The Blair Witch Project (1999)
“The Blair Witch Project,” an extraordinarily effective horror film. It has no fancy special effects or digital monsters as it was recorded with a Handycam camera, but its characters get lost in the woods, hear noises in the night and find disturbing stick figures hanging from trees. One of them discovers slime on his backpack. Because their imaginations have been inflamed by talk of witches, hermits and child murderers in the forest, because their food is running out and their smokes are gone, they (and we) are a lot more scared than if they were merely being chased by some guy in a ski mask. The audience witnesses several paranormal activities which I personally found extremely disturbing because of its realism.
Many people believed for years that all the events that happened in the film were real because of the marketing strategy of the director. The Blair Witch Project, was the first film to successfully harness the power of the internet, capitalizing on the fact that no one was quite sure where to turn to for trustworthy information. There were many fake interviews, photographs and diary entries to which misguided the audience into believing that the film/ documentary was real.