Mike and Heather theorize that Josh's screams are a fabrication by the witch to draw them out of their tent. After spending the night at a motel, the students explore the woods in north Burkittsville to research the legend.
Donahue read up on witchcraft and how to survive in the woods. That night, Heather records herself apologizing to her family and to Mike's and Josh's families, taking full responsibility for their predicament. Donahue hasn't logged any acting credits since There's metaphor and meaning galore to be unpacked, particularly in the social media age, but simplicity is key in Blair Witch, with a creeping, tick-tock feeling of despair engulfing the increasingly small circles our doomed protagonists scurry in.
Of course, the whole thing was fiction. Locals tell them of Rustin Parr, a hermit who lived in the woods and kidnapped eight children in the s, killing seven of them supposedly on the orders of the witch.
Over the next several years, they came up with the Blair Witch lore, hired a few unknown actors who could do improv, scraped some money together and production got underway in October of A casting call advertisement in Backstage magazine was prepared by the directors, and Donahue, Williams and Leonard were cast.
The real fear that registers on their face is just pure performance.
He also tells them of a young girl named Robin Weaver, who went missing in ; when she returned three days later, she talked about "an old woman whose feet never touched the ground.