The Blair Witch Project is thought to be the first widely released movie marketed primarily by internet. The movie's official website featured fake police reports and "newsreel-style" interviews. These augmented the movie's found footage style to spark debates across the internet over whether the movie was a real-life documentary or a work of fiction.

The film tells the story of three student filmmakers (Heather DonahueMichael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard) who disappeared while hiking in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The viewers are told the three were never seen or heard from again, although their video and sound equipment (along with most of the footage they shot) was discovered a year later and that this "recovered footage" is the film the viewer is watching.

The film received generally positive reception from critics and went on to gross over US$248 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful independent movies of all time. Read more:

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YEARS before The Blair Witch Project, Orson Welles broadcast a now infamous War of the Worlds hoax.

Read up on how Orson Well's radio broadcast of his novel was adapted to

appear as a news broadcast - and apparently, had the nation shaking in fear! 

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