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Successful Independent Films You Might’ve Never Seen

The Blair Witch Project

Artisan Entertainment

Horror films were changed forever with the release of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project. With a $60,000 budget, the found-footage film earned a whopping $248.6 million at the box office. The Blair Witch Project became the first film to utilize the Internet to promote the film. The IMDB page labeled the actors as missing while the film’s website showcased fake interviews. Its success launched a franchise, which includes sequels, comic books, and video games. The film influenced future movies such as Paranormal Activity, The Last Exorcism, and Cloverfield