There was before The Blair Witch Project, and after The Blair Witch Project. The 81-minute, $60,000 indie film arrived on a huge wave of viral marketing, in late July 1999, and a few months later, it was a legitimate phenomenon. The movie's elaborate ad campaign took off like wildfire on the internet (yes, even in 1999 that stuff happened) and helped turn a micro-budget horror movie into a smash hit that pulled in over $248 million worldwide. The cherry on top: It easily ranks among the best horror movies of all time.
The Blair Witch Project changed the horror genre forever, virtually giving birth to the "found footage" style of horror filmmaking, and reminding jaded viewers they could still be scared. Which movies have come closest to chilling the spine in the last 17 years? We rank the truly terrifying titles of this new millennium: