And the rest of the gang? Jeremy and Lisa, the two campers who make it to Rustin Parr's cabin, encounter the disembodied voices of their loved ones, and a blinding light that beams through the cracked wood just as the camera cuts to black. Here's the real cockamamie theory: Blair Witch and the surrounding mythology is one big alien story. The lost time, the arena-like quality to the Black Hills, the spindly creatures, and the rumbling, roaring final set piece, resemble a different kind of American folklore: alien-abduction narratives. UFO sightings have been occurring stateside since 1639. Was "Blair, MD" the victim of alien tenure?
Barrett wasn't going to touch my extraterrestrial theory with a 10ft tree branch, but he did remind me that, in the 1999 movie, Heather, Michael, and Josh do wake up one morning to find blue slime on Josh's bag. Intriguing. What he did say, and what's clear from his movie, is a love for homegrown legends and the potential density of made-up mythology.