The final frames of The Blair Witch Project are beautifully enigmatic. Michael faces a corner as Heather, who holds the camera, is about to meet a grim, unseen end. It's chilling. It's so iconic we use that film as a measuring stick for other films. However, it turns out there was almost an entirely different ending, according to the directors in a recent interview.
Co-directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez told Entertainment Weekly the ending was a product of wanting to do something jarring and strange. It was also a product of having no budget to do something more elaborate.
"When we came up with that ending we had been agonizing over making sure there was a pay-off," Myrick told EW. "We didn’t want to lead the audience on this entire build-up and then just cut to black; there needed to be some kind of what-the-f–k moment at the end, but at the same time we didn’t want to see a person in a bad witch costume come out and grab them."
"We didn’t have any money, so we couldn’t do any special effects so we had to figure out how to end it without ruining the rest of the film," Sanchez added. "We came up with the idea three days before we shot it. We thought it was great — kind of unexplained, but it gave you the idea that something supernatural was happening."