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    17 Facts About “The Blair Witch Project” That Will Blow Your Mind

    Safe word: "taco."

    1. Some people were convinced that Heather Donahue was actually dead and sent her mother sympathy cards.

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    2. The film only had an initial $20-25K budget to shoot.

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    3. The entire film was shot in eight days but took eight months to edit.

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    4. The "script" was 35 pages long and contained no dialogue.

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    5. Part of the reason why the actors believed the Blair Witch legend during filming was due to a Burkittsville local sharing her made-up account of the witch.

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    6. The directors purposefully gave the actors less and less food each day in order to promote conflict. The last two days each consisted of a Power Bar, fruit, and water.

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    7. Josh's disappearance in the film was welcomed by actor Joshua Leonard, since there was a Jane's Addiction concert he wanted to go see.

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    8. The actors agreed to stay in character throughout filming, but if they needed a break, they collectively had to speak the safety word "taco."

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    9. The name "Blair" came from co-director Eduardo Sanchez's older sister's time at Blair High School.

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    She played a waitress in the film.

    10. The well-known scene with Heather's zoomed-in face was not planned! She didn't realize the camera was that zoomed in.

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    11. Production had to get (very expensive) rights for Heather quoting the Gilligan's Island theme song around the campfire.

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    12. Due to the film's popularity, the Burkittsville sign has been stolen multiple times.

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    13. Due to the shaky camera movements in the film, some people got sick in the theaters.

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    14. Heather and Josh were originally supposed to have a romantic relationship.

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    15. The bundle of tied sticks consists of actual human teeth and Josh Leonard's hair.

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    16. Most of the film was improvised, with the directors only keeping track using GPS and leaving little notes.

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    17. And finally, the camera that Josh uses in the film ended up selling for $10,000 on eBay after the film wrapped.

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