There were PSA films warning girls about all the horrible ‘unnecessary’ things that can befall babysitters. The films focused on girls learning ‘good judgment’ like not letting strangers into the house while babysitting. How helpful!
All things considered, the movie makes superb compromises between “we want to grow a garden of nightmares but without killing any kids.”
Kids like scary stories. Parents like to ban scary stories that kids like to read. This is a natural cycle of Americana.
The Blair Witch Project deeply understands a universal human truth, which is: Fuck The Woods.
These stories are ancient, have their own flavors of terror, act as morality tales, mirror real life problems and… well they’re also pretty fun to listen to.