‘The Stepfather’ had plenty of material to work off of for this character. He’s clearly based on a real person: John List, one of the most notorious family annihilators in history.
Unlike accidentally summoning Hell Raiser or dream battling Freddy Krueger, home invasion murders have been played out horrifically in real life throughout history.
All things considered, the movie makes superb compromises between “we want to grow a garden of nightmares but without killing any kids.”
The Blair Witch Project deeply understands a universal human truth, which is: Fuck The Woods.