This week's DVD releases, out Jan. 3, show how good and bad scary productions can be.
"Blair Witch"; zero stars: It wasn't a smart script or great acting that made "The Blair Witch Project" a box-office sensation in 1999. It was the creative way the movie was put together and promoted that created buzz around the quirky indie.
Even before "The Blair Witch Project" opened, there was a website and a cable special that related the story of a group of young people who went missing in some Maryland woods. The only thing left was shaky footage that gave insight into their night of terror in the woods.
The found-footage style was original when...