Review from "FilmThreat.com" 10/24/99
THE OZ WITCH PROJECT
(1999, 9 minutes, color and black and white video, Monkeys in Silk
Productions, Directed by Michael Rotman)
A fun and inventive spoof of the oh-so popular Blair Witch Project, The Oz Witch Project follows the beloved characters from the Wizard of Oz and their quest to document the mystery of the Wicked Witch of the West.
"In October of 1994, four friends disappeared in the woods near Emerald City while shooting a documentary called 'The Oz Witch Project.' A Year Later their footage was found." Dorothy, Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow set off with cameras in hand to get to the bottom of the mystery of the Wicked Witch of the West. After the brainless Scarecrow looses the map to the yellow brick road, the group gets lost in the woods. In a hilarious sequence, in fighting begins with various profanities shouted at one another including much of the group ganging up on Scarecrow for screwing up. A frustrated Dorothy shouts out, "where the fuck is the yellow brick road?" What follows are parody scenes directly lifted from the Blair Witch Project, as the four wander the woods, finding strange cult-like signs. Tin Man and the Lion disappear apparently attacked by some evil munchkins while in their tent. Dorothy and Scarecrow set out, searching aimlessly for their missing friends. Distraught and scared, Dorothy sits on a rock and begins to sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," only to be interrupted by Scarecrow who shouts, "Don't even fucking start." As expected, our four friends never find the yellow brick road or their way out of the woods. Using the now infamous camera movements and intensity of Blair Witch along with the costumes and personalities of the OZ characters, The Oz Witch Project manages to parody two films at the same time. A combination that delivers more laughs in 9 minutes than many so called "comedy" features. - Brian Bertoldo