Rapid Review: Blair Witch

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When James (James Allen McCune) finds footage that appears to be of his missing sister Heather, who had disappeared 20 years earlier while investigating the Blair Witch. After meeting the locals who uploaded the village He and his friends go and investigate in the woods. Soon they find themselves trapped in a nightmare situation with seemingly no way out.

This sequel surprised everyone on release as no announcements had been made beforehand that at a Blair Witch sequel was in the works and the movie was filmed under the title The Woods. After the awful result of  Book of Shadows: Blair Witch it’s a relief that the director/writer combo  Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (who made the excellent You’re Next) have given the Blair Witch a worthier sequel.

At it’s best the film is a good retread of the original film and adds some nice touches like the use of drones instead of just handheld cameras. Theres also some nice tense moments like a claustraphobic scene in an underground tunnel and some effective jump scares. However there’s only so much originality can be added to a film like Blair Witch and the action can get overfamiliar at times with characters that are vaguely drawn.

Rating 3.5/5 – effective but ultimately unoriginal horror

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2 responses to “Rapid Review: Blair Witch

  1. Hey Lauren, cool review yo! 😀

    I think I’m one of the few people that liked this film, I have no giant attachment to The Blair Witch Project, I saw it when I was 9 and was too scared to go back to it (yeah I’ll admit that 15+ years later). But I decided to throw caution to the wind and check this film out and I thought it was cool how the filmmakers added to the Blair Witch mythology and added the new type of cameras to mix up the cinematography. At the end of the day the film was just a reworked version of the old film with some less scary moments, but for me as someone who hates being scared in the cinema I thought it was solid.

    • I’m not a fan of camping so just going a horror film that takes place while cmaping is enough to scare me! I think the film is good it’s just hard to beta the original which is so iconic.

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