Blair Witch (2016)
Director: Adam Wingard
Main Stars: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Valorie Curry, Wes Robinson, Brandon Scott
Storyline: Again, a videotape has been found with and some young people are missing that were wandering in the deep forest that is haunted.
Review (Spoils): In the Black Hills Forest tales of a haunting has been legendary. James (James Allen McCune) wants to finally put to rest his sister Heathers disappearance on the woods. A team of young people being led by James kind of head into the woods during the day to find out if the stories are true about what exists in the woods. As they travel deeper and get lost in the maze and night starts to fall, they all start to lose their sanity.
Once again, a tape has been found which bring a young back on a hunt for his missing sister from 20 years ago. The storyline of this one has not changed much from the original, but it is okay to burn 1.5 hours. Sure, the young people are super annoying and do stupid things and think they are all super cool and tough but really the scares are the same as before.
We have a dark forest, shaky camera action that you have no idea what the fuck is going on, people staring in the corner of the room (but this is explained so that was nice), lots of yelling, cool witch tokens hanging on trees, mud and some flashing lights. Nothing out of the ordinary with this film at all.
Rating: Not sure why this film was made and the reasoning it needed to be told but it was nice connection to the first one, but it did not stray from it at all. The characters were super annoying except for Callie Hernandez as she is hot. The scares were limited and looking back maybe this could be watched again as a drinking game when someone name is called. Or if there is a group of you each choose a name and drink too it.
5/ 10 Beers!
Blair Witch 2 : Book of Shadows (2000)
Director: Jo Berlinger
Main Stars: Jeffery Donovan, Stephen Barker Turner, Erica Leerhsen , Tristine Skyler, Erica Leershen, Kim Director
Storyline: A group of young people after viewing the Blair Witch Project explore the myth.
Review (Spoils): due to the success of the film someone decides to cash in on this and opens the Blair Witch Hunt Tour. A group of young people join this to see what the myth is all about as they loved the film. They end up in Rustin’s Parr’s old house and spend the night. They did not sleep at all that night and realise yet they don not remember anything that happened. After investigating this truth comes out that the witch has come for them.
If you took the tag of the Blair Witch off this film and changed the myth to something else this film actually would have been decent. Unfortunately how do you try to make a sequel to something that was sold as a video tape of a real documentary? You can’t …so that’s why this film was set to fail. The film outside of the name is actual good. We have some trippy nightmares, some blood and some babes (Kim Director the goth chick of my heart). The play back of the film within the story is actually fun and this does pass off as a nice haunted film but drop the idea of it being Blair Witch.
Rating: I will honestly say I never understood why people went crazy for the Blair Witch Project as I found myself bored in the theater till the very end. Was it unique yes but at least this has some babes and it’s more like a haunted cabin film which in a way was the more interesting part of the first film. Now does that make this a classic and the original not? Of course not…. But you can drink to the goth babe!
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
Main Stars: Heather Donahue, Micheal C.Williams, Joshua Leonard
Storyline: Three film students go missing into the woods of Maryland as they were making a documentary of the local Blair Witch legend.
Review (Spoils): The film is all about emotion and creepiness. It works off of fear and the stripping of defeat with one’s self when lost and terrified. Three students in the woods trying to tape a documentary on the legend of the Blair Witch, slowly one by one their wills are broken as they get lost in the dark, hear sounds, wooden branch dolls, screaming sounds, children laughter and lots of running in the woods. The film works off of being terrified and it does work. The movie is original for its time and great a huge cult following and even got a spot on tv to make the audience feel that it was really and the students were really were missing.
Rating: This is one of the original films done with a video camera that many copied after. If you do not mind lots of talking and shaking camera work with your haunting film this is for you. I recommend all horror fans to at least check this out once as it is a classic for being one of the first for the video camera type film. Not the greatest film or most terrifying as many claim but it is worth checking out.