Review: Blair Witch
Released by Lionsgate on 15 September 2016
Length: 1h 29m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry.
After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.
Back in the early 2000’s, I watched a movie called The Blair Witch Project which at that point scared me so much, I had to sleep in my sister’s room because I couldn’t get myself to make the two-step journey to my own room. I was convinced the movie was a documentary, and that the people in it had actually been murdered by the Blair Witch. (Of course, when I found out it wasn’t a real docu, years later, I was pissed). Several sequels have been made, I believe, but I only watched one of those (and it wasn’t as creepy as the original one), but this year they released a sequel that was directly connected to the 1999 movie.
Blair Witch tells the story of James, the brother of Heather (from the original trio) who is convinced his sister is still alive and out there in the woods. Together with three of his friends and two of the locals, they journey through the woods where his sister and her two friends disappeared all those years ago, in order to find that same house. But then they find out that after all these years, the Blair Witch is still out there.
I am honestly convinced that either I am getting more used to horror movies, or the horror movies that I’ve seen the past year have just gotten crappier. Because this movie was not scary at all. Most of the ‘scary’ parts in the movie were jump-scares, where one of the characters would suddenly appear in front of the camera and the one holding it would scream because they hadn’t expected that. Honestly, this happened so often in the movie that after a while I just got tired of it.
Like the original movie, this one was ‘filmed’ by the characters, with in-ear cameras, a drone and a couple of normal cameras as well. And while I do enjoy these type of ‘found footage’ films, this time I wasn’t that happy with it. Partly because the movie took place almost entirely in a dark forest, and partly because they ran – a lot. Which meant a lot of the footage was blurry and bouncy as the camera, of course, bounced when they were running. This reminded me a lot of the first Hunger Games movie, and it made me feel nauseous and headachey. So while it added to the authenticity of the movie, it just didn’t work out that well, in my opinion.View Spoiler »I thought we finally got a shot of the Blair Witch in this movie, but according to one of the crew members, the creature we saw wasn’t the witch. It was apparently one of her victims, which makes me wonder why they decided to include it at all. The creature was not scary at all, in fact, it looked a bit like the Hollows from Miss Peregrines. Also, we never got a clear shot of the creature – the only two (three?) shots that we got were quick shots as Lisa looked around a room. Bit of a shame, because I do think that if we’d gotten a (clear) shot of the actual witch, I would not have been able to sleep at night « Hide Spoiler
Blair Witch had a cast of mostly unknown actors, at least for me it was. I didn’t know any of the cast members before seeing this movie, but I have to say they were cast really well. I honestly felt a bit anxious for them all throughout the movie. View Spoiler »And while I knew they would probably all end up dead by the end of the movie, I was kind of hoping at least one of them would get out. « Hide Spoiler
So yeah, in the end, I really didn’t enjoy Blair Witch though I enjoyed seeing a direct sequel to the original movie (rather than just completely unrelated characters in that Book of Shadows movie), but it wasn’t as thrilling or scary as that original movie. If you’re a horror movie freak, go and check it out, but honestly, don’t expect much of it!
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