‘Blair Witch’ 2016 (Review) – Same Movie, Better Cameras

Directed by Adam Wingard
Written by Simon Barrett.
Stars: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez,
Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson
Rating: R

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.

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As I mentioned before in a previous post I wasn’t actually that impressed with 1999’s The Blair Witch Project. Like everyone else for the two weeks that I thought it was real it was slightly good. Then Heather Whatsherface (Donahue) started appearing on MTV for interviews, confirming the film was just another scripted movie. Then Blair Witch Project became less good, the plot holes were too much to be forgiven and my opinion changed. But, we in the horror genre give The Blair Witch Project respect because the film is the granddad of the found footage sub-genre. However, I still must express how bored I am with found footage as of now. Paranormal Activity offered a bright spot, but even that franchise has turned a bit meh too.

Blair Witch 2016 picks up almost 20 years after the original. We learn there was a search of the Burketsville Woods for the three missing film-makers; but nothing was ever recovered. That is until a local posts a video of the house where Heather was supposedly last seen. Enter Heather’s brother who sets out with his friends to search the woods for her. He believes that she is still somehow alive in the woods. Yay, for optimism I guess.

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Armed with HD cameras equipped with GPS and a drone the new group including the couple that posted the new video enter Witch Forest. And the chaos begins. Spooky noises, wooden figures appear in trees, people stand in corners – sound familiar?

As not to spoil you guys, you will have to watch the film yourself to see if it’s a fools errand or not. Although, this is a far better sequel in terms of the previous sequel, Blair Witch 2016 is a bit boring. We did however get a little more back-story on the witch. Actually, making a film about that would probably be more fun and interesting. The scenes in the 2016 version were better than the first, because technology is better of course. However, the scenes are still cut in away where the viewer might have a hard time figuring out what is happening. The characters and acting is better as well if not annoying. Pretty much the same gripes I had in 1999.

I am also not surprised Blair Witch 2016 didn’t do well this weekend at the box office. The young lady who sold me my ticket at the theater had no idea there was a previous film, asking “Is this a horror movie or something?” My ass is old!

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