Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Blair Witch is directed by Adam Wingard and stars James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, and Brandon Scott. It is a sequel to the 1999 film The Blair Witch Project. When he discovers a video depicting his sister’s (Heather) experiences in the original film, James convincing a small group of friends to come with him into the woods to try and find his sister.
The Blair Witch Project could be one of the most debated films in recent history. Some people consider it to be one of the best horror films of all time. Others say it was extremely boring, and not even that scary. This new film, Blair Witch, acts like a direct sequel to the original and mostly ignores the events of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.
This year has brought many critically praised horror films to the big screen. Just recently the film Don’t Breathe hit theaters, and I would consider that to be one of the best of the year. So how does Blair Witch hold up?
The one job that any horror/thriller flick has is to scare the audience, and Blair Witch managed to do that. It had some scary moments. Unfortunately, in between all of those moments it failed at basically everything else.
The story in this film is basically just one guy saying “Hey, let’s go find my sister.” His friends come with him, some spooky stuff happens in the woods, and that’s the end. It’s very obvious that this film is just trying to capitalize on the popularity of the now 17-year-old original film. Due to the film’s inexpensive five-million-dollar budget, it will probably make a decent amount of profit. That’s the unfortunate thing about modern horror films, studios have discovered they can make them for next to nothing, and make their money back five-fold. Blair Witch is a blatant product of that.
This film feels like it was put together by somebody that runs haunted houses for a living. Yes, haunted houses can be fun, but there’s no need for compelling characters or a decent plotline with them. Many haunted houses rely purely upon jump scares to freak out their audience. Blair Witch does the exact same thing. This isn’t the type of film that gets into your head with suspense or tension. It’s basically an hour-and-a-half of walking in the woods, loud noises, and sticks. The only time you’re actually “scared” is when the film uses cheap jump scares to “frighten” you.
Blair Witch is no different than many other found footage horror films of today. It uses quick jump cuts and sudden surprises to try and scare the audience. It has no sense of suspense and almost no respect for the audience paying to see it. It did have a few scary moments, but nothing overly terrifying. The original Blair Witch Project did the smart thing in not showing the Blair Witch. In Blair Witch you see her briefly several times, and the sense of mystery is gone. If you’re really into the modern scary movie that relies mainly on jump scares, then you'll probably enjoy Blair Witch. Otherwise, don’t feel the need to see it.
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