Review: Blair Witch
There’s a new addition to the Blair Witch franchise 17 years after the first film. Lionsgate approached Director Adam Wingard and Screenwriter Simon Barrett (V/H/S, You're Next, and The Guest) about creating a new one and they already had what they wanted in mind. Barrett and Wingard apparently went over each "scare" that they created in the film to analyze how they thought the audience would react to it. They also went over why each scene would be scary. Part of the problem is most of it are jump scares and there's not a lot of creativity in providing suspense.
In Blair Witch, Heather (the female from the first film) is missing. Her brother, James (James Allen McCune) finds a video on youtube of someone going out in the Black Hills Woods and it is a glowy eyed person that he believes could be his sister. He assembles 3 other friends to go look. While they are there, they meet 2 people from the area that become somewhat antagonistic. After camping out one night, they awake to eerie voices among other things.
This is a nice attempt at a sequel except it's just rehashing what we have already seen. Of course it's a large improvement over Book of Shadows, but that's not saying much. There’s not a lot of substance to the story and there were so many story elements that were shown, but never explained. My big hang up is that the whole thing is shot like the first, with a camcorder. There is a drone camera in this one though, but it still doesn't add much to the story.
Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale
A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now
B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places
C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it
D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.
F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever