Monday, January 6, 2014

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 - Review - @BrandonCSites / #BlairWitch

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) **
D: Joe Berlinger
C: Kim Director, Jeffrey Donovan, Erica Leerhsen, Tristine Skyler, Stephen Barker Turner
P: A group of young adults, having seen The Blair Witch Project, travel to the very woods that the original was filmed at, looking for their very own Blair Witch type experience. What they don't expect is that the myth in the film to indeed be very true as they find themselves trapped like the characters in the fictional film.

Not the total misfire that people made it out to be when it first came out in 2000. This sequel dares to branch out and do something different, instead of just being a carbon copy of the original, but that isn't what audiences were expecting or quite frankly wanted. 

In it, a group of young adults are all looking for their own Blair Witch esque type experience following the success of the original movie. However, they find themselves in over their heads when they discover that the Blair Witch is not just some movie based urban legend, but an actual supernatural entity. What is the Blair Witch? What does the Blair Witch want with this group of kids? And what plans does the Blair Witch have in store for them? All of these questions are answered in a clever finale.

Initially, the film starts out with various people commenting about the success of The Blair Witch Project. The locals from the town in which the original was filmed are now on Ebay selling twig figurines similar to those seen in the movie. Tourist have descended upon the town. The film starts out intriguingly as a social commentary on the original film, but once the film establishes that the Blair Witch is not just the stuff of movie folklore, it has nowhere left to go until the finale.

There's some atmospheric photography, a lot of spooky noises and the characters arguing with one another about what to do over their troubling predicament. After awhile, it becomes tiresome and repetitive. The film is left to meander from one scene to the next without any real purpose and a lot of false scares that don't amount to much.

The original film suffered from some backlash when it was released to video, so the makers of this sequel rushed this film into production to capitalize on what money they could squeeze out of The Blair Witch moniker. This sequel starts out well, ends well and has some interesting ideas floating around, but it isn't fully realized or thought out. [R] 90 mins. 

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