Blair Witch (2016)
17 years after the first movie, Heather’s younger brother James (James Allen McCune), who was 4 when she disappeared, is now on the hunt to look for her. Planning on retracing her steps, James, along with his friends and 2 locals head out into the Black Hills Forest in hopes to learn more about the Blair Witch.
First off, I want to say that if you go read my review for The Blair Witch Project, you see I enjoyed it only slightly. I never saw the Book of Shadows, so I can’t comment on that one, but this movie follows a similar formula to the first movie. The first 20 minutes of the movie is calm and is mainly for back story and character development. Once the group gets in the woods, “strange” things begin to happen that are both cliché and not scary. Normally I would rant about this, but I’m tired of ranting over horror films of today relying on jump scares and weird noises to scare moviegoers.
As the movie progresses, just as in the original, we are greeted with people yelling at each other in the middle of nowhere using shaky cameras to capture it all. I don’t get the need for these found footage movies but when you can’t look at the screen because of the amount of shaking, then hire a new editor. I understand trying to be authentic, but when images are THAT hard to see, you have a major problem.
Towards the end, this movie becomes something different from the original. It becomes a true horror due to gore and grotesque images. I’m not exactly sure if this is a plus or a minus, because by this time, you already know this movie is bogus. Just like all the rest of the horror films these days, Blair Witch fails to set itself apart from the rest. It feels samey and it doesn’t scare. Sure there are some tense moments, but what other shitty horror film doesn’t. This movie didn’t need to be made and it just tries to copy the formula of the original.
At the end of the day, this movie will be easily forgotten about. It tries its best to be something scary and tense, but when everything else follows the same formula, it isn’t doing itself any favors. If you are a fan of the found footage films, this one might please you, but otherwise, this is a pass solely on the lack of originality. I’m getting tired of these movies. Co-starring Callie Hernandez, James Allen McCune, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, Corbin Reid and Valorie Curry.
5/10 Stars – If this were the first of its kind, it might have some promise, but this movie is not original nor memorable.