Blair Witch movie review - Aussieboyreviews
DOES BLAIR WITCH LIVE UP AS A TERRIFYING FOUND-FOOTAGE SEQUEL TO THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC?
Unfortunately, this terrifying yet terrible horror sequel is flawed and changed. There’s soundtrack, lots of false scares throughout and plot holes.
After James discovers the found footage that captured the moments before his sister’s mysterious disappearance, he and his friends experience terrifying circumstances as they decide to try to search for his sister in the woods said to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.
Director: Adam Wingard
Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Wes Robinson
Writer: Simon Barrett
Release Date (Australia): 15 September 2016
Runtime: 89 minutes/1h 29m
Country: Canada, USA
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
Themes in the film centre on supernatural themes and horror themes.
The film contains brief depictions of violence and injury detail, including a character implicitly being stabbed with accompanying detail and graphic depictions of a large cut on the bottom of a character’s foot.
The film features use of the word “f**k”.
The film contains mild drug references.
The film contains a mild crude reference to oral sex.
R (for language, terror and some disturbing images)
Aussie boy's thoughts
The amount of false scares in this Blair Witch horror movie is actually maddening, even more so than most of today’s horror movies. It’s especially angering because if they had just simply, so simply avoided those horribly nonsense clichés, this movie would very likely have higher scores. Because the plot’s premise, which is Heather’s brother heading into the forest with his friends in an attempt to find more information on her mysterious disappearance, is something very easy to come up with, but is also appealing.
You already know and can expect that you’re gonna see a larger group of friends face these terrifying circumstances together, with more characters equalling more dramas, arguments and a higher kill count. Blair Witch delivers all of these elements using very strong acting, enough swearing and several sequences that are actually terrifying, especially the ending which is as twisted as the first film. But even now, there’s even some soundtrack accompanying the already terrifying scenes, which is completely unnecessary and they should’ve just stuck to the scary noises.
But when this horror sequel could’ve been flying high with the critics, receiving the praise and acclaim it could’ve chosen to get, it ruins the entire thing with just a few moments throughout: false jump-scares and terror that turns out to be fake. There’s moments that are actually pretty scary, especially when you’re watching it alone in a dark room. This movie actually depicts the horrifying Blair Witch in brief instances, which kind of eliminates the looming threat horror technique, but is acceptable. However, the good scares are overtaken by the terrible clichés.
Stop here if you want to go into the film without any further details, but these horrible, hated and excessively maddening false scares consist of the idiotic characters literally sneaking up on each other and scaring each other in already intense situations, when who in the actual blank does that? And the terror assigned for the film’s first act all turns out to be set up by these two other hatable characters who shouldn’t have been involved in anything other than the beholders of the found footage from The Blair Witch Project.
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