Blair Witch (2016) Review

Blair Witch (2016) Review

by Yo Adrian on November 13th, 2019 | Movie Review | Found Footage, Urban Legend, Wilderness, Witchcraft

Blair Witch was directed by Adam Wingard (who also directed Death Note , You're Next and A Horrible Way to Die) and stars James Allen Mccune , Callie Hernandez (from The Endless) and Brandon Scott . It's about a group of friends who venture into the Burkittsville woodslooking for Heather, from the original Blair Witch Project.

There's something evil hiding in the woods.

Blair Witch Review

Blair Witch is like a sequel to The Blair Witch Project , where a groupof people go out and basically recreate what happened to the originalBlair Witch crew. It's odd because there's already a sequel called Bookof Shadows , which was about a group of people who do the exact samething. So, I suppose Blair Witch is like a reboot of Book of Shadows?Not really, because Blair Witch feels like a scene-by-scene reboot ofThe Blair Witch Project. It happens in modern times, but it follows theoriginal very closely.

Like the original, there's endless running, screaming and camerashaking. There's scratchy microphones, screaming, and did I mention theendless camera shaking? A lot of screaming too. And camera shaking. Itwas a tough watch.

There was another aspect of Blair Witch that really took me out of themovie. They really wanted to drive home the fact that this was a modernremake. The campers had way more modern gadgets than necessary. They haddrones, portable GPS devices, cell phones, jump drives, batterychargers, hard drives to dump SD cards, special op style LED's. Theydidn't let you forget for a second that this movie didn't take place inthe 90's.

And then there were the jump scares. I'm not actually too sensitive about them in general, Iunderstand that directors weave them in for fun, because despite all thegripes, go to a jump scare movie in a theater and you'll hear a lot ofscreaming and laughing. They're a cheap way to scare people, but a lotof people have fun with them, so I get it. But this movie just took the jump scares to an obnoxious level. None of them felt natural and theywere relentless.

The Blair Witch Project was a groundbreaking movie that lined up thisnew Blair Witch with a lot of potential. But instead, it's just aretelling of the same movie with a lot of gadgets, and did I mention the jump scares?

Worth Watching?

If you loved The Blair Witch Project you'll probably love Blair Witch.It really gives you more of what you would have liked from the original.If you weren't so hot on the original, or if you generally don't like Found Footage movies , you'll probably hate this one as much as I did.


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