Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) Review

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) Review

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

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was directed by Joe Berlinger (who also directed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile) and stars Kim Director , Jeffrey Donovan (from Extinction) and Erica Leerhsen (from The Butterfly Room , Living Hell , Wrong Turn 2: Dead End , The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). It's about a group of people on a Blair Witch tour who get the firsthandexperience they were after, and immediately regret it.

Evil Doesn't Die.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 Review

People love to hate on Book of Shadows. It has a dismal 14% on RottenTomatoes and a 4/10 on IMDb. Critics complain that it doesn't stand upagainst the original Blair Witch Project . "Lacking the edgyclaustrophobia of the first film" says William Thomas of Empire."Instead of creating a sequel to The Blair Witch Project, Joe Berlingerbrings to the big screen a clumsy 'documentary' about what happenedafterward." says Steven Isaac of Plugged in. "Crappy sequel to thehugely successful low-budget Blair Witch Project" says utgard14 on IMDb.

These people don't know what they're talking about.

These are the guys who want sequels to be just as mind blowing as theoriginals they follow. They compare every detail to the originalconcepts. They expect to be just as shocked by a sequel that can onlyexpand on what was previously shocking. They went into Book of Shadowshoping it was going to be another Blair Witch Project, anothermind-blowingly original genre defining film. Sure, good luck with that.

What Book of Shadows actually delivered was a incredibly entertainingand scary sequel that could easily stand on its own. It took the lore ofthe original and expanded on it by showing the effects that lore had onfans worldwide. It also confirmed the lore of the Blair Witch in no uncertainterms. It had a strong story, great cast, suspense, skepticism, horror,comic relief, psychedelic reality bending scenes and a clever twist ending.What more could you want from a sequel?

I personally really liked The Blair Witch Project, despite what otherfellow reviewers had to say . It was one of the scarier movies I had seenback in '99. But honestly, I have to say I like Book of Shadows more. Itgives you all the supernatural awesomeness that the Blair Witch Projectdid, but without the shaky cam and incessant screaming.

How the new Blair Witch from 2016 got double the Rotten Tomatoesscore is beyond me. It's just more of the same shaky cam and screaming.Book of Shadows takes what the Blair Witch Project created and expandson it in a severely underrated horror that gives you everything a horrorfan could want.

Some of the special effects might not have aged well, but that'sliterally the only fault I could find in this movie that I've alreadyseen 3 times and will be seeing again before long.

Worth Watching?

Definitely, yes. If you haven't seen it yet, don't believe all thecritics. Book of Shadows is a solid horror movie that shouldn't becompared directly to The Blair Witch Project. Enjoy it for what it isand you won't be disappointed.

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