Blair Witch

 

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I went to see the movie “Blair Witch”, which is a direct sequel to the 1999 film “The Blair Witch Project”.  When I read online that the trailer for this movie was premiered at Comic Con in California, it really caught my interest.  I will say that I did not go online looking for the trailer because I figured that I would catch it on television or on Facebook sometime in the near future.  I’m sure all of you have seen the trailer for the film by now, and in my opinion, it looked extremely good.  I will warn you now, that this post will have spoilers about the film, so if you don’t want anything about the film ruined, you may want to come back and read this article once you’ve watched it.

To begin off, I think this sequel was brilliantly done.  It followed the same format as the first film as it being slow at the beginning to build characters and to get the audience invested in these young people’s characters.  The main character, James Donahue is directly related to Heather, the girl who went missing in the original film.  The reason why he and three other people go into the Black Woods is due to footage that was found that showed a woman that could have been Heather Donahue, and James wanted to go and look for his sister.  A friend of his was making a documentary of James’ search for his sister.  Yes, this is a found footage film, which is totally appropriate since “The Blair Witch Project” jumped off a slew of found footage films since it’s genius marketing and format back in 1999.  Keeping with the found footage format keeps it in the same vane as the original, something that Blair Witch 2 broke from, and helped with the intense suspense in the film.

In this film, you can actually catch glimpses of the creature in the woods.  The noises and strange things that happen in the words have been taken to the next level.  I don’t want to give up too much of the movie, but I will say that the end of the film ends up in the same house the original film ends.  Once the surviving characters reach the house, prepare a really good ending to the film.  It’s nothing that you won’t see coming, but it’s a satisfying end to the movie.

This movie is definitely worth going to watch.  I wouldn’t mind going back to watch the movie again.  The original sequel “Book of Shadows” went so far away from the original premise of “The Blair Witch Project”, that it’s barely recognizable as even being related to the film, except for them mentioning and going to the Black Hills at the beginning and showing the tree where the footage was found, mentioning a few legends from the original, but other than that, the second film was a very strange film that was just….beyond strange.  This film gets 9 out of 10 stars from me.  The only movie so far that I give perfect 10 to was “The Conjuring 2”.  Not many films live up or surpass the original, but that film does.

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