Blair Witch Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
Director: Adam Wingard
Writer: Simon Barrett
Starring: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Where It Can Be Seen: In Theaters Now!
In 1999, a group of filmmakers conjured up a story, took three relatively fresh faced actors and put them out in the woods for 8 days. What would follow would be a phenomenon that no one could've seen coming and the film they had set out to make changed the face of horror. A year later, a cinematic sequel was born, as opposed to it's Found Footage format counterpart. Now, this year, director Adam Wingard (You're Next, The Guest) and his screenwriting collaborator for years now, Simon Barrett, are working together again to tackle a fresh take on a Blair Witch sequel! Once again bringing in a group of fresh faced actors whom I haven't really seen in anything before, taking them out into the woods and scaring the shit out of them with an old told myth of a witch who has a messed up way to kill you! Of course because it's 2016, the technology in video equipment have come along, so naturally some more high tech gadgets are introduced, which adds to a getting a more better quality out of the footage. Although, I have to be honest, personally I really love that old grainy look to the footage of the first film. But I digress.
I thought this new cast of kids were great! They really gave it their all and went there! And for a fella like me who lives with anxiety, a minute, minute and half moment in a scene in which a character is hyperventilating and needs to be calmed down by another character until she did was highly effective in making me squirm! Using more cameras and camera angles in creative ways really added to the realistic feel of what was going on. Even though what was going on was something supernatural in nature. The performances were handled authentically, even by the one character who was the skeptic really spoke as the collective voice of most people. I thought the link between the first film and this one was very clever, using the fact that Heather in the first film, had a brother who grew up with the stigma of never knowing what happened to his sister. Thus giving him a full fledged push to obsession in finding her. Until his obsession, and the obsession of his friend who wanted so badly to make a great documentary film, ultimately leads them to their own demise. It really lit the burners in giving validity for this story to happen in such a realistic way. For me anyway, I cannot speak for others because I know there have been those, since the release of the first film that have said they didn't like it and didn't find it scary at all. Hey, what can I say? Everyone's got their tastes! As for me, being an 18 year old, seeing that film in the theater for the first time, it had me staggering out of the movie theater, with such a heavy need to catch my breath and compose myself. I have to be honest and say that this film in particular did not have that same effect on me. However I will say that this sequel was most certainly intense and deserving of positive recognition for that alone!