Saturday, October 8, 2016

Blair Witch Movie Review 415

Blair Witch is a 2016 horror movie sequel to The Blair Witch Project. It is directed by Adam Wingard and stars James Allen McCune and Callie Hernandez.

The movie begins with James(Allen McCune) Donahue who is the brother of Heather who disappeared in the woods years before. He has the video that was found and he looks through it and is convinced that he can see Heather in one of the shots. He decides to go the woods where his sister disappeared and look for her. He brings along his friends Peter,Ashley and Lisa(Hernandez) to help him. For some reason, they think that it is a good idea to go back into the middle of the woods and take up where the others left off. They meet two local people, Talia and Lane who are the ones who found the footage and they decide to join them.

They camp out in the woods and of course it isn't long before some spooky sounds and strange things happen. They go to bed that night and wake up in the morning to some stick figures hanging from the trees. They are petrified and decide to leave the woods. They discover that Lane and Talia had planted them and they tell them to get lost. Ashley hurts her foot and it becomes badly infected. She has to stay in the tent. They have a drone with them and they send it out for a look around,but it gets caught in the trees and they can't get it down. Peter goes to collect firewood alone of course and a tree falls on him. He gets pulled away by something or someone and they can't find him.

Lane and Talia turn up and they seem bewildered. Lane takes off into the woods alone. Talia stays wit the group. She tells them that they had been wandering around in the woods for five days. Time seems to have gone awry. The next morning, they all wake up to find that it is still night time. There are stick figures outside and this time they were not planted. Talia's hair is on one of them. Ashley thinks that Talia and Lane did it and she breaks the one with the hair on it and Talia is snapped in half too.. Everyone panics.Their tents get wrecked and they run off into the woods. Ashley gets separated from James and Lisa and she finds the drone. For some reason, she tries to climb the tree to get it and falls down and disappears.

James and Lisa end up finding the old house in the woods where Heather disappeared. He goes inside while she stays outside. She sees some weird creature out there and she runs into the house. She finds Lane who has lost his mind and he pushes her into a tunnel. She crawls through it and he catches her again. She stabs him and then goes looking for James. He is up in the attic and they try and barricade the door but whatever it is comes in. James tell Lisa not to look at it. They turn away but James falls for a trick when it mimics Heather and it kills him. Lisa gets killed too when it uses James' voice and she looks. The camera cuts.

This was never going to be as good as the original but it really wasn't anywhere near as good as The Blair Witch Project. I think that the original was so unique at the time that trying to redo it now is just a waste of time. There wasn't much new here really. There were different characters but the scenario was just the same. There were a few creepy moments and that old house was very creepy, but I just didn't feel that this was a worthy sequel. There have been so many found footage movies since the original that it just isn't fresh anymore. I just didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. So all in all, I will give this a 5/10.


Tony Briley said...

Thanks for the review and saving me the time of watching this one. I'll pass on it after reading this.

There wasn't a whole lot to the first movie, what made it entertaining was the dawn of the new found footage film era. There were ones before it but I think Blair Witch was the first to be mainstream so it was unique to many of us.

Trying to reboot a movie with such a minimal plot doesn't make any sense to me. Especially since it hasn't been that many years since the original came out. Decades ago 17 years would get a new group of viewers but in today's world with Netflix and rentals I'd think anyone into horror movies would have already seen it.

Thanks again for the review.

Amanda said...

You are welcome!I agree that it hasn't been THAT long since the original.I am a lover of that movie as I enjoyed using my imagination which can be much scarier than some CGI witch running around.Fear of the unknown made the original scary.But the found footage movie has been done to death.Best to leave the Blair Witch alone after this!

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