Movie Review: Blair Witch (2016)

October 16, 2017 Ghosts, Horror, Movie Reviews 0

Movie Review: Blair Witch (2016)Blair Witch on 2016
Genres: Horror
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After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.

Near Burkittsville, in the Black Hills Forest, on the root of a lightning-struck tree, the couple of Lane and Talia find a DV tape sticking out of the ground. The content of the found tape is mostly footage of static, however, near the end, there is also an intriguing small part where someone is trying to escape from something that is after him, screaming and running in an abandoned house. After accidentally stumbling across the uploaded footage, James, believing that this is his final chance to put an end once and for all in the unresolved mystery of his sister's Heather disappearance, some twenty years ago in the same woods, he assembles a team of friends in search of answers. Sooner or later, the team will go astray in the heart of a green maze that is riddled with the chilling legend of Elly Kedward, the Blair Witch who relentlessly keeps messing with their sanity, gradually taking them down, one by one. Eventually, James will find himself in the epicentre of the evil activity, ... Written by Nick Riganas

 

Not to be confused with The Blair Witch Project, this is a new movie, the sequel to the first. Hubby and I were watching movie trailers to see what we wanted to watch for date night. Of course I wanted to watch this trailer! While watching there was a clip that said this was the scariest movie ever! Challenge accepted! So, of course I had to watch. We didn’t for date night, hubster said hell no, but I did watch it the next day!

First of all, like The Blair Witch Project, this has a lot of movement. That gives my hubby a headache so he would never be able to watch this. I don’t understand why that is so popular right now, but if it adds to the horror, I’m there. Sadly, in this case it did not. There’s a lot of running and a lot of screaming, but other than keeping to the original idea, nothing that points to why they wanted to do the same type of film.

They do add to the plot, a little. They speak more about the curse in the woods, but not in great detail. Everyone has just heard this or that from someone else who said something else, etc. It’s all hearsay but people do go missing, so there must be something to it.

Unlike previously, these people go into the woods to find the missing gal from part one, who just happened to be his sister. He doesn’t find it odd that nobody has seen the house where she supposedly went missing, but they do find a video tape. I find that odd, but let’s go with it. They find a local that was in the woods and had uploaded the video and are going to get his help to find their way to where he found the tape. Sadly, things just get odder and odder from there.

This is no romp in Alice in Wonderland. Things start to go haywire 20 minutes in. Not full on horror until about 35 minutes but enough to make you go hmmm…

Then the screaming starts. So much screaming. Someone runs off to go investigate a noise and then they all wind up screaming for them for half the movie. Also, do not take off your shoes while hiking… just saying.

The running and screaming start getting annoying pretty fast but I stuck with it. By the end though, I wanted them all to die. I mean, I’m a bit sadistic but the idea of how they were doing things was annoying.

Sadly, the challenge of this being the scariest movie ever was not true. I think that is still maintained by The Exorcist. I still don’t like watching that movie alone.

In short: Fun to watch and laugh at the stupid people. It did add a bit to the story but do not expect a whole lot. I still think it would have been fun for date night.

 

Rating Report
Plot
3 / 5
Character Development
2 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
Overall: 3 / 5

 

 

 

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