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Blair Witch (2016)

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10/10: A Great And Decent R-Rated Movie
Monday, September 19, 2016

James Donahue finds a recently-uploaded video, containing an image which he believes to be his sister Heather who disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland while investigating the legend of the Blair Witch. Believing she is still alive, James makes plans to head into the woods, accompanied by friends Peter Jones, Ashley Bennett, and film student Lisa Arlington, who wants to make her own documentary based on James' search. Local residents Talia and Lane, who uploaded the footage from a video tape they found in the woods, join them on their search.Upon entering the woods, Ashley cuts her foot while the group is crossing a shallow creek. Setting up camp for the night, Lane and Talia discuss the disappearance of Heather's film crew, as well as other mysterious occurrences in the region, all of which they ascribe to the Blair Witch. After hearing noises in the woods during the night, and after inexplicably oversleeping until 2.00pm...

8/10: Beware - spoilers follow
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Back in 1999 we were all a lot younger. Then, the found-footage genre was virtually unknown, and 'The Blair Witch Project' all but introduced it to us. Meeting with critical acclaim and box office success upon its release (albeit helped by a carefully orchestrated internet build-up), it was a phenomena that spawned countless other found-footage productions of variable merit. Now 17 years later, does this second sequel emerge as Daddy to the genre, or is it just another shaky webcam outing? The answer is pretty much both – it would be grossly unfair to expect it to provide the same level of hype or impact as the original, and indeed it does not. But it is very enjoyable.James (James Allen McCune) leads an expedition into the legendary woods to locate Heather, his sister, who went missing in the original. Of the group, poor Ashley (Corbin Reid), more than most, has reason to regret her decision to partake...

4/10: The Jump Scare Project
Monday, January 30, 2017

Adam Wingard is considered by many in the horror community to be one of the best young directors coming up right now. Frankly, I've never much been impressed with his work before this and after seeing this travesty I'm even less impressed. I simply cannot fathom what some of the horror blogs and websites appreciated about this movie when they gave it such rave reviews. I know, as I push past 40 years old, that I am not exactly the target demographic for teenage horror any longer. Being the age that I am, though, makes me also right in the wheelhouse of the generation who adored the original. I was in my late teens when THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT came out. I saw it on a date, as a matter of fact, and was blown away. Having grown up in the era of the slasher film, I was more used to horror being much more blatant and gory...

9/10: What makes a Horror movie scary.(spoilers
Monday, September 19, 2016

I was and still am a huge fan of the first original 1999 film and when I saw the previews for this one it seemed the writing was sticking to the original's story which got me excited. The initial sequels back in the early 2000's were terrible which also made me go into this movie with doubts...but boy was I wrong. This movie is sticking to the roots of limited budget and total isolation which made the first such a great film. Both the original and this new Blair Witch have a unique realistic feel of total isolation which makes the film instantly creepy.There are 3 things which make this a perfect horror movie. 1."Build-up/Anticipation": This movie and also series has perfected building up their horror such as the likes of Alien, which follow the idea of only showing the "creature/evil entity" only a few times or if at all until the...

2/10: Completely misses what the original was about
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Here I was, expecting a continuation to a truly scary "lost in the woods" simulator. What I received was a couple of American teenagers getting picked off one by one by the supernatural - as usual in low effort horrors.The Blair Witch Project (1999) was good, because it was trying to be realistic. Heather, Josh and Michael for all their faults weren't lacking chromosomes, unlike the protagonists of the sequel/reboot. James, Lisa, Ashley, Peter, Lane and Talia - each one of them makes 12 y.o children look like master tacticians. One terribly stupid decision follows another.Let me kick around parts of my tent, because I'm a choleric who can't put it up in 5 minutes. Let me just go gather firewood alone, in the middle of the night, losing line of sight with the camp. Let me climb this tree, even though I could barely stand 10 minutes ago, because of the fever and leg...

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