Blair Witch (2016)

Blair Witch (2016)

2016 | R | 90 Minutes

Thriller | Horror

A college student ventures with a group of friends into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his sister years earlier, which many believe is co...

Overall Rating

6 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • The true sequel to The Blair Witch Project (I'm discounting the straight-to-DVD nonsense), Blair Witch follows the brother and a group of friends as he tries to find out what happened to his sister from the first movie. This was initially titled "The Woods" and then it changed a few months ago (probably some marketing campaign), but hey it doesn't matter because this film was completely mediocre. I was probably one of the rare movie reviewers who did not enjoy the first movie, I understand why it got so famous but I found it incredibly boring. This film is just a complete rehash of its predecessor but with fancier cameras and some more expendable teenagers. These characters were so thinly written that literally no one cared for their fates, no backstory whatsoever and could've been replaced by anyone. The script did allow the legend of the so called 'Blair Witch' to be explored even further, but it's not enough to increase my rating. It takes a good third way through the film before anything interesting actually happens, and due to the poor script it just made the beginning boring. The jump scares were nothing but loud noises, either from deep within the woods or when a character suddenly emerges on screen. Nothing scary about this film, until the last 20 minutes when we find our characters in a familiar place. This was when the film picked up the tension and suspense and actually worked really well, it was just 60 minutes too late. I'm sure you are all aware of the famous ending that the first film had, this film attempts to explain that ambiguously and it kind of worked (don't worry, I shall not spoil it). The use of the found footage technique kept it consistent, but it was even more irritating in this especially when the characters are running in the dark...it's impossible to see anything! Overall, Blair Witch was an unnecessary sequel to a movie that did make a cultural impact but was actually boring, this rehash was completely the same but just slightly more enjoyable.