Any horror fan will never forget the 1999 movie that broke the mold of film-making and marketing with its shoestring budget and z-grade production value. Blair Witch is the 3rd movie in the franchise after “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2”, but set 17 years after the first movie “The Blair Witch Project”.
James and his friends venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding his missing sister Heather. Many believe her disappearance 17 years earlier is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when two locals act as guides through the dark and winding woods. As the night wears on, a visit from a menacing presence soon makes them realize that the legend is all too real, and more sinister than they could have ever imagined.
This 2016 reawakening of the franchise strays away from the original in that it has the production value of a reality TV show and forgets the concept that “what really scares us is the stuff we can’t see”. The franchise is brought into the modern day by the introduction of filming with a drone but this footage was underutilized. The movie is unfortunately heavily reliant on sound effects and jumps scares to deliver the horror that everyone anticipates. The movie also strays away from the premise of a found footage supernatural psychological horror film in that the effects conveys the feeling that a creature is stalking them in woods instead of a supernatural entity, also the found footage concept is lost half way into the movie as the use of editing becomes seamless.
While in not as groundbreaking as the first, the film still delivers some effective scares and offers a little more in some scenes than the characters looking at nothing, so yes you will actually see glimpses of the Blair Witch in this one.
Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital
Age Rating: 18+
Estimated RRP: R100
Release Date: 3 January 2017
- The movie was not bad at all but at the end of the film it felt like nothing really happened. I remember the first movie impress me more. It might be because the first film was a first in terms of the filming style. – Leon de Bruin