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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Blair Witch: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

James (James Allen McCune) has a very important question in his mind that is left unanswered. Is her sister Heather still alive after she and her friends went missing after they camp out in the woods outside of Burkittsville? To answer his question, James and his friends went into the woods and search for the house to look for some clues. However, entering the forest seems too easy but after spending a night, creepy noises start to haunt the group and pick them up one by one.

The Blair Witch Project (1999) is the mother of all found-footage films. It has the eerie vibe that sets the tone for a memorable horror picture. It's not that scary, but at that time; the film looks so raw and completely believable. 17 years after, a sequel pops out with a promising trailer that will definitely lure you out of the box. However, the film isn't that great just like what they advertised and turned out quite disappointing. 

Blair Witch doesn't look like a sequel but feels more like a reboot. It has some upgraded cameras and drones to back the characters up, but it ends up as the same thing as before. There is nothing new in it and nothing fresh to rave about. It has a couple of  thrilling scenes but doesn't hold up to make the entire thing recommendable. It also suffers from the shaky cams that will make you want to close your eyes to avoid getting out nauseous at the end of the film. The characters are all disposable. You simply can't give any sympathy to anyone in the picture, but the cast did a nice job in portraying their roles. 

Overall, Blair Witch has a different look but ended pretty much like its predecessor. It didn't aim high and set the bar up to bring a new dimension to the found-footage horror genre.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 5 out of 10 stars  

Cast:  James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Valorie Curry

Directed by: Adam Wingard
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide


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