Ding dong, the witch is... um...
Village Jam Factory - Sunday 18 September 2016, 6:00pm
Running time: 89m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Strong supernatural themes)
Release date: 15/09/16
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3/5, DP 4/5)
20 years after his sister Heather mysteriously disappeared while filming a documentary about the Blair witch, James (James Allen McCune) along with film student Lisa (Callie Hernandez), Peter (Brandon Scott) and Ashley (Corbin Reid) venture into the foreboding woods near Burkittsville. Locals Lane (Wes Robinson) and Talia (Valorie Curry) have found a tape which could provide an important clue, and the six of them head into the woods... and you just know that this is not going to end well.
Blair Witch is a direct sequel (let's pretend Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows didn't exist) to the pioneering found-footage 1999 film The Blair Witch Project. The tight field of view and unpolished shaky footage is a trademark of the genre and it's used to great effect here, though you'd think that a group venturing into the woods now would've taken a bunch of Go-Pros with them instead of the nifty little over-ear cameras used in much of the film. There's an interesting story here though it doesn't venture too far from the formula that made the original so successful. There are some very scary and suspenseful moments and the final scenes suggest some answers (no spoilers here) but it's the incompleteness of the story that adds to the intrigue. A nice outing for fans of genre, and there's enough here for viewers unfamiliar with the original. Enjoyable... and very scary.
See also: Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension