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If you saw The Blair Witch Project (1999), then you have seen this film. I’m not kidding. With very few exceptions, this is the same movie.
It’s the same story based in the the same woods, with the same rock piles, same stick figures, same house, same group dynamic, and same ending. Other than a new cast (and a drone), this film is a repeat and offers nothing new.
The original movie at least gave us a great marketing strategy that took the world by storm. Although I was not a fan of the first film, seeing little substance beyond what you would find in a weekly episode of Ghost Hunters, I appreciated the new style that allowed a few good movies in this sub-genre to shine, such as Paranormal Activity and Sinister. This one provides neither.
The trilogy’s story arc has not progressed beyond the first two films. This was a missed opportunity to venture into the origins of the Blair witch and bring a human side to the story. But like so many other bad horror films, this one dismisses any backstory with a few lines of quick dialogue.
Probably the most infuriating aspect of the film is that the jump scares and shaky camera work have been taken to absurd levels. Very little of this film is stable or in focus. I have nothing against realism, but this is ridiculous. If your film has to rely on these cheap tricks to maintain tension and tone, then there isn’t really enough story to base a film on.
The only reason I didn’t walk out of the theater is because I mistakenly assumed there would eventually be something that would make this sequel worth watching. I was wrong.
I can’t think of a single reason to recommend this movie.