All Out of Time)
Release Date: September 16th.
Written by: Simon Barrett.
Directed by: Adam Wingard.
Starring: Callie Hernandez, James Allen McCune, Corbin Reid, and Valorie Curry.
Love it or hate it, The Blair Witch Project (review HERE) changed the Horror landscape in 1999. It wasn't the first Found Footage movie ever, but it was certainly the first to capture the attention of audiences on a massive level. TBWP was an Indie movie that went on to gross $250 million worldwide on a budget of $60k, which made it one of the most profitable movies of all-time.
A year later they came out with Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, which got way more hate than it deserved.
And now here we are with a new Blair Witch sequel in theaters,and we have to say that it's probably the 2nd best of the series. Yeah, we liked part 2. Critics be damned!
Blair Witch. When her little brother James sees a video online that he thinks has a glimpse of her in it, he and his friends set off to Burkittsville find her. Why he thinks she'd be alive after all that time and still living in the woods is beyond me, but I suppose it's possible.
|THEY'RE ALL GOING TO DIE.|
|NO, NOT REALLY.|
Look, love it or hate it, The Blair Witch Project took a very simple premise and executed the hell out of it. It felt real, and if you were able to let it pull you in and accept it as such, it delivered some genuine terror. This sequel though was a mixed bag. On one hand it played almost exactly like TBWP (at least to a point), and it did recapture some of that original magic; on the other, it tried to do its own thing and add something... unexpected... to the whole mythology, and I'm honestly still not sure how I feel about it. I like what it had to offer, for the most part, but I think that it complicated things a bit much, and hence it didn't do much business at the Box Office.
It was cool to see Valorie Curry show up in this one too. She's the goods.
|VALORIE CURRY IS THE CUTE ONE.|
Time Travel? They're stuck in a time loop? Alright, that's interesting enough, but how about cluing us into why, and how it's possible, or even what the point of it is. And what was the creature? Word from the writer himself is that it WASN'T the witch, but "something" else? Elly Kedward? A goblin? A Jim Henson puppet?
Why did they have to go and make it so ambiguous? The story is pretty simple: There's a witch in the woods, and she feeds on those stupid enough to trespass on her land and disrespect it. Why fuck that beautiful premise up by adding time travel to the mix?
|EVEN HE'S CONFUSED!|
|NO ONE UNDERSTANDS WHAT'S GOING ON!!!|
|PLENTY OF MYSTERY THOUGH...|
|SO MANY LOVELY LADIES, SO LITTLE SKIN.|
I say it's worth seeing, just go into it with an open mind.
Blair Witch is in theaters now.