Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Year: 2000

Director: Joe Berlinger

Written by: Joe Berlinger, Dick Beebe

Threat: Ghost

Weapon of Choice: Nail file

Based upon: Original

IMDb page: IMDb link

      Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Other movies in this series:
The Blair Witch Project

Rish Outfield's reviews
As the movie began, I started to fear it would suck. The music was loud, the characters tackier than hell--a sort of bad stereotype people from fifty years from now will have of young people in the '90s--and I had a feeling the many folks who didn't go to see it had the right idea. It also included a violent barrage of images presumably meant to disorient and disturb--which is probably another bad stereotype future people will have about movies of the '90s--and yes, they did disorient and disturb, but not in a good or entertaining way.
There were some references/jibes to the original which I appreciated, and the premise of the film is a good one. But something just didn't work. It may have been the fact that I loathed every one of the characters from the get-go, and each exhibits a rainbow of unsympathetic traits every time you start warming to them. So, these people are so stupid as to go to this place of supposed evil and spiritual disquiet, they complain that nothing's happening, then they freak out when something bad does happen. I guess it's a good example of human nature--too bad there was no example of actual humanity in the film. Even the first film, which I detest, had that.
But hey, there were, once the film gets going, some pretty scary parts, mostly due to the sound effects and the fact that children scare me more than practically anything. I will admit there were some great ideas involved--namely the constant use of videotapes showing things that didn't happen or really happened (depending on what you believe), but all in all, it was disjointed, unsatisfying, and unpleasant. Hmmm, I think that's what I thought of the first film. Maybe that means that fans of The Blair Witch Project will enjoy this one.

The tyranist's thoughts
For as much as I hated the first Blair Witch movie, you would think that I wouldn't run out opening day and see the sequel. Wrong. I had huge hopes that this one would be better and would redeem the series for me. Well, I didn't get all I wished for this Halloween season, but at least a little bit. I mean, you can only go up, right?
First off, let me clarify something for you. All of you who loved the first movie, will hate this one. It is a completely different movie using a different approach and style. It is not just a rehash of the first one.
So it is autumn after the first movie is released and five people get together to go on a "Blair Witch Hunt." Odd things happen to them in the forest including a miscarriage. So they sequester themselves in an old warehouse and weird things really start to happen.
I liked this movie more than the first one, but it still wasn't really a good movie. It wasn't terrible, mind you, but it wasn't good. I would rank this in the mediocre range of recent horror. That would put it about halfway up the ladder above The Blair Witch Project. Something about the higher production values and the fact that the majority of the movie takes place indoors rather than out helps me enjoy the movie more. I also thought that the soundtrack was vastly improved. The score wasn't terribly noticeable, which is good. Acting ranged from somewhat better to about the same.
What is there to say. I promise that this movie will be loathed, but it will do okay. Those who hated the first movie should definitely check this one out because there's a pretty good chance that they will like it. If you are among those who loved the first one, stay away. You can only be hurt here.

Total Skulls: 17

Sequel skull
Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing skullskull
OTS skull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex skull
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity skull
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location skull
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door skull
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse skull
Dream sequence skull
Hallucination/Vision skullskull
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes
x years before/later skull
Flashback sequence skullskull
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell? skull