Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Director: Joe Berlinger
Written by: Joe Berlinger, Dick Beebe
Weapon of Choice: Nail file
Based upon: Original
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
|Rips off earlier film|
|Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie|
|Future celebrity appears|
|Former celebrity appears|
|Girl unnecessarily gets naked|
|Death associated with sex|
|Unfulfilled promise of nudity|
|Characters forget about threat|
|Power is cut|
|Phone lines are cut|
|Someone investigates a strange noise|
|Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door|
|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|
|Car stalls or won't start|
|Cat jumps out|
|Stupid discovery of corpse|
|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|
|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|
|Blood hits camera|
|Poor death effect|
|No one dies at all|
|Little kid lamely survives|
|Dog/Pet miraculously survives|
|"It was all a dream" ending|
|Unbelievably happy ending|
|Unbelievably crappy ending|
|What the hell?|