Not scary, not thrilling but very eerie, unsettling and totally weird. I’ll
start off by saying that this film does not contain an evil witch on a
killing spree. This flick is basically watching five people lose their
minds for 90 minutes. They’ve all forgotten a certain lapse of time from
their excursion, they all have weird markings on their bodies,
they all have supernatural hallucinations and one of them at a certain
point, seems to be possessed (or is it all of them?). When a dead body pops
up they start suspecting each other and when the end credits roll, you’ll
be questioning the movie and begging for a second viewing.
At first, the film
confused me with its back and forth. I didn’t know where I was. But as
time went on, I found my way. Most of the movie is basically a big
flashback. Two small things bothered me: We never get to know why Jeffrey
was in a nut house and we never get to know why Erica’s parents have no
knowledge of her existence. I also have to comment on the lack of tension
and scares. Having some of that in there would have elevated this flick to
horror classic status.
The film plays a lot
with reality, it slaps it, bends it and breaks it. Supernatural vs. Psychological, take your pick, which one is real? The film throws so many
odd things at you that your brain doesn’t have time to register
exactly what’s going on. That’s not necessarily a negative thing, it
actually keeps us (the audience) off balance and on the edge. When the
film does decide to reveal something (like what happened during the lost time),
it shows it too fast with lots of quick cuts and flashes. My eyes started
to water from not blinking. In that respect I would have loved to have
of the missing time scenes, it would have drove the point home way harder.
From what I caught, it looked like a wonderful time: Lots of blood and sex
(my kind of party).
The film elevates our
recent video camera fetish to higher heights. I have never seen so many
video cams in one flick. I liked the part they play in the movie:
revealers of truth.
Now if you’re
expecting some stalk sequences, car chases or boo scares...look elsewhere.
The only trendy thing about this flick is the soundtrack. The film is a
mind trip and the most exciting physical thing that happens in this movie
is a bridge falling. The actors are all pretty good (except that damn cop,
he stunk), the film is very spooky, I love the observations the flick
makes on the popularity of the first, I love the humor (great house alarm…
lol), I love its non mainstream approach and its nihilistic tendencies.
original was a faux-documentary, this one sells itself as a re-enactment.
That aspect is treated with wit and intelligence. No, you won’t know more
about the Blair Witch, no, you won’t see Heather or the boys again. YES,
you’ll be treated to a horror film that stands firmly on its two feet,
that takes the original into account but has its own story to tell in its
own off the wall way. The movie’s substance might be questioned but
believe me when I say that there’s more than meets the eyes with this bad boy. Berlinger
injects the flick with lots of sneaky shots and the whole "real"
life VS recorded events is something to really pay attention to. These
characters are not what they seem, maybe they’ve also watched too many
horror movies. This sequel is definitely NOT what I expected and I’m
happy about that. I see so many fear flicks and don’t get surprised too
often. This one pleasantly surprised me.