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Review: Blair Witch (Comic Con 2016)

Blair Witch (Comic Con 2016)
07.22.2016
9 10

PLOT: While searching for a missing relative, a group of college students decide to venture into the woods, a place where three young documentary filmmakers disappeared long ago.

REVIEW: Sometimes a movie carries with it such a deep secrecy that if feels a shame to reveal too much. That is certainly the case of a little movie formally titled THE WOODS. In fact, if you are able to avoid the buzz and the big reveal that will surely be trending on social media, you are all the better for it. If you haven’t heard what it’s all about and you’d like to remain open… good luck. However, aside from a brief description below, I will try my damnedest not to reveal more than necessary. The problem here is that the biggest secret is simply what the film happens to be. So if you’d rather be in the dark, you may want to skip this review, but there is a likely chance that you will see it somewhere else. Once people start talking about this film after tonights screening at Comic Con, you’ll likely be very aware of what horrors wait. And remember that bit about it formally being titled THE WOODS? Hell, even the new title will certainly reveal a ton.

Here we go. BLAIR WITCH tells the story of a group of college students who venture out into familiar territory searching for one young man’s missing sister. They bring with them video cameras to record the events, yet this time they are a little more high tech thanks to the inclusion of drones. Have you figured it out yet? The talented filmmaking duo of director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett are finally giving us a proper sequel to THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. From the very first sequence, you know exactly what film you are watching. And if you are a fan like me, you are in for one edge of your seat horror treat. Hell, this flick is likely to connect with those who didn’t appreciate the frighteningly successful original film. BLAIR WITCH is chilling and intense. It is a truly terrifying cinematic experience.

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What is especially impressive about this sequel is how true Wingard and Barrett stay to the original, yet they take it much further than the first film. Technology has helped modernize this lost in the woods fright fest. Instead of trying to make a similar feature and having yet another group of kids making a documentary, there is a personal reason for documenting all the horror, and it works. And when the scares kick in - which they do a little earlier this time - it’s safe to say if you didn’t feel you saw enough with the original, you should be pleasantly surprised. Unlike the first, there are a few brutal moments that are genuinely shocking. One scene involving a girl and a familiar stick figure is absolutely disturbing. I won’t give it away here, but it’s one hell of a shocking bit that had me wincing in pain.

Unlike Wingard’s YOU’RE NEXT and THE GUEST, BLAIR WITCH is a little more straight forward in terms of horror. This isn’t a genre mash-up, this is a sequel that connects to the first film. Wingard and Barrett manage to build on the first something that is more likely to scare a modern audience. He has made it feel close to the original with more of an edge. There is a tension that begins early and it never lets go. There are more visual shocks here than the first time around. BLAIR WITCH delves into some horrifying images, and it all works. However, there is definitely a gruesome streak with some seriously frightful scares.

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Since we are fully aware what happened the last time a group of young people ventured out into the woods, there is no point in trying to convince people this really happened again. We’ve been there and done that. So when it comes to casting, it wasn’t necessary to bring in complete unknowns. The cast, including Valorie Curry, Callie Hernandez, James Allen McCune, Brandon Scott and Wes Robinson, all have a few credits to their name. Corbin Reid is the one with the least amount of experience. Yet they all do a fine job within the confines of this story. As a fan of horror films, it is fun to see actors that don’t have a huge recognizability factor because the bigger the star, the better chance they’ll make it out alive. Even with a few familiar faces, BLAIR WITCH was smart enough to avoid casting bigger names.

As a fan of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, it’s thrilling to finally see a worthy follow-up. While BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 had a few intriguing ideas, it just didn’t work as a sequel. BLAIR WITCH however manages to bring a fresh approach and still be a true sequel. Adam Wingard updates this supernatural tale of terror without sacrificing what made the first film work. If you didn’t think the Maryland woods could still be scary, think again. BLAIR WITCH is the sequel fans have been waiting for and then some. Wingard and Barrett continue to prove they have an uncanny ability to bring something fresh to a familiar nightmare. This is yet another trip to the woods worth taking.

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12:33PM on 08/02/2016

Why did you even label the review for "The Woods" as "Blair Witch" under the movie reviews page????

If you want not be spoiled, then don't even continue reading the review. Why then did you post the review for "The Woods" under the title "Blair Witch (Comic Con 2016)". This is what gave it away for me. Thanks a lot Joblo!
I've seen posters for the "The Woods" but had no idea it was a "Blair Witch" film until you had it labeled on your movie reviews page as "Blair Witch".
If you want not be spoiled, then don't even continue reading the review. Why then did you post the review for "The Woods" under the title "Blair Witch (Comic Con 2016)". This is what gave it away for me. Thanks a lot Joblo!
I've seen posters for the "The Woods" but had no idea it was a "Blair Witch" film until you had it labeled on your movie reviews page as "Blair Witch".
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7:41PM on 07/24/2016
Looks shit
Looks shit
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3:14AM on 07/23/2016
Loved the original blair witch and wingard turning into one of my favorite genre directors. Have to see this one!
Loved the original blair witch and wingard turning into one of my favorite genre directors. Have to see this one!
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1:33AM on 07/23/2016
Found footage movies are the laziest of film making. The director's past movies are also crap.
Found footage movies are the laziest of film making. The director's past movies are also crap.
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3:11AM on 07/23/2016
The Guest and You're next are crap?? Yeah sure, if you say so.
The Guest and You're next are crap?? Yeah sure, if you say so.
9:08AM on 07/23/2016
The Guest was horrible. I found myself laughing at how dumb the ending was.
The Guest was horrible. I found myself laughing at how dumb the ending was.
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1:10AM on 07/23/2016
Holy fucking shit! I was EAGERLY anticipating The Woods cuz looked like a solid creepy movie, the nes that this is related to what i still consider the 2nd scariest movie ever made (2nd only to Fire in the Sky)... that is amazing!

however, now im upset this was ruined for me!!
Holy fucking shit! I was EAGERLY anticipating The Woods cuz looked like a solid creepy movie, the nes that this is related to what i still consider the 2nd scariest movie ever made (2nd only to Fire in the Sky)... that is amazing!

however, now im upset this was ruined for me!!
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11:48PM on 07/22/2016
Found footage horror movies always seem to get a free pass with some critics, and they always end up sucking. The original Blair Witch was an awful waste of time.
Found footage horror movies always seem to get a free pass with some critics, and they always end up sucking. The original Blair Witch was an awful waste of time.
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11:43PM on 07/22/2016

Is it me?

Can't help thinking that The Woods was actually an original idea, and that somehow was turned into a Blair Witch reboot during post-production with a couple of reshoots. Still, it looks very good and intense! Love the original and for some reason the sequel too.
Can't help thinking that The Woods was actually an original idea, and that somehow was turned into a Blair Witch reboot during post-production with a couple of reshoots. Still, it looks very good and intense! Love the original and for some reason the sequel too.
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3:19AM on 07/23/2016
Well, depends how much it relies on the mythologie of the first one. I don't think they intendet to spend any more money than necessary for reeshoots and script changes.
Well, depends how much it relies on the mythologie of the first one. I don't think they intendet to spend any more money than necessary for reeshoots and script changes.
11:22PM on 07/22/2016

Wow

I didn't even know this was being made. Glad it got such a great review. Look forward to it
I didn't even know this was being made. Glad it got such a great review. Look forward to it
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11:21PM on 07/22/2016

So...

How much did Lionsgate pay you because the new trailer looks like the same old found footage crap where you can't tell what's happening most of the time? How is that entertaining?
How much did Lionsgate pay you because the new trailer looks like the same old found footage crap where you can't tell what's happening most of the time? How is that entertaining?
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12:03AM on 07/23/2016
They paid us $25,000 and a lifetime supply of Pringles.
They paid us $25,000 and a lifetime supply of Pringles.
12:18AM on 07/23/2016
Damn, I would have been sold on the Pringles alone. You got 25k on top of that!?>
Damn, I would have been sold on the Pringles alone. You got 25k on top of that!?>
1:04AM on 07/23/2016
I would have given it a 10/10 for $200 and a 40 oz of Ice 800. You guys came up.
I would have given it a 10/10 for $200 and a 40 oz of Ice 800. You guys came up.
1:08AM on 07/23/2016
Trailers are deceiving, and Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are known for subverting genres with brilliant execution. You're Next and The Guest are both very good movies so when these two are involved, there is no reason why they can't elevate a found footage movie, especially one that is a sequel to one of the movies that started the genre. I still trust a review more from someone who saw the movie than just a trailer.
Trailers are deceiving, and Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are known for subverting genres with brilliant execution. You're Next and The Guest are both very good movies so when these two are involved, there is no reason why they can't elevate a found footage movie, especially one that is a sequel to one of the movies that started the genre. I still trust a review more from someone who saw the movie than just a trailer.
3:17AM on 07/23/2016
Get outta here
Get outta here
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