Here I was, expecting a continuation to a truly scary "lost in the
woods" simulator. What I received was a couple of American teenagers
getting picked off one by one by the supernatural - as usual in low
The Blair Witch Project (1999) was good, because it was trying to be realistic. Heather, Josh and Michael for all their faults weren't lacking chromosomes, unlike the protagonists of the sequel/reboot.
James, Lisa, Ashley, Peter, Lane and Talia - each one of them makes 12 y.o children look like master tacticians. One terribly stupid decision follows another.
Let me kick around parts of my tent, because I'm a choleric who can't put it up in 5 minutes. Let me just go gather firewood alone, in the middle of the night, losing line of sight with the camp. Let me climb this tree, even though I could barely stand 10 minutes ago, because of the fever and leg wounds. See a creepy dolls hanging around? Oh, look at this one - not only it looks like a human being, but also it has some hair of this crying, scared out of her wits girl. I see no reason I shouldn't snap it in half, dealing with a witch and all.
When I saw the preparations - GPS, drones, portable radios I thought I was in for a great, well-written story that despite the wonders of technology will show how helpless a man can be versus nature (and a curse). I wasn't wrong about the last part, but I didn't expect the witch to be a REC-zombie rip-off walking EMP. You know that electronic devices known for their reliability in survival situations? They don't work anymore. Why? F*** you, that's why.
It's extremely hard to watch. I considered leaving the theater mid-session, because I felt insulted by just watching it, but I managed to endure it to the end.
I felt relief when the last survivor got picked off the same way her friend was few seconds ago. She SAW it happen and then she did the same thing herself nonetheless. "I'm free now" I thought "and nothing of value was lost".
The only reason I didn't grade it with 1 star, is because of my respect for Blair Witch Project (1999). Yeah, it started the whole 'found footage' fad, but it was original and scary for someone who lived near the woods for most of his life.
Horror / Thriller
Horror / Thriller
Near Burkittsville, in the Black Hills Forest, on the root of a lightning-struck tree, the couple of Lane and Talia find a DV tape sticking out of the ground. The content of the found tape is mostly footage of static, however, near the end, there is also an intriguing small part where someone is trying to escape from something that is after him, screaming and running in an abandoned house. After accidentally stumbling across the uploaded footage, James, believing that this is his final chance to put an end once and for all in the unresolved mystery of his sister's Heather disappearance, some twenty years ago in the same woods, he assembles a team of friends in search of answers. Sooner or later, the team will go astray in the heart of a green maze that is riddled with the chilling legend of Elly Kedward, the Blair Witch who relentlessly keeps messing with their sanity, gradually taking them down, one by one. Eventually, James will find himself in the epicentre of the evil activity, ...
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