Review of Blair Witch (2016)

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A Brief History

Blair Witch (2016) is an American found footage psychological horror film being released in the United States on September 16 by Lionsgate.

Digging Deeper

Having seen the original and sequel, we were eagerly awaiting the latest installment of the “Witch.”  Slightly slow at first, the movie develops the characters, or should we say, victims, college age kids pursuing the mysterious disappearance of the sister of one of their group in the original incident.  The found footage “real” camera work is shaky and at times disorienting, but the effect on the audience is pure terror as it is easy to relate to the characters and their fears when things get very, very wrong.

The film manages to throw just enough questions as to who and what is going on, and it is sprinkled with “jump” moments, although the sound effects accompanying some of those moments seem added just to accent the effect rather than to provide any realistic contribution to the veracity of the scene.  Casting is effective and acting is convincing, so while the film does not rely on spectacular special effects, the audience is held rapt anyway.  Blair Witch succeeds as a worthy member of the movie franchise and is a must see for fans of the original.  Personally, we found the film better than the first and second installments.  If you have ever been scared in the dark or felt claustrophobic by confined spaces, this movie should make you squirm.  Perhaps not a classic, but a horror movie worth seeing.

In any event, we liked it…

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Furthermore, we encourage our readers to join us in signing the petition here for Lionsgate to release an extended version of The Blair Witch Project.

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