Thursday, September 15, 2016
Blair Witch Review: A Thrilling Found Footage Experience
Blair Witch takes place years after the events of the first film as James (James Allen McCune) searches for his missing sister Heather: who was one of the member of the original Blair Witch Project. Being documented by fellow classmate Lisa (Callie Hernandez) James along with his friends Peter and Ashley (Brandon Scott and Corbin Reid) go into the Black Hills to find Heather. Aided by residents Lane and Talia (Wes Robinson and Valorie Curry) the group spends a night in the woods, and they soon discover that there is a reason why to fear the name Blair Witch.
The story to this found footage film was a mixed experience for me. As plots go there was nothing that was too breathtaking about Blair Witch. When The Blair Witch Project hit theaters it had a unique premise to it. However with so many horror movies using this found footage element, the idea is now old hat; and Blair Witch provided nothing new to the subgenre. Basically the story is about a group of people documenting their experience, things go wrong and that is about it. Even looking at this movie by its own merits there was nothing glamorous about this plot as things seems rather predictable. So with that in mind you would think that I found Blair Witch’s story to be a complete failure, but that was not the case. Although the story presented nothing new it managed to be effective thank to its delivery. There was a solid pacing to this spooky tale and because of that the story was a thrill ride that kept me invested. So although this plot may not have been nothing new, there was no denying that its execution managed to fit well for its respected genre.
Blair Witch may not be the most terrifying film that I have experienced, but it was still a frightening time at the movies. While the film has it shortcoming in areas like story and characters, its executions was effective to make this movie feel like a thrill ride. If nothing else Blair Witch manages to do justice to likes of found footage films by a thrilling horror movie for the fall season.