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To cash in on all of the “real world” hype of the events in the first film, a man from Burkitsville, Maryland opens a “Blair Witch Hunt” tour, which shows patrons various locations from the original film. A bunch of college students decide to take the tour, and wind up in Rustin Parr’s house. There, they decide to camp for the evening, but in the morning, they realize they didn’t sleep and they don’t remember anything that happened the previous night. From there, they go back to town, and discover that something…or someone has come with them.

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  • sandu-nita
    sandu nita

    I really liked this film. And like so many other before me, I will say that this isn’t a sequel to The Blair Witch Project. This is a seperate movie that is loosely connected. This movie plays with your mind (which I have a tendency to enjoy) and sort of makes you think (for as much a horror movie can): Things are not what they seem, and memory can, at times, be deceiving…and your worst enemy. And as I said in my review of The Blair Witch Project, you need an open mind watching this film. Book Of Shadows shows you the blood and gore that wasn’t needed in the first film, which is either a plus or minus–depending on your taste. I thought it was interesting and entertaining. Don’t take movies (especially horror movies) so seriously people, it’s entertainment, nothing more.

  • julija-hribernik
    julija hribernik

    Although Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 has some events missing from the first movie, I still think that this is a good sequel to The Blair Witch Project. I understand that it was about a young man named Jeff Patterson (played by Jeffrey Donovan) taking four youngsters to the same woods to find out what really happened to the three youngsters from the first movie. They find nothing, but the ruins of the house. But in the next day, they find all their equipment smashed up. Now, there are two reasons why I like this sequel. 1: I was a fan of the first movie, and 2: Jeffrey Donovan is one of my heroes. Because, I’be seen him in other movies like Bait, Purpose and Touching Evil. Now I have one last comment, and I’m sure the people who liked this movie said what I’m going to say. If they made the sequel exactly like the first movie, for example: The five youngsters running around the woods getting scared and saying “Oh, my God! Who else in these woods”, it would be a boring sequel. That’s what I say anyway.

  • paul-gray
    paul gray

    ***SPOILERS*** Follow up sequel to the enormously successful “Blaie Witch Project” that picks up when it left off in the late summer and early fall of 1999. With the out of the way town of Burkillsville being flooded with tourists to get a glimpse of the Blair witch who’s supposed to be hiding in the Black Hills outside of town a group of collage students go on a fact finding mission to do a documentary on the Witch and all the rumors surrounding her. It’s early in the movie that we see that this fact finding mission went terribly wrong with the entire group ether in custody by the local Sheriff Cravens,Lenny Flahety, or dead. What exactly happened is told in flashback by the surviving students that makes up almost all of the time in the movie.The actors who play the students who for some strange reason use their actual first names in the characters that they play in the film-Jeffery Erica Kim and Steven-are also being held for a number murders in the Black Hill area! Including the Satanic ritual like and brutal killing and dismembering of five foreign tourists at the infamous Coffin Rock. That’s where back in the 1880’s five prospectors were found murdered and dismembered the exact same way. What we have in the movie is a number of lost hours that the students can’t explain when all this murdering happened. It’s in the video tape they they took that the secret of what really happened to the students and those killed in the movie is finally revealed. An the revelations on those tapes when their played back at Shariff Cravens office are truly shocking especially to those, the students,on them! ****MAJOR SPOILERS**** A lot better the the original “Blair Witch Porject” but still not all that earth shaking “Blair Witch II” keeps you guessing just what’s going on in the film in that everyone in it seems to be suffering from, like victims kidnapped by aliens from outer space, lost time syndrome. You never quite know what’s going on is real or imaginary until the movie is finally over. It’s then that you and the students, or those still alive, find out that they were in fact victims of the Blair Witch not in any harm she did to them but made them do themselves. As well as those unfortunate enough to come in contact with them!P.S The movie on both video tape and DVD disk has a special section explaining a number of incidents that supposed to have hidden meaning to what was really going on in it. The explanations are so confusing and senseless that by the time you end up seeing them you end up being even more confused in just how confusing they are and have nothing at all to do with the story!

  • matthew-cox
    matthew cox

    First director Joe Berlinger admits to an absolute loathing of the original Blair Witch Project … and then goes on to reveal his own character faults with such a stunning lack of self-awareness that you’ll probably find yourself screaming in incredulity at his disembodied voice. I have never before been so unintentionally entertained by anything else in my entire life. Do not, however, bother subjecting yourself to this stool specimen of a flick in its unadulterated form. Every ounce of hatred Berlinger harbors for his film’s predecessor manifests itself in his story line’s slimy proto-teen characters. In short, I wouldn’t whiz on these kids if it was the only means of saving them from their self-induced flamings. There’s more heart in a pop-top can of sandwich spread than in this soulless, spineless little spin off.

  • nancy-ursula-rosario
    nancy ursula rosario

    This excellent horror flick has such roadblocks in front of it.People who didn’t like the first movie are unlikely to give it a try. People who loved the first movie are unlikely to enjoy it.While it is about the same subject and is dead on in continuity with the first movie, it is nothing like it. This uses a film crew!This movie is as creepy as they get. It’s a little weird, and doesn’t all run in chronological order (it is very obvious when it jumps time and makes it’s points clearly). It can leave you with your mouth hanging open (in a good way for horror flicks).I repeat: This is nothing like the first movie. Be ready that it’s only based on the Blair Witch, and is not the same style as the first movie.The characters have a situation and spend the movie trying to figure out what the heck happened, while things keep happening!While this movie is a little scary for sure, it’s mostly CREEPY!All those who enjoy suspense horror, should give this a whirl. This isn’t a hack and slash bloody horror throughout (although it has it’s moments).

  • hannah-verschuere
    hannah verschuere

    one of my favorite movies — i want to reply to a comment i see a lot about this movie. I’m noticing many people saying either that the director did a bad job cause there are too many ‘loose ends’ by the end of the movie or that there were too many ‘unanswered questions’.that was the idea.The questions were meant to be left unanswered – its up to you to come up with your own answer on what really was going on in the movie. Was it mass hallucination? was it a curse? –?? all of the above? up to you to guess at, thats the fun of it.Just cause you don’t get it, doesn’t mean it isn’t good. Matter of fact thats probably just proof this movie is good, there’s plenty for you to miss, and many people miss it. I have a feeling the people that didn’t care for this movie didn’t understand natural born killers, requiem for a dream, blue velvet or a billion other movies either.excellent flick – I’ve seen it about 4 times, I love the visuals, the music, the actors, the plot – i loved the secret message hunt provided in the DVD version (that was a lot of fun) – and i enjoy the whole concept, but I’m not going to get into any spoilers – for those that don’t get it…. ah well, maybe an action movie is a better choice for you.

  • amanda-mejia
    amanda mejia

    Spoilers herein.I admit that I was late to the Blair Witch party. The problem was that no one told me I would encounter intelligent ideas here. And that’s in large part because few people who see these films get the ideas behind them. I’ve talked out the first film in the appropriate place. This film is multidimensionally self-referential.The first intelligent about it is that it is not a sequel of the first film, but a sequel of the phenomenon of the first film: that event where viewers were titilated with the notion that it was fact not fiction: that the drama on film represented real events. That first film played with the difference between film and video technologies but did not develop it (sorry for the pun). Here, that difference becomes the fulcrum for all the mystical happenings. The 35 mm `film’ part of the movie is the element that is haunted, not any person or place. The video is `true.’This idea was recently seen in `Cut,’ where the film itself is the beast, manipulating the people who make it who incidentally are the people in it. A more intelligent, involved expression of this was `Shadow of the Vampire.’ What makes `Book,’ interesting is how it merges this central device with two others. (This makes it interesting in spite of the childish references to horror films, the trite script and the immature acting.)The first of these is the technique of `framing’ a narrative. (`Moulin Rouge’ is the champion here, where it is a stage play, within which it is an aria, within which is a novel, within which it is an absynthe vision and on and on.) Here, we have the original book. `Shadows’ was an early term for film, a term still used in some schools. The screenplay is a book about movies and related ideas. Within that we have the movie that starts on screen. Within that, we have another book, one about the first Blair Witch movie. At each step of the way, we can believe if we want that everything that follows is a result of artifice of the framing device. So the what we see is being manipulated by the author of the Book of Shadows, and he (she?) creates a lesser goddess who manipulates in a slightly smaller universe.But wait! The traditional framing is one-dimensional: everything fits within the bigger frame like Russian dolls. But here we have parallel master frames: You could choose to start with the crazy tour leader, who is having a grand hallucination while in the looneybin, leading to the `broom’ factory (get it?), or maybe it starts like `the Interview’ with the sheriff’s creation of the truth (he does say that he had the video edited). Or maybe it starts with telepathic control of the goth girl. In fact, we have three outer frames that overlap. You gets to choose which one is the path that the film takes to haunt itself. There also is a serial stepping through realms like was masterfully done with `Ninth Gate.’ This starts in the central section where the players/suspects are all together at the factory and they begin reviewing the tapes. So we have the coffin rock deal, the sex vision, the execution vision, the owl eating vision, and so on. These are the nine gates, clearly copied from Polanski. So our three hapless heros advance through stages of awareness and action until they see that their world is one composed entirely of false narrative, like `Dark City,’ or the more complex `eXistenZ.’Ideas like this are too precious to waste on untalented producers and viewers. Apparently we have both in this case.

  • marc-verdugo-arana
    marc verdugo arana

    Was I the only one left with the feeling that this was another horror story that someone decided to graft elements of the Blair Witch onto to make a quick buck.The plot is that the town in MA where the original film was filmed has been overrun by tourists. And our title group of five stereotyped characters then proceed to have strange encounters that we all know ended badly by the intermittent splicing of police interrogation scenes.I give the movie credit for its style and the locations picked out. I just wish it gave us characters we cared about even a little. The Goth Chick and the Wiccan Babe were clichés more than characters, and it showed. Let’s throw in the “redneck sheriff” for extra points.

  • bayan-varlik-zeride-tarhan-akca
    bayan varlik zeride tarhan akca

    If you liked Blair Witch, you’ll hate this movie. If you didn’t like Blair Witch, you’ll still hate this movie. If you have a functioning cerebellum, you’ll hate this movie.This film was nothing more than a cynical attempt to cash in on Blair Witch while the craze lasted. It wasn’t reasonable to expect to capture lightning in a bottle twice, and the studio obviously realized that and didn’t bother trying.Stylistically the film might just as well be a Scream sequel. It’s not shot in a mock documentary style, but in a conventional way, on a sound stage with a script and regular cameras and special effects. Given that it was going to be a conventional studio film, you might at least hope that they’d have shelled out for some name, or at least good, actors. They didn’t. There’s nobody here you’ve ever heard of, seen before, or will want ever to see again. The acting is uniformly wooden and forgettable, and similarly the direction by Joe Berlinger who, surprise, surprise, hasn’t directed anything else you’ve ever heard of either. We’re therefore stuck with the worst of both worlds: the low artistic aspirations of a studio film combined with the low budget of an independent picture.

  • stephen-shannon
    stephen shannon

    ‘The Blair Witch Project’ is, in my view, a near-masterpiece of the supernatural, and an audacious and thrilling leap into the dark in terms of popular movie-making technique.You would think then, that its sequel couldn’t possibly live up this high standard, wouldn’t you?And you would be absolutely right. ‘Blair Witch 2’ has about as much in common with its predecessor as ‘Ishtar’ does with ‘Casablanca’. I won’t even dignify it with an attempt to explain its plot. It has none of the atmosphere or suspense of the original, and doesn’t even make a token effort to achieve it. It is utter Z-grade rubbish. I find it hard to imagine that the original producers or writers had anything to do with this follow-up, and if they did, they ought to be put in a bag full of owls.Ghastly, idiotic rubbish. The only thing that frightens me about it is that some people probably prefer it to the original.

  • sara-reis-nogueira
    sara reis nogueira

    This isn’t as much a horror movie as a horror of a movie. It goes something like this. Throw in the usual decoys; a Goth chick who’s hard outside but soft and chewy inside, a real Wiccan witch, whose petulant disdain for mere mortals is the entire range of her acting ability, and a really cool loft with a fallaway bridge for isolating the idiots who were stupid enough to get caught inside. Then have all the so-called actors yell and scream a lot to show how really deep they are.But the grand prize goes to Jeffrey Donovan, who is so bad that even John Waters wouldn’t cast him if they happened to run into each other somewhere on the streets of Baltimore. And if he did, he would have had the sense to play this crap for high camp, because playing it seriously only succeeds in producing a banal, juvenile and completely unimaginative dung heap.What amazes me most is the bombastic and pretentious commentary track on the DVD. Is this guy for real? Does he really think dropping a litany of terms he picked up in film school is going to convince us that this is high art? Now that’s scary!

  • anna-gogishvili
    anna gogishvili

    Attracted by the film `The Blair Witch Project’ hoards of film fans have been pouring into the small town of the film. One such group books onto a `Blair Witch Hunt’ tour to camp in the woods and see the sights. When they awake the next morning to find their camera equipment smashed, 5 hours unaccounted for and their film hidden in the same spot as the film from the original movie they are unsure what happened. However as they replay the video tape they notice some very weird things.Undeterred by bad reviews I decided to watch this film on television the other night. Initially I was impressed by the idea, instead of following the original movie, the sequel twists the idea of the original as a documentary and presents it as a film but then uses the film to present another story that is `in the real world’. Conceptually this was quite clever and I was drawn in by it. Sadly this didn’t last very long and it wasn’t long before it became quite an ordinary film that wasn’t creepy in any way and was actually quite dull.The plot is interesting – interesting enough to keep me watching anyway. The twists are the end are meant to be horrifying and perhaps surprising but by then all they got out of me was an `oh’ of vague interest. For most of the film it is noisy chat and fake surprises and creepy goings-on. They didn’t work as the film felt very trashy and uninvolving. The gore and flashed edits of violence were supposed to keep us guessing I think but they only served to numb me to the film, as did the occasional dream/fantasy sequence. It was a shame as it was a clever idea and had some good bits in it but the delivery let it down.The direction is very plain and doesn’t manage to build an air of suspense anywhere near as well as in the original, resulting in a rather boring series of scenes punctuated by `scares’ that don’t work. The cast don’t really help either, they don’t come across as real people and it is hard to care for such as self important group of people who are walking stereotypes – the goth, the witch, the college boy etc. At least in the original we got to see them break down and become more afraid during the film – here they could be the cast from any teen horror movie.As you may have guessed I’m not a big fan of teen slasher movies but Blair Witch was much more than that and traded on atmosphere – that was it’s strength. By throwing in gore from the very start and having tonnes of little imagined scenes of horror, Book of Shadows loses that strength and becomes a movie that lives and dies on it’s ability to scare. Sadly the originally good idea doesn’t scare and remains `interesting’ and nothing more. It is a shame that they had to make this film as it won’t satisfy those who like their horror creepy or those who like it bloody.

  • prof-rolf-iversen
    prof rolf iversen

    I feel this film has taken somewhat of a bad rap, lets face it Director Joe Berlinger was fighting a losing battle from the start here. Put another bunch of kids in the woods and he would be slammed for being unoriginal and so he made a more cerebal horror film that was slammed for not being as closely associated with the first film. I think the main reason this film wasn’t successful was that because of Berlingers whole what is reality angle when the twists come the audience and critics laughed them off as stupid. I’ll admit the acting isn’t the best (especially from the male actors) but just by fighting against the expectations that people were going to have of a blair witch sequel i enjoyed the film. Just listen to the DVD commentary by Berlinger to hear about all the studio interference he had to deal with and see how great this film could have been, Without ruining the ending i walked out with a smile on my face when i heard the exact same comments at the end of BW2 that i heard at the end of 1 ‘what thats it?’ or ‘thats a load of crap’. Although BW2 is entirely different from the first film its ending holds true to the spirit of the original as the people that got the film left having enjoyed the original should feel the same about BW2. Destined to become a future cult classic

  • hege-berg
    hege berg

    For some reason, people had high expectations about the sequel of one of the worst movies ever made. Actually, ‘Book of Shadows’ isn’t half-bad and is very underrated. It has some scary moments (unlike ‘BWP’) and as a whole is very creepy. Like ‘BWP’ it is very amateurish, which is something I don’t like, but at least the sequel has a plot.

  • gustavo-abreu-oliveira
    gustavo abreu oliveira

    Which wasn’t much, by the way. Beyond some clever advertising and (occasionally) creepy atmosphere, Blair Witch 1 wasn’t what it was cracked up to be. I tried very quickly of everyone saying how beautiful that particular emperor’s clothes were.The second film is actually much better, although most people, having slavishly (and inexplicably) dedicated themselves to the rambling and decidedly un-scary first film, will not be willing to choke this one down. It’s more of a mainstream horror film, meaning it has a plot and some vague sense of thematics.It is the theme which most people missed that I found the most interesting. The camera in this film turns on itself, and shows that once something has been filmed, it takes on a life of its own apart from the realm of what we call fact or fiction. I’m reminded of Robert Wisdom who said in Todd Solondz’s generally superior _Storytelling_ that “once you put it on paper, it all becomes fiction.” It’s the same concept here, with film. A story which may or may not be true, turning itself inside out so many times that neither the audience nor the characters know for sure what the truth is anymore. It’s a cautionary message and a reprimand which seems to have generally gone unheeded.I’ll probably see this again.

  • maria-ababei
    maria ababei

    BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 / (2000) * (out of four)”The Blair Witch Project” was a one of a kind hit; it had original ideas and a story about three filmmakers who become lost in a local wooded area while filming a documentary about the legendary Blair Witch. That was one of the best movies of last year, and now “Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2″ is clearly one of this year’s worst. It is completely contradictory to the original, contains not a single character we care about, and is recycled from about every other horror film released within the past five years. After comparing the two movies I am disturbed.”Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” (the title is meaningless) has not one strand of decent plot impression. There is just scene after scene detailing an assortment of unfocused misfits on a field trip to see the related sights and settings of where events in “The Blair Witch Project” took place. There is Jeff (Jeffrey Donovan) the leader, an ex-patient at a mental hospital, Stephen (Stephen Turner) who is writing a book on the “Blair Witch” phenomenon, in the company of his girlfriend, Tristen (Tristen Skylar), who is pregnant but is hoping for a miscarriage. Also among them is Kim (Kim Director) a Goth, and Erica (Erica Leerhsen) another practicing Wicca who wants the Blair Witch to be her mentor. These characters smoke a seemingly endless amount of pot, apparently engage in ritualistic sex, had have strange experiences when they wake up the day after they set camp having no recollection of what happened the night before.There is such a struggle for good storyline the filmmakers provide the characters with excessively blunt dialogue to reveal important information and plot points. However, to get anything out of the writing, one would have to care about the characters, and the movie provides no reason anywhere for us to concern ourselves with any of the characters. There is no development or introduction, nor does the film contain any motive or reason. This is unfortunate because the only thing holding the movie together is the mystery of what occurred during the five hours the group cannot remember. How are we to concerned ourselves with the inactive conflict if we do not care about any of the characters?Perhaps the biggest flaw with “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” (and there are many) is the fact that it is never scary or suspenseful. I was somewhat curious about what happened to the characters during those mysterious five hours, but there is no clarification. Some of the scenes have potential to involve us with horrific material, but never on the recognizable level of the original “Blair Witch Project.” The film often builds tension, but forgets, or does not know how to relieve it. The sequences that do attempt to answer our disputes are cluttered and distraught, although they do contain disgusting, disturbing, and violent nightmare imagery. What really bothers me with movies these days is how so many provide inquisitive, thought-provoking questions but never the long-awaited answers. A specific scene in the movie has one of the characters ask what is happening. I think just about everyone in the audience had the same question on their mind…the movie has no answers.

  • alexandrie-baudry
    alexandrie baudry

    Now, I will start off my review by saying that I never understood the hype of the first Blair Witch Project. Half the time I felt dizzy, very confused and slightly “sea-sick”. While I understood the basic idea of the movie: 3 friends go into the woods to make a documentary about a legend of the Blair Witch and subsequently they seem to be stalked and attacked with no clear answers as to why or how, their footage being found a long time later; I wasn’t sure why it became as popular as it did.One night I had fallen asleep with my TV on and when I woke, I saw Book of Shadows was on. I almost changed the channel when I realized that it was the sequel to Blair Witch Project, but (like a superficial girl) I saw Jeffrey Donovan on the screen and stayed a moment, ending up watching the entire movie.The movie was about a tour guide (former mental institution patient Jeffrey) who takes a group of tourists (Gothic Kim, Wiccian Erica, and a couple researching the Blair witch Tristin and Stephen) into the woods where the footage from the original movie was made. One night they camp out in the woods, drink, talk, have fun. All the while, they videotape their night. Suddenly they all wake up and have no memory of what had happened that night. Tristin and Stephen’s research notes is found ripped to shreds all over the campsite, the tapes hidden away. They find the tapes and eventually go to Jeffrey’s home. Looking through the tapes, they see nothing, but eventually they run the tapes backwards and they find that they had a wild party. Still unable to put the pieces together completely, they find out that tourists that they had a run-in with were murdered, and it was them who committed the crimes. Erica is found dead, and they realize that Tristin is to blame for the murders (I don’t believe it is confirmed, but it is implied that she is possessed by the Blair Witch), and they confront her and as she ties a rope around her neck, she mocks them, especially Stephen, who loses his cool and pushes her off of the stairs. The three remaining are arrested, the cops have video tapes that shows them killing others. The tape shown to Stephen shows Tristins death completely different than how it occurred, showing the 3 ganging up on her, and kill her by tying the rope around her neck and pushing her off. They are baffled and assumed to be arrested.It is shot completely different from the first: a fiction movie rather than a faux-documentary, and the storyline being more clear. There were many twists and turns, interesting characters, a solid storyline and great editing.I definitely recommend this movie to others. It’s not perfect, but it is a solid film.

  • carlos-cantero-pinedo
    carlos cantero pinedo

    Book of Shadows is technically the follow up to the 1999snoozefest, “The Blair Witch Project,” but has few ties to the original. This movie is not a true sequel to BWP. It mentions the original film as a work of fiction, and it is debatable if the BWP2 storyline exists in the same continuum as the first film. BWP2 has better writing, effects, and production values than its predecessor. It is unfair to compare the sequel to the original, as the second installment isn’t even a true horror movie. Book of Shadows examines the experience of supernatural phenomenon as it is experienced in reality. The question is: Are the events in the movie objectively happening, or are they subjective experiences of the participants based on collective delusion? The film maintains a constant level of tension and creepiness, but genuine scares are few and far between. That said, I believe that the filmmaker’s intention was not cheap frights. Viewers are shown the events though the victims eyes; you spend most of the film trying to figure out what is going on. The confusion is played out less through plot advances, but rather through character development. The writing is decent. Every character but the Wiccan has believable dialog. There are also some great scenes that show a level of cinematography that is not evident in the grainy original. The BWP used amateur video to create the mood of the original. There are no scenes in the movie that are technically well done. BWP2 has some well architected images that invoke tension by their design. The only point where this movie suffers is in its attachment to the original film. This is not a great movie, but people will hate it because of its association with the BWP. The film is based on the cultural event surrounding the BWP, not the movie. Audiences may not have been sure if the footage in the original movie was real or faked. Even if they knew it was ‘just a film,’ there was still doubt about the subject matter. Was there a real Blair Witch legend? Was the movie based in fact? Was there a disappearance? BWP2 focus on the confusion created by the uncertainty. If you were frightened by the original BWP, it was because of the mystique, not because of what you saw in the film. This movie examines the effects of mythology and belief on the collective perceptions of the believers. If this movie had focused on some other phenomenon than ‘Blair Witch Hysteria,’ it would not suffer from the backlash of the original. I think this is a good flick and worth a rental (if not the price of admission). Don’t expect a horror film; this movie is working at a higher level.

  • albina-ramsak
    albina ramsak

    Joe Berlinger set out to make a film with a different feel than what the studio twisted Book of Shadows into, but the end result is nothing to throw in the trash bin. I would love to experience a true Director’s Cut and wonder if it would have been as memorable, because Book of Shadows, as it is, is a fun little flick that deserves better than some of the ratings it’s garnered by those wanting more Blair Witch Project. After Blair Witch how would it be possible to continue to suggest the possibility of real footage and lost documentary videos falling into the hands of a movie studio? Viewers have now latched onto found footage as a style, but at the time following the release of the first film the idea was simply seen as a gimmick to get people to pay to watch a movie with zero budget. Book of Shadows is a great horror film, not quite as ambitious as the director set out to convey in his final cut, but tons of fun for horror fans. Turn off the lights, turn off your phone, enjoy the show.

  • yucel-yalin-manco
    yucel yalin manco

    Why is this film so hated? Yes, it’s pretty dumb and no where near what the original was, but what I liked is that the people in the film are aware of the existence of The Blair Witch Project, and in the beginning it even has some nice clips from real reviews. I was entertained throughout this whole film, and enjoyed the twists and turns, even though, yes, they are pretty ludicrous. The overall plot is suspenseful and mysterious, and why would anyone expect the same thing as the original? I can see why as a sequel it would not work, but as a stand-alone horror film, I thought it got the job done well. Oh well, I guess I am easy to please…

  • ani-bak-raze
    ani bak raze

    How does one set out to produce a sequel to probably the biggest mainstream Hollywood gatecrasher in history? For Artisan, the answer is that you don’t. Not really.Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, while attempting to extend the Blair Witch mythology, maneuvering it into the treacherous franchise waters, is instead an excursion into the hysteria surrounding the first film. FRANCHISE THIS!The Blair Witch Project made silver screen history by parlaying what was, by Hollywood standards, a no budget production, into a phenomenon. But when this inevitable sequel was pushed through production, a much more polished but just as murky film was the result.For BW2, Joe Berlinger — best known for the documentary, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (and Paradise Lost 2) — was brought on board, subsequently seizing an actual budget and creating a piece that, while reveling in a self-awareness of the first film and its mystique, does its best to subject another group of woods-bound youngsters and viewers to psychological and other forms of terror.The first fifteen minutes or so of the film is probably the best, with opening scenes that are comprised of television footage discussing the Blair Witch Project, which include an appearance by none other than Roger Ebert. That leads directly into some documentary-style interviews with residents of the town of Burkittsville, Maryland regarding the impact the film had on their lives, and includes a cameo by Berlinger.Soon, we meet the latest witch aficionados as they venture into the abyss of the Black Hills — on the inaugural run of the Blair Witch Hunt — setting up camp at the Rustin Parr ruins and mocking the first film, including Heather Donahue’s much-imitated hysterics, but that’s not all. Erica, the twenty-something witch, comments: `The Blair Witch Project. Ok. Two guys and a girl sleeping in the same tent, night after night, and no sex? It makes no sense (sic).’INTO THE WOODS. AGAIN.Beyond that, here’s a brief synopsis of the film: the five characters — a Wiccan, a goth, two Blair Witch researchers and a mentally-ill tour guide — go into the woods with a battery of cameras, lose several hours of their lives, and spend the remainder of the film holed up in a Civil War-era factory that’s been turned into a dwelling, reviewing footage they’d shot in an attempt to piece things together.As this is going on, it’s discovered that another tour group has been ritualistically murdered at Coffin Rock — probably during the blackout. Action is quickly traded for claustrophobia, and a more psychological and conceptual horror flick emerges, one with little (intentional) humor. Much criticism has been leveled against the performances turned in by a group of relative unknowns, although each of the actors and actresses probably has a brief moment or so as a better angel of the film, and Kim Director is solid in her portrayal of the cynical goth character. What distinguishes this project, however, is its meditation on mass hysteria and popular delusion — or at least its effort to do so. The film plays with `reality,’ sorting through layers not only of memory, but also media — and the possibility of the existence of supernatural elements — as the group pores over the various video tapes they’ve brought back, grappling with the latest Coffin Rock murders and whether or not the killer or killers is in their midst.Jeff, the abovementioned tour guide character, who also sells Blair Witch memorabilia on the Internet, delivers a significant line in the film, explaining that while film lies, video doesn’t. Is the truth out there? BW2 GOFor discerning home video enthusiasts, one valuable aspect of DVD commentaries is the occasional insight into the intrusiveness of studio overseers. In the case of BW2, it’s revealed that Berlinger was forced to intercut shaky-cam gore scenes throughout, something that was, in my opinion, the worst element of the film.Another noteworthy DVD disclosure involves the fact that a striking shot over the November woods of Maryland, originally written with Sinatra’s `Witchcraft’ in mind, ended up being scored by Marilyn Manson’s `Disposable Teens.’ Two things probably account for the decision: the target demographic most likely wouldn’t recognize or like the song, leaving them doubtful to buy the soundtrack; Marilyn Manson was called in to supervise the music, excluding of course the original score.I actually purchased BW1 on video for some strange reason (charmed, I’m sure), but ended up quickly selling it on eBay after finding myself unable to suffer through it a second time. BW2, however, resides in my permanent collection.A technological aspect of the DVD worth mentioning is the fact that the other side of the disk is a CD featuring the entire original score and a few of the soundtrack’s more pop-related offerings.PLEASANTLY MALODOROUS.BW2 has been called many things, including a wretched waste of celluloid (not to mention videotape) and an unforgivable festival of clichés. What it comes down to is this: BW2 is a movie that I hate to admit I loved. Although some performance and execution flaws might outweigh any uniqueness in the eyes of most viewers, for what it attempts to do — in taking on the task of making a sequel that shouldn’t have been made, defying many expectations along the way — I give this box office flop a B–. In case you missed BW2, or don’t you feel you have the stomach for it, not to worry: Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, the creative team behind the first Blair Witch, are reportedly working on BW3: the attack of the prequels.

  • gilda-bolnbach
    gilda bolnbach

    Movies that do not walk you through it and leave some interpretation are great in my book. Blair Witch 2 is one of those movies. The ending had me confused at first and then I thought about it. As I see it there are 2 different possibilities. There’s the idea that what you saw the characters do is actually what happened and then the Blair Witch doctored the tapes and killed those people. I find this idea a little hard to believe because the whole thing with messing with the tapes is strange but it is the Blair Witch after all. The other idea is that they blacked out or were seeing things different when the crimes happened. Like when Kim had that confrontation with the clerk Peggy. What she thought happened was she got p****d at Peggy stormed out while leaving the cash. But what the tapes revealed was that she cut Peggy’s throat. So Kim thought she didn’t kill Peggy but I think she did. I believe the second theory because in the beginning Jeff says that film lies but video always tells the truth, we saw the film but the video cameras were the video. I even listened to the commentary track and the director even says himself that there are many possibilities. Whew! Enough explanation of the ending (hope I didn’t ruin it). They movie is kind of ironic in the fact that it is making a big deal about the commotion of the first movie and that it was in fact not true. Lots of dream shots and other things to freak you out. I highly recommend seeing this. Plus the music rocks (like that sweet credits tune)

  • grazia-grasso
    grazia grasso

    I went into “Book of Shadows” expecting the worst, and that might be the reason I liked it. The hook of the first film was in its ambiguity and its divergence from the mainstream horror genre, hence it would’ve taken some seriously original writing to recreate such a film again in sequel form. “Book of Shadows” certainly didn’t follow the same suspense strategy but it did present some original ideas as to how the sequel should be made. The movie is certainly less suspenseful but offers a little more gore and shock value coppled with a lot of really good heavy metal music. I liked the movie and it actually reminded me more of the “Tales from the Crypt” shows than the “The Blair Witch Project”. The characters are fun to watch and Kim Director plays a very interesting goth chic…which I liked. Furthermore, the plot itself, although thin, provides many twisted and spooky scenes that make a horror film that is easy to enjoy but still leave you asking questions at the end of the movie. If you really didn’t enjoy the first movie, don’t bother with the second. However, if you’re a fan of the genre check it out a few times.

  • sebastiao-macedo
    sebastiao macedo

    “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” follows a group of fanatics obsessed with the Blair Witch legend in the aftermath of the film’s first release. Among them are a mentally-unstable local; a husband-and-wife team of graduate students studying the Blair Witch; a self-proclaimed Wiccan; and a depressive goth. The five camp out in the ruins of Rustin Parr’s home, where the Blair Witch tapes were “found,” and experience a mental blackout in which they each fail to recount several hours of the night. In a daze and confusion, they retreat to the group leader’s warehouse- turned-home, where their individual psychological breakdowns lead them to a disturbing truth.I’m just going to say it outright: I love this film. It was, and continues to be met with hostility from fans of the original, which still quite frankly baffles me. It’s not nearly as terrifying as the original film, but it is ingenious in its own way. Rather than approach a sequel with a rehash of the first film’s material, co-writer/director Joe Berlinger offers something different: a narrative within a world in which “The Blair Witch Project” was real footage— a world inhabited by characters who range from unabashed believers to academic skeptics, to people who simply “thought the movie was cool.”With a common interest, they set out into the woods to find some evidence—but all goes awry when one of the women suffers a premonitory miscarriage, and they are forced to retreat to the leader’s home, which is where the film becomes a full-blooded psychological thriller. What is real, and what isn’t? Where is the Blair Witch? Outside, lurking in the forest? Possessing one of the characters? Is she even there at all?These are the kinds of questions the script toys with, and the result is wildly engaging. The performances are top-notch, and the film is peppered with disturbing scenes and images, and some ghoulish scenarios. The score lends an oppressive tone to the movie, and it is steeped in an atmosphere of complete unease that grows more and more pervasive as the five characters bear witness to the inexplicable. The film plays its cards well and is careful in its subtlety, which leads to a downbeat and twisted conclusion.Overall, “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” has been harshly criticized by fans who it seems haven’t taken the time to try and understand what it’s attempting to do. It is not a rehash of the original film, and it never aims to be. The approach taken is commendable and rather brilliant, and it manages to establish an ever-increasing sense of oppressiveness that grows on the audience, which is the real catch here in my opinion—it is genuinely unnerving to watch, and that’s something rare these days. 8/10.

  • magda-t-arak-ajyan
    magda t arak ajyan

    In all the print that has been devoted to the original `Blair Witch Project,’ most of the discussion has been centered around the remarkable advertising strategy that managed to parley a quirky, low budget independent film into a multimillion-dollar box office success story. Of far greater interest actually is the arc the film traveled in terms of its critical and audience reception. Actually, this phenomenon can be easily charted by scrolling through the reviews of the film found on either imdb.com or amazon.com. If you look first at the earliest evaluations of the film – when it was still an unknown entity riding the film festival circuit – you will note the almost universally rapturous response the movie received from viewers caught off guard by the originality of its concept and the uniqueness of its execution. However, if you continue to scroll through the reviews with the passage of time, you will notice a rather extraordinary development that occurs. At about the time the film officially opens to immense media scrutiny and unprecedented box office success, the reviews suddenly undergo an amazing change in tone. Due to the buildup of expectations resulting from the above elements, viewers begin to tear the film apart, mercilessly declaring it to be cheapjack, annoying, hopelessly overrated and totally lacking in terror or suspense. Rarely have I ever seen such a violent backlash against any film (though just try to find someone who will admit to liking `Titanic’ nowadays – one begins to wonder just who were all those people who collectively managed to fork over all that cash to the tune of $600,000,000 in the United States and Canada alone). In many ways, though `The Blair Witch Project’ may have made a ton of money (it is easily the most profitable film ever made), it may ultimately have been a pyrrhic victory for its makers since an audience that feels it has been `ripped off’ once is not one who will be favorably inclined towards your next project.Perhaps this helps to explain the dismal box office performance of the sequel, awkwardly entitled `Book of Shadows: Blair Witch Project 2.’ As one who actually liked the original film (and, yes, I saw it long after the initial media hype had died down), I can’t say that I expected much from this newest addition to the franchise. The first film was such a unique work stylistically that, even less than most films, it definitely did not cry out for replication. Actually, this new film starts off rather well, choosing to acknowledge the reality of not only the original project but also the media ballyhoo and frenzy that attended it. The film cleverly lampoons the cottage industry that sprang up around the first film, catering to tourists who descended in droves on the once-peaceful town of Burkittsville, Maryland, where the original fictional `documentary’ was set. Taking over the reins from the first film’s creators, writer Dick Beebe and writer/director Joe Berlinger create a scenario in which a group of fans, obsessed with the original film, embark on a `Blair Witch’ tour that, naturally, turns out to be more than they bargained for. By eschewing fancy special effects of any kind and hewing closely to the `reality’ conferred by its documentary style approach, the original film managed to convey a real sense of mounting terror as the people involved became more and more terrified and confused by what was happening to them. The makers of the sequel attempt to create essentially the same impact here but with far less effectiveness. Part of the problem is that the demands made on a big budget studio production are obviously worlds apart from those made on a small independent film in which experimentation and imagination are often allowed – and even, at times, encouraged – to flourish. As a result, the makers of the new film violate the very less-is-more credo that made the original film work in the first place. Thus, as these new characters begin to spiral down into confusion, terror and madness, we are offered a plethora of quick cut glimpses of demons, ghosts, flashbacks etc. that are more distracting than terrifying. We could believe what was happening to the characters in the original film because the single-camera technique made it all seem so plausible and real. This film just feels like the typical stock horror film, filled with fancy techniques but little of the stuff that true nightmares are made of. More often than not, the viewer feels more like laughing at the silliness of the proceedings than gasping. Eventually, even the dialogue seems to be providing an almost subconscious running commentary on the film itself as the characters yell out at various points such pearls of wisdom as `This is too weird’ and `This makes no sense.’The story does a nice job at the end showing how what is captured on film or tape may not necessarily correlate with the facts of history. And, I guess, we are also encouraged to read the film in two ways – as both a genuine horror story in which the Blair Witch is somehow exercising her supernatural powers or as a study of mass psychosis playing havoc with a group of emotionally off-kilter people. Yet, in the long run, `Book of Shadows’ just doesn’t seem worth the effort. Any way you slice it, a horror film that doesn’t horrify has failed to live up to its calling. Stick with the original model this time around.