Blair Witch (2016)

A young man and his friends venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding his missing sister. Many believe her disappearance 17 years earlier is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when two locals act as guides through the dark and winding woods. As the night wears on, a visit from a menacing presence soon makes them realize that the legend is all too real, and more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

The Blair Witch is back even if some people (Me) didn’t ask for it.  Although I had slightly more fun with this third installment than I ever had with the first and of course the second.  I think some of the problem this film will run into is the comparisons to the first.  Just about everyone except for myself will tell you the first is the best.  I did enjoy this one much more, most likely because I had incredibly low expectations going in.  This movie’s main problem is that it will never escape the fact that it is nearly a shot for shot remake of the original.  Of course it does have new technology like a new drone that flies overhead.  Let’s also not forget about the ear video cameras in which the director uses for direct cuts, that in my opinion got pretty sloppy in a lot of parts.  I would also like to mention how well the film builds tension.  However, the director always seemed to ruin perfect moments with the camera digitally cutting in and out.  I would say this is a minor complaint but to me it completely killed momentum.

The last 20 minutes of this film is completely fantastic.  No spoilers here but, we got some really great visuals and some things that will help separate it from the first.  If the rest of the film could replicate what the ending did, we are talking about a next level horror film.  In reality we got a pretty good found footage film, which to me is above what I expected from this film considering its predecessor.

Grade: 7/10

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