Blair Witch (2016)

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  1. Dave

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    More scripted for sure, less shaky cam viewpoint, and a bit more polished. Some will like that and others will not, preferring the amateur aspect of the original.
     
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    Someone was telling me this is getting bad reviews so I read through several on metacritic. Positive or negative it doesn't seem like anyone of those "professional" reviewers actually saw the film. :confused:
     
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    Based off of your opinion, I will pass. I hated the original. I have no desire to see this one.
     
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    Worth a watch. Sure. But I'd wished waited for home video.

    Although the last 20 mins was quite good, even though it doesn't really do anything new.
     
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    Not sure I agree there.
    In terms of filmmaking devices maybe (although the sound was quite cleverly employed), but what about the witches' ability to alter time and daylight? Or the fact that the house was located where the DV cam was discovered implying that the Witch could cloak the building? What about that we get to SEE the witch?
    I think they certainly expanded on the myth in a satisfying way.
     
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    Same here. I LOVED the idea of the original film but I can do without a film that has to literally be handheld the entire running time (Cannibal Holocaust did it right by mixing conventional cinema with found footage). Going to a cinema and watching a found footage video didn't create any mystique for me. I felt it was something I should have been watching entirely on the internet. The idea was great, however and I loved the TV special that aired before the original was released - I was more intrigued with that. I would have loved the original movie to have been a combined version of both the documentary and then the found footage. Then I could stomach it. Shaky cam is not a favorite of mine.
     
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    It's funny that you mention the idea of the film. I loved it to. When I first heard of it, I thought this is going to be sooo good. I kept hearing from everybody who went to see it how great it was, and how people were leaving the theater sick. Little did I know it was from motion sickness and not from the story. I finally went to see it with a friend and both us walked out of the theater feeling raped. It was so bloody awful and you couldn't see shit. I know there are a lot of fans and I know it made a tremendous amount of money but I would rank it in the ten worst horror films ever.
     
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    Sure. There were a couple of glimpses of the witch (not sure about the new mythology shoe horned in to make her look like she does), but altering the woods was employed in the original. A couple of days of darkness and waking up late doesn't mean a revolutionary new Blair Witch film
     
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    That was the original idea. Some of the footage used for the special was even shot as part of the original film. Long story short, they ran out of money.
     
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    Caught Blair Witch last night and thought it absolutely sucked. Considering it's supposed to be a continuation of the original film (which I love - hell, I also enjoy Book of Shadows) it basically devolved into a remake by having it's truly disposable characters fall into the same/very similar trappings and scenarios. While they also set off initially to make their own documentary about James' search for his sister, none of them actually do and that plot point is scrapped as soon as they arrive in the woods as they just become people in the woods with various camera gear. Nothing really was added to the mythology other than to
    reveal the witch physically, which I also found to be the film's biggest mistake by making what was truly scary about the original (the unseen) and giving it screen time. Reveal too much and it loses its impact. Did anyone else also find the Blair Witch resembled what we see of the possessed 'creature' from the first [REC]? I sure thought it did...
    Too much time was relegated to generic sound/cut jump scares rather than building a sense of dread via the myth and surroundings, something the original film succeeded with but Blair Witch in my opinion has completely ignored. The new things it does bring to the table that it likes to think make it scary, such as the
    people in different planes of time, the cloaked house, and the strange 'alien' light source that lights up the house when they are finally there
    only add plot holes or cheap scare tactics instead of a real sense of mystery and can be easily explained by saying
    they've all walked into an alternate reality
    which to me negates the very thing that makes the original work, that it still feels rooted in real life.
     
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    You really should spoiler tag parts of your first paragraph.
    Specifically the part where you reveal they show the witch.

    I don't think they are in an alternate reality so much as they are under a spell. Hence the villain is a witch.

    It's funny you and Buechlers Beard are saying the opposite of each other. He says they didn't do anything different and you say they did too much.
     
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    Fixed, so you may have to add a spoiler tag into your quote of my post too.

    I wouldn't say my views are opposite of Buchlers Beard, but are similar to his, as nothing important or new happens in the film and it's basically a rehash of the original film's structure. None of the mythology was really added to in any way other than they expanded on the
    "spell" as you put it, or "alternate reality" as I see it since they literally disappear into the woods. The only thing they did too much of was the physical reveal of the witch.
     
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    I'm actually not overly bothered that they decided to show/glimpse the witch. My of gripe is that they added one throw away line of dialogue to explain the witch's unusual appearance. I'd of preferred her to look as she was described in the original movie.
     
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    We went and saw it tonight. I enjoyed it, though I still find BW2 to be my favorite of the series. I thought the new movie relied a bit too much on "jump" scares. The theater we saw it in typically has the audio a bit too loud, so those scenes were really annoying. It did scare my wife each time, so that was fun. I do like the fact they
    showed the witch. It sort of reminded me of one of the Movie Maniac figures that came out in the early 2000s.

    I do wish they would make a proper movie about the BW and ditch the "found footage" aspect. So much mythology that could be used. Never did get that prequel that was always hinted at...
     
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    BW2 is my favourite also. Love that movie!

    I'd of loved to of seen a prequel. Maybe we still will. But seeing as the general public hate anything different (BW2), I can't imagine a period movie would go down too well. I mean, look at how The VVitch went down. Many hated that thing, and it's probably the closest movie to what we may have got.
     
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    About the first Blair Witch movie.
    Was there really a witch?
    Maybe it was just some local psychos, messing with the main characters, luring them to the house, and then raped them? And the whole town was in on it.
    Maybe it was those two fishermen who did it ;)
     
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    Squeal witch-boy Squeal!!!
     
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    A porn version might improve on the original.
     
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