Review in Brief: Blair Witch (2016)

From the off, you get a reference to “footage assembled from DV cards” and it’s clear the world has changed since Adam Wingard took over this series. Following film school students trying out technology for a documentary class makes a lot of sense, added to that the familial connection to the original victims. It’s equivalent to the rebooted EVIL DEAD having a character go cold turkey as a justification for teenagers going on a trip to an isolated cabin in the woods. Maybe this much real-world logic shouldn’t be brought into horror as sooner or later your scare story is going to have to rely on someone doing something stupid. “We faked it because it’s real” soon becomes a reality as events become more explicitly supernatural than last time, and if you weren’t already claustrophobic by the time the finale comes round, you will be. I think because they show more it’s more frightening, but less scary than the original. If that makes sense. If it doesn’t, I’ll be over here staring at a corner of a room. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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