Day #57: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)


Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)


After the release of The Blair Witch Project, the town of Burkitsville becomes a hub of activity for tourists searching for the Blair Witch.

A group taking the “Blair Witch Hunt” tour soon find themselves experiencing strange events, and their ability to recognise what’s real and what’s not comes into question.

My take:

As hinted at in my Blair Witch Project post, I distinctly remember disliking this movie. It was just so typical of the genre, and so far removed from what the first movie had been, that I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy any part of it.

Funnily enough, though, I actually think that Blair Witch 2 has aged better than its predecessor.

This is not to say that Blair Witch 2 has somehow become a good movie over the years. It’s still pretty mediocre. But its conformity to the tried and true horror movie formula means that, just as it failed to stand out 14 years ago, it still fails to stand out today, for good or bad.

I could understand if you took this to mean that I thought the studio behind Blair Witch 2 did the right thing by modifying it to make it a “better” fit for the horror genre, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I might think that this movie held up better over time in comparison to the original Blair Witch, but which of them had a greater impact on the genre? And, love it or hate it, which of the Blair Witch movies are you more likely to have seen, especially multiple times?

I doubt that Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is the answer to either of those questions.


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