January 30, 2016
[School of Movies 2016]
The Spooktacular continues as we look at three different ways of telling effectively the same story.
1999. The Blair Witch Project: An incredibly low budget found footage movie that took the world by storm.
2000. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: A cash-grab meta-movie slapped together by a confused studio hoping to capitalise on unexpected success.
2016. Blair Witch: An in-world sequel to the original released to immense derision to an audience sick of remakes and reboots.
Sharon and I go in hard and tackle each film in turn. You get the raw responses from the first two as we watch and then account for their craftsmanship and how they make us feel. The third I saw at the cinema a few days before this review and Sharon hadn't heard anything about it so you get to hear about it fresh along with her. Major spoilers for all three in turn so leave off when you don't want to hear what happens.
We both recommend you see the original, we can't advise seeing the second, as we both found it atrocious, and Alex actually really recommends the third, but with the caveat that most critics panned it so his is the minority experience.