BLAIR WITCH (MA)
DIRECTOR: ADAM WINGARD STARRING: BRANDON SCOTT, JAMES ALLEN MCCUNE, CALLIE HERNANDEZ OUR CRITIC SHARI TAGLIABUE RATES IT There is only one thing that terror movies used to have to do, and that was to scare the pants off the audience.
Since then, we’ve become more discerning. We’d like the storyline to be believable, the production values professional and the acting decent, but that’s a big ask.
The original Blair Witch Project invented the sketchy handheld footage genre, and the Paranormal Activity franchise perfected it, setting the movie in a nice house, using unknown actors who could act, making their characters approachable, normal, so that the audience would bond, then start with the crazy happenings, and continue the thread of the storyline through subsequent instalments.
Blair Witch has tried to follow this formula but it’s gone awry, and the result is patchy at best.
A group of friends head to the woods, they have a couple who are going to help them find James’ sister, who went missing during the original Blair Witch Project.
It’s the woods, so people come and go, there is a lot of “I’ll go look for him/her” as expected, and while there are some pretty good scary bits, the story is left to unravel, with loose ends all over the place.
No doubt there’ll be a sequel. Hopefully they’ll have ironed out all the bugs by then.
VALORIE CURRY IN BLAIR WITCH.