Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - 17 -

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.


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