Blair Witch

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

COL­LEGE stu­dents Lisa (Her­nan­dez), James (McCune), Peter (Bran­don Scott) and Ash­ley (Corbin Reid) de­cide to head into the Black Hills For­est in Mary­land, where James’ sis­ter Heather went miss­ing 22 years ago.

The group is un­per­turbed by the Blair Witch myths, and come across two lo­cals who of­fer to act as guides through the woods. Ev­ery­thing seems fine un­til it gets dark and they are at­tacked by su­per­nat­u­ral forces, prov­ing that the Blair Witch leg­end might just be real.

The one thing that puts me off when it comes to hor­ror movies is the found-footage style. As a se­quel to 1999’s Blair Witch Project, I couldn’t ex­pect many changes to the for­mat.

But I felt that Win­gard did a bril­liant job ad­ding mod­ern tech­nol­ogy into the scenes to

im­prove the vis­ual sta­bil­ity.

For ex­am­ple, the film­maker col­lege stu­dents now have GPSe­quipped cam­era ear­pieces and drones in­stead of re­ly­ing on bor­ing old hand-held cam­corders.

But my is­sue with the for­mat when it comes to hor­ror is still the tacky buzzing sound and cam­era glitches, matched with over­ex­posed scenes from a light source, and the deaf­en­ing screams that prove to be more ir­ri­tat­ing than chill­ing.

There were a mul­ti­tude of jump scares scat­tered through­out the show but to my dis­ap­point­ment, only in the form of noise.

I ac­tu­ally ex­pected at least a ghostly fig­ure to scare the char­ac­ters, but there were other things to com­pen­sate for the scarefac­tor, such as the sud­den dis­cov­ery of hu­manoid stick fig­ures hang­ing from trees.

I had an is­sue with the choices the char­ac­ters made – they didn’t seem re­al­is­tic enough and that makes it hard for me to re­late to them – but then again, most hor­ror movies be­gin with bad de­ci­sions.

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