Blair Witch should've lost the found footage element to differentiate it from the 1st, as it's a loss that Wingard doesn't bring his fine directing style here that he did in The Guest, A Horrible Way to Die, and You're Next. Story wise, Barrett's screenplay creates too many thin characters, and the action takes too long to get going. Hopefully, this and Death Note is not the start of Wingard's longer dry spell.
I think I smell a rat...ing. a ranting. nah, not really. beyond nil. i was oh so impressed with 'and you're next' and as Goddard failed hard with The Martian script so did Wingard with EVERYTHING on this film. No suspense, no drama, no pathos, no fear, no nothing. A collage of the worst clichés of the genre, done in most amateurish of ways. Getting tired of those reviews in between quotes saying 'scariest XYZ ever'=0
It may be one of those "sequels" that is mostly a remake. It may not be reinventing found footage horror. It may not even be that exciting for the first hour - in fact, mediocre and token. But once the final act settles in, so does the horror. Was relieved that this sequel left things mostly to imagination, with hints of the witch's truly terrifying image. Worth watching for the final scenes, especially in the house.
There's alot of predictable jump scares and unecessary cheezy glitches that failed as much as the Paranormal Activity sequels. It felt like they had to dumb down the characters, so much that you can no longer empathize with any of them. Their elaboration of the first Blair Witch, killed off it's mystery by introducing the Witch.
There is nothing new under the sun in this pseudo-sequel remake that disappoints considering the director. Pretty much all the gimmicks from the '99 original are here with none of the suspense or chills. Other than a very late tunnel scene and a game turn by Callie Hernandez there is very little to recommend another trip to the woods here.
The rare case of a genre exhausting itself so much so that the only choice it has is to circumvent back to its origins. Ironically, however, a reboot of the film that birthed this genre feels like another generic walk in the woods that turns deadly. I'm really surprised that Adam Wingard, someone who has worked on two VHS-inspired anthology films, didn't opt to make this look more like old-school footage.
An unabashed fan of "The Guest," I walked into the theater totally game for whatever Adam Wingard wanted to deliver with his psuedo-sequel to the found footage source text. But as the hollow jump scares and loud editing splices piled up, I felt increasingly betrayed by a filmmaker who didn't seem to have faith in his audience's intelligence - or an understanding of what made the original "Blair Witch" so compelling.