Tristan Skylar, Jeffrey Donovan, etc.
Blair Witch 2 is a movie with a lot of potential but asks
too much of the viewer from the start. To truly enjoy this
movie, one has to have read all of the books, promotional
material, website and have seen the first movie. Also, it'll
help if you haven't seen any other horror movie ever made.
A lot of things done and said in the movie with the expectation
that the viewer is well versed in the Blair Witch Lore.
On the positive side, Blair Witch 2 is filmed well and unnerving
at certain points. Much like the last film, when the sun goes
down, the viewer is left on the edge of their seat, waiting
for the next stirring thing to happen. The script itself has
some good ideas, but the execution seems a little predictable.
And speaking of predictable, the characters can each be described
with one word: psycho, wiccan, goth, etc. The cookie-cutter
characters seem to drain any originality out of this film.
Along with the predictability of the characters are some gaping
holes in the story, such as "What does the Book of Shadows
have to do with this movie?" I never saw or heard anything
having to do with the title of the movie.
I do commend the director for not blantantly showing us the
Blair Witch as most horror movies in this genre do. Keeping
her hidden in the background as she was in the first movie
was one of the few nice touches that this movie had.
Disappointingly, the soundtrack for the movie seems a little
lackluster. Scenes are dedicated to promoting the high-dollar
talent by having one of the actors turn on a tape player or
turning up their car stereo. This kind of blatant plugging
of the soundtrack quickly relegates this film to the straight-to-video
Although the movie was better than I expected, the abrupt
ending leaves the viewer feeling ripped-off. Yes, we know
there's going to be a sequel - don't state it so plainly with
the ending of the movie. Sadly, even with all of its potential,
this movie really does come off as another Scream clone.