Blair Witch, Not Project, Movie Review


Andrea Gomez, Staff Writer

Once everyone saw the trailers they probably thought “great another one?” Trust me, it’s not bad.
A little information on the movie, Blair Witch, it is the third movie made for the franchise along with the original The Blair Witch Project (1999) and the second Book of Shadows: Blair Witch Project 2 (2000). Directed by Adam Wingard, when interviewed by Jacob Hall from the blog Film, he was asked why did he make the Blair Witch movie so different from the first one, he stated that “It was like, if we’re going to do this… roller coaster is the exact right word.” And a rollercoaster it was.
Having seen the Blair Witch preview on Thursday September 15, admittedly before the movie I was already expecting it to be like the original or just a horrible film. However, once I got to my seat, the lights dimmed down to total darkness and all I could see was the screen, I was a bit terrified.
The movie started off with a loud jumpscare which to me was very unexpected because that’s not how movies start (usually). Once I saw that it was a movie in a camera point of view I was convinced that this was going to be a terrible movie, but it took a while to get me hooked on. There were a lot of jump scares and about two scenes I had to look away because they were gruesome, so if you’re going to see the movie and are very sensitive to that kind of stuff a big warning to you. The parts that were most interesting to me from the movie was the fact you could see the stages of the Blair Witch curse.
Another thing that the audience might think it seemed off was the fact they went into the
would they go there, isn’t it common sense to not go there? Well, if you didn’t put yourself in the shoes of James (Character, James Allen McCune) where he was desperately trying to find his sister then you won’t like the rest of the movie.
The whole movie is to put yourself in their shoes because obviously you wouldn’t do a mistake the protagonist would do but that’s because you see the consequences in the movie and if you were in that situation it would’ve been the same outcome or worse. The whole movie captures humans trying to make decisions while being scared. Just as James McCune stated in an interview by Movieclips Coming Soon that “Everybody watching is that it’s going to feel horrifying you’re not going to be able to understand why but it’s gonna feel really upsetting to be where we are.” They also interviewed another character from the movie named Corbin Reid and she stated that “It just plays a lot in people’s primal fears… and just the idea of being in the woods and being lost and like and i mean being in the middle of nature is terrifying”
Sure the movie had similarities of the first one but that doesn’t mean that it was bad. Overall I believe the movie deserved a 7.5 out of 10.