Blair Witch (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Blair Witch (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Blair Witch (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

📅10 January 2017, 02:32

Blair Witch (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Adam Wingard
Starring: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Lionsgate Films

It’s been 20 years since a local girl vanished into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland while researching the legend of the Blair Witch. After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.

I have very fond memories of The Blair Witch Project. It came during a time when the internet was new and not everyone on there had all the answers. As a matter of fact, both the internet and the Sci-Fi Channel (No SyFy then) was used to help make folks believe that it was legit. Now here we are in 2017 with Blair Witch and the only trickery that could come from this was the fact they hid that it was an actual Blair Witch film from most folks as humanly possible in the day of social media as they could. All in all this Blair Witch movie doesn’t really bring much new to the table as far as found footage films goes, but it does at least ignore the second Blair Witch movie and connect it to the first by way of a lead male character that is the brother of the girl from the original Blair Witch Project film. He’s heading back to that location here with a few friends to try to find some clue of what went down there all those years ago and his girlfriend is really pushing both the idea of just that and filming it for a documentary she wants to make. When they get there they also meet up with a couple other people who are a bit weird and perhaps not as up and up as everyone would like them to be. That is the basis of things. You don’t have much sizzle to this steak and if I am, to be honest here, I don’t think the characters are likable at all. That can hurt a movie like this a lot.

The only real new tricks we see this time outside of re-writing of Blair Witch lore (mostly involving the house) is the fact we have drones and numerous other cameras to catch the action. These folks actually sport cameras that go around their ears so that we can catch POVs from everyone. It still does about the same as every found footage film before it, which is a bit of a let-down. Things are a bit slow in most spots and when they do pick-up it is already at the end. The final act is probably the only part of the film I really did dig overall despite some cool body horror moments and one very cool death scene. I still think Adam Wingard is a great director overall but I also think this one is a step back from what we have seen before from him. Anyone who loves the original Blair Witch will probably get some enjoyment from seeing a direct follow up all these years later but just don’t be expecting anything too great from this one as it mostly just treads water we’ve already sailed in the horror genre many times before.


– Audio Commentary with Director Adam Wingard and Writer Simon Barrett
– Neverending Night: The Making of Blair Witch
– House of Horrors: Exploring the Set

Quality of Transfer: 88%




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