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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

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I actually loved The Babadook but HATED It Follows.
I feel the opposite, although I didn't hate The Babadook, It Follows was way better.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

It Follows was great.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

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In the theatre now. Starts in 10 minutes! HYPE!!
Post review later if can. Might see this or Don't Breathe tomorrow...
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJxCdh1Ps48

More thoughts later. Maybe.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

I saw it tonight and it was ok. The stuff I did not like was the screaming of people's names and the way too loud sound effects.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

Don't Breathe it is.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

Saw it this tonight. I really enjoyed it. Definitely going to be a polarizing though, especially to fans of the first film.

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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

Eh, It Follows had an interesting premise with horrible choices and ideas (talking about that pool scene). I couldn't deal with that. Babadook had some good scare moments and WAY better acting.

As for this movie, big disappointment outside the last 20 or so minutes. Had characters that you really couldn't cheer for, didn't make a lot of sense (as someone mentioned the calling of a name, why would a sister be calling out to you when she doesn't know you are looking for her how many years later?), and I had hoped for a better backstory. It does explain the stick figures (looks just like the witch) but overall just not worth it. Original is better (at least it had characters you could enjoy).
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

Just got out of the theatre. There were about 20 other people in there, most of whom had not so complimentary things to say about it as they walked out. Myself, I thought it was on the fringes of being a good movie. There were some really creepy elements. It really is a remake of the first film with a little more exposition pertaining to the Blair Witch lore. I thought the millions upon millions of found footage horror movies since 1999 really put a damper on this film. Like going back and listening to Led Zeppelin IV all the way through again after decades of abuse by FM radio. The actors seemed like actors, the found footage felt like a found footage movie. The people used in the first film whether its the 3 leads or the townies all really felt like living breathing people that inhabited the Blair Witch universe. The same can't be said for the sequel. The only other thing I'll add is that I thought the ending sorta sucked.
Spoiler:
The girl turning around because her friend talked to her seemed like a real copout that Wingard used because he basically wrote himself into a corner, I guess you could say figuratively AND literally



All in all I thought it was a decent film with some decents scares. A far cry from seeing the original opening night when I was 14 and walking out of the theatre with numb legs.

6.5/10
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

This was way overhyped. The new rating is more accurate. A rental at best.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

Didn't hate it, but as I left the theater I felt underwhelmed. It did step up when they finally got to the house. It was cool actually seeing the witch a few times. There were a handful of creepy/tense moments throughout, but overall the movie was very eh. And this coming from someone who's a big fan of The Blair Witch Project.

Give it 2.5/5
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

1/5
The entire movie plays out, beat for beat, almost identically to the original. If you have even a vague memory of how that film played out, this one is going to be too familiar, even with its differences. That would have been okay, if it wasn't so damn boring this time around. It's different in parts, but mostly not. The movie sets up moments for payoffs that never amount to anything. The characters are all pretty much just textbook 20-somethings. There are a silly amount of misplaced jump scares. There's an incredibly dumb moment when one character climbs a tree to retrieve something.
The last sequence (~20 or ~25 minutes?) was building up some real tension that could have turned me around on this flick, especially during one character's 'escape,' but then it falls flat. And the last moment, as mentioned in Chadm's spoiler, was a major groan.

This film has some unanswered questions about two characters (those who've seen it know what I mean), but while there's some mystery there, it's not exciting. Meaning, I just don't care why those two are experiencing what they are experiencing in their particular situation.

Overall, this movie was a bore for its first 2/3, and frustrating during its final moments.

If you're a fan of the original, you'll probably want to see it anyway. I don't want to dissuade you. Just don't expect this to live up to Wingard's other (much better) flicks.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

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Just got out of the theatre. There were about 20 other people in there, most of whom had not so complimentary things to say about it as they walked out. Myself, I thought it was on the fringes of being a good movie. There were some really creepy elements. It really is a remake of the first film with a little more exposition pertaining to the Blair Witch lore. I thought the millions upon millions of found footage horror movies since 1999 really put a damper on this film. Like going back and listening to Led Zeppelin IV all the way through again after decades of abuse by FM radio. The actors seemed like actors, the found footage felt like a found footage movie. The people used in the first film whether its the 3 leads or the townies all really felt like living breathing people that inhabited the Blair Witch universe. The same can't be said for the sequel. The only other thing I'll add is that I thought the ending sorta sucked.
Spoiler:
The girl turning around because her friend talked to her seemed like a real copout that Wingard used because he basically wrote himself into a corner, I guess you could say figuratively AND literally



All in all I thought it was a decent film with some decents scares. A far cry from seeing the original opening night when I was 14 and walking out of the theatre with numb legs.

6.5/10
Glad I'm not the only one that had issues with the acting. I actually didn't hate the ending, though. Those kids were dumb and seemed like the obivious thing to do.

Originally Posted by dex14 View Post
This was way overhyped. The new rating is more accurate. A rental at best.
Question is, WHY did it get so overhyped to begin with???
Old 09-16-16, 03:45 PM
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

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1/5
The entire movie plays out, beat for beat, almost identically to the original. If you have even a vague memory of how that film played out, this one is going to be too familiar, even with its differences. That would have been okay, if it wasn't so damn boring this time around. It's different in parts, but mostly not. The movie sets up moments for payoffs that never amount to anything. The characters are all pretty much just textbook 20-somethings. There are a silly amount of misplaced jump scares. There's an incredibly dumb moment when one character climbs a tree to retrieve something.
The last sequence (~20 or ~25 minutes?) was building up some real tension that could have turned me around on this flick, especially during one character's 'escape,' but then it falls flat. And the last moment, as mentioned in Chadm's spoiler, was a major groan.

This film has some unanswered questions about two characters (those who've seen it know what I mean), but while there's some mystery there, it's not exciting. Meaning, I just don't care why those two are experiencing what they are experiencing in their particular situation.

Overall, this movie was a bore for its first 2/3, and frustrating during its final moments.

If you're a fan of the original, you'll probably want to see it anyway. I don't want to dissuade you. Just don't expect this to live up to Wingard's other (much better) flicks.
I am bad with names but had to look up Wingard. Also thought You're Next with a bit overrated. Haven't seen The Guest. But seeing as he made this and his next project is Death Note, I am not really happy about it. Loved Death Note and don't think he will do it justice now.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

What a piece of shit. Full disclosure, I really hate found footage movies with a passion. I'm always taken out of the movie by the fact that people always have some dumb excuse to hold a camera, and also by the fact that this raw footage is edited by someone. But I decided to give this a shot because I wondered how they could update TBWP in this new era. Plus Winegard's The Guest was one of my favorite movies I've seen this year and I wanted to see what he would bring to the table.

-This is bad. Just bad. None of the characters were interesting at all and after leaving the theatre I literally forgot most of their names. Mike, Heather and Josh weren't the best characters either but at least I could remember their names.

-The updating of technology doesn't really work at all. There's a subplot with a drone being used that doesn't really have much of a point at all. They use it a couple of times and it gets stuck in a tree. Yay.

-This movie really just drags and drags. They revisit the "scares" of the original (rocks, sticks) in this one as well and they are just as lame as the are in the original.

-There's some body mutilation horror that seemed like it was going to go somewhere supernatural and cool that instead just doesn't. Plus the actress didn't have nice feet. Would have rather seen the leads of the goth girls.

-Because of the whole handheld camera thing it ruins some of the scares and deaths. One characters death doesn't even show up. One minute there standing and the next I was going "wait a second, did they die?"

-There were two things I liked about it. I liked the part when they got to the house because it felt like a POV walkthrough of a haunted house. I also liked a pretty tense scene with the main actress towards the end that gets ruined because they don't do anything with it. And unlike some posters, I didn't mind what happened at the end with the main actress because in a high stress scenario I could see it happening.

-I also hated the look of the BW. Or what you can actually see anyway.

Overall I think this is a poor update of BW and a big disappointment as a Winegard fan. If nothing else this really shows what made the first BW work was the marketing, and the uniqueness of seeing something like that. Yes movies like Last Broadcast did it first but the success of BW was 50% marketing and 50% the experience and uniqueness of it. In this day and age after being plagued with 10,000 found footage movies that uniqueness is gone and instead it's just another found footage movie.

1/5

Question is, WHY did it get so overhyped to begin with???
Good question. Of all the movies to be excited about, another Blair Witch seems to be the least interesting one to be excited about.

This film has some unanswered questions about two characters (those who've seen it know what I mean), but while there's some mystery there, it's not exciting. Meaning, I just don't care why those two are experiencing what they are experiencing in their particular situation.
Can you spoiler tag it because I'm not sure what you are referring too.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

Going to see this tonight. Reviews are making me glad I have Movie Pass.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

Didn't know who Adam Wingard was. Never seen anything by him, but as I look at his filmography and see that he is supposed to direct a remake of I Saw the Devil,
he is now officially on my shit list.
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Didn't know who Adam Wingard was. Never seen anything by him, but as I look at his filmography and see that he is supposed to direct a remake of I Saw the Devil,
he is now officially on my shit list.
I Saw the Devil could have been tightened up a little but that is one of the few times I just don't see any real merit in a remake. That said, since it's the same team as The Guest which I inexplicably love the hell out of, I will see it. They're going to turn it into a juiced up, super schlocky B movie, and I'll probably love every second of it again.

That said, Blair Witch is something I can wait for at home.

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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

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If you're a fan of the original, you'll probably want to see it anyway.
In my case, it's the reason I'm skipping this one. The original is one of my top five all-time favorite horror films. It profoundly unnerved me in a way no other has before or since, and that is largely because of the unknown/unseen. A sequel showing the witch would be akin to a Black Christmas (also in my top five) sequel disclosing the killer's identity. So, as soon as I heard that, it became an immediate skip.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

I saw the movie at a free screening last week. It's alful but I never really cared for the first one that mich either. The found footage is only a novelty the first time they they did it. Its been copied so many times since then that it's not original anymore and is just a gimmick for a lack for a lack of good writing.
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Shocked no one brought this up as my friend was reading this on Reddit (friend I saw the movie with):

Spoiler:
As the movie neared the end, you see a bloody girl in the mirror which is the lead actress. He whispered to me that it was the same image shown at the start of the movie on the computer. I wasn't sure what he was talking about but I guess on Reddit it is saying the thunder and lightening is basically them time traveling, just like the whole Paranormal Activity films. This pissed me off. I really thought the witch just cursed the land and it is never light (I think like the first one). So there is time traveling BS to this one. I don't mind seeing the witch as explained by the people who knew the story, it fit the image and the sticks. But time traveling, FUCK YOU!
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

Originally Posted by robin2099 View Post
Can you spoiler tag it because I'm not sure what you are referring too.
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When Lane and Talia suddenly return, they say something about being lost for days, when it had only been a few hours. So, clearly, some sort of time warp going on. And at the end, when we see Lane again, he's got a big bushy beard
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to show us how much time has passed, for him. Also, as noted in jacob_b's post above me, the footage at the very beginning of the film, that they're watching on YouTube, turns out to be the footage Lisa (I think) shot at the end of the movie. So yeah. Time travel or time warp shit. While I'm okay with movies that incorporate this kind of thing, it just... isn't exciting or interesting here. Even if there's more to it, and hints are dropped along the way... who cares? It's still a pretty shitty movie, and sneaky time travel shit that isn't explained isn't going to change that.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

Originally Posted by jacob_b View Post
Shocked no one brought this up as my friend was reading this on Reddit (friend I saw the movie with):

Spoiler:
As the movie neared the end, you see a bloody girl in the mirror which is the lead actress. He whispered to me that it was the same image shown at the start of the movie on the computer. I wasn't sure what he was talking about but I guess on Reddit it is saying the thunder and lightening is basically them time traveling, just like the whole Paranormal Activity films. This pissed me off. I really thought the witch just cursed the land and it is never light (I think like the first one). So there is time traveling BS to this one. I don't mind seeing the witch as explained by the people who knew the story, it fit the image and the sticks. But time traveling, FUCK YOU!
I noticed that as well. It's touched on with a few scenes involving Lane & Talia but nothing is ever really fleshed out.
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Re: Blair Witch (2016, D: Adam Wingard)

http://ihorror.com/blair-witch-direc...-within-movie/

If you can spot the missing map from the first movie, you can win $400.
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If it was a decent movie, I'd go watch it again and try to spot the map. And the more I think about it, the spoiler I posted makes me hate this movie even more and kind of ruins the original when you put it together...

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