MOVIE REVIEW: BLAIR WITCH

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Do you need something to get you in the fall spirit, despite the high temperatures? Maybe the caffeine just isn’t working anymore and you need something to keep you awake at night. Either way, there is one solution: go see Blair Witch. Released on September 16, 2016, this sequel to The Blair Witch Project (1999), is sure to frighten even the toughest scary movie buffs. Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett, Blair Witch is a direct sequel to the 1999 film, centered around the younger brother, James, of Heather Donahue, one of the characters who disappeared in The Blair Witch Project. The film follows James and his friends, Peter, Ashley, and Lisa as they embark on a journey into the Black Hills Forest where the Blair Witch is said to haunt. Along the way, the group picks up two locals who found and uploaded the footage that inspired this adventure. Everyone starts out hopeful, but as the locals reveal the stories surrounding the woods and noises are heard throughout the night, they soon learn that the legend is more than just a scary story. Although the story line has been tweaked slightly, the film is what The Blair Witch Project would have been if it was made today. The characters have high tech gear that produces footage that is acceptable by 2016 standards, while making extremely subtle political statements (such as the scene with Peter and the Confederate flag) that would also date the film, while still holding on to the same story. Although Blair Witch is not scarier than the original, it is still frightening. It plays on human fears of the unknown while showing what physical and emotional exhaustion can do to people braving the elements. Blair Witch provides viewers with a new take on a classic film, without lacking any of the original horror.

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