ReviewFilm review: Blair Witch – found-footage horror reboot offers more of the same fare
Third instalment (with less shaky camerawork) takes its time to build up to a nerve-shredding finale in the Black Woods of Maryland
Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch breathes life into a franchise dormant since the risible Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 flopped 16 years ago. A year earlier, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s low-budget indie film The Blair Witch Project frightened filmgoers with its “found footage” tale of teenagers investigating the legend of the Blair Witch in the Black Hills woods in Maryland.
Wingard knows he’ll never repeat that trick, but he keeps this sequel/reboot close in other ways. James Allen McCune plays James Donahue, brother to Heather – one of the missing adolescents from the Myrick/Sanchez movie. When a clue to her whereabouts appears, he resolves to head into the woods to rescue her, accompanied by three friends (Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Corbin Reid) and two oddball locals (Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry) along for the ride.
Blair Witch opens on September 22
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