I’m not as scared about Blair Witch 2 now. Harry, from Aint It Cool News has posted his review and he liked it. I usually agree with his tastes and I am now looking forward to seeing the film next weekend. It sounds like and interesting look at media and perception.
I really did like the first Blair Witch movie. It may not be cool to say so, but I did. I watched a bootleg videotape of it, three months before it came out in theaters, while sitting by myself in the dark. It worked, I was spooked and the different approach was great. The ambiguous ending, with no credits following the end of the film, was a new and great approach to horror.
The sequel comes out in a few weeks and I canâ€™t decide what to think. Director Joe Berlinger has filmed several incredible documentaries, when combined with his comment that he wanted to make a â€œcommentary on media, violence, and the nature of documentaries,â€ I thought that there was hope. Another reinterpretation of horror film.
But, after reading the latest article in Entertainment Weekly. I am scared again. They talk about restructuring the story to satisfy a commercial audience, worrying that the film wasnâ€™t disturbing enough, and filming a new, less ambiguous ending. Berlinger says heâ€™s not happy with the way the new footage is integrated in the film. He would like to change it, but heâ€™s up against an Oct. 27 release date.
So, whatâ€™s left? A steaming pile, good movie, or inventive approach. Iâ€™ll have to wait until Oct 27 to find out, but I donâ€™t like the way things are looking. They should have learned from the first film. A unconventional approach and groundbreaking ideas helped to make it what it was, why change and try to satisfy the public at large and make a worthless film.
Watch The Scooby Doo Project. Definitely the best and funniest parody of The Blair Witch.