The summer season is officially over and man what a stinker of a summer I felt like it was for the movies. With the exception of just a few films I was exceptionally disappointed by the films we were offered this year. I haven’t posted any reviews in awhile because studios have basically just been re releasing films from the beginning of the summer but I’m back with 2 incredibly positive reviews for 2 totally different kinds of films.
It’s no secret that I’m a nostalgia junkie born and raised in the 90’s. 90’s horror was my favorite time for horror and now here in 2016 horror continues to be the most profitable and successful genre in the industry. It also happens to be my favorite. When I was 9 years old I was taken my by then 19 year old brother to see The Blair Witch Project knowing nothing about it other than the fact I was told it was real. It scared the living hell out of me. I love my Hitchcock horror. Sure I live my gory flicks, saw traps, and demon ghost girls but nothing is scarier than a scream behind a closed door. To be honest though the film doesn’t hold up well and you can honestly have a good time laughing at it, but you can also want to stab your ears trying to block out Heather yelling and screaming the entire time. Trust me. She’s just as annoying as you remember.
So 17 years after the first film and 16 years after its massive flop of a sequel we finally get another Blair Witch film and it’s here to shake you to your core. This time the film is a modern day follow up to the first film and pretends as if the first film was in fact real. The brother of Heather finds a YouTube video of 2 people who found the house Heather went missing in years ago. So him and his friends decide to grab their cameras and head into the woods. There of course things go very very wrong.
It has to be brought up that the whole woods things has been done to death. Joss Whedon reinvented the genre a few years ago with Cabin in the Woods but while Blair Witch doesn’t really seem to add anything totally new to the woods aspect it completely nails the look, tone, scare factor, inventiveness, and flat out creepy aspects. The film is brilliantly shot and the camera never over shakes. The characters are all so well written that if you forgive them for going into the woods in the first place they impress when it comes to their escape minded creativeness. It’s also interesting that the group of friends bring along 2 people that have already been in the woods as a guide of sorts. The two have 2 very different agendas which provides for a very interesting mix.
The movie is almost like a bucket of Halloween horror candy. If you love ghosts then you get your fix. If you love a little gore then you get your fix. It’s filled with jump scares, unnerving suspense, and action based horror. In fact one kill in the film just might make one of my favorite horror kills if all time and even got a thunderous round of applause in the film. If you’re a die hard or a small fan of the mythology of the Blair Witch you’ll be very pleased with the new layers of backstory given in the film. It also incorporates technology and a new element that involves time that I thought was sheer genius. I do think some of the kills could have been spruced up a bit. Not everything they introduced (like a flying drone) was really utilized to its potential. It certainly has a couple why the hell would you do that?! moments but what horror film doesn’t?
Coming off of Don’t Breathe which I though was a brilliant suspense based horror film, fans will be excited to know this horror movie just throws it right in your face and delivers a 90 minute romp that had even me scream a couple times and embarrass myself. You also don’t need to re watch the original film again but this is Citizen Kane in comparison. It’s a perfect way to kick off horror season and an almost perfect thrill ride I’m certain you at the very least will have fun with.