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Twenty years ago Heather Donahue and her two friends disappeared in the Black Hills woods of Maryland. Your brother James (James Allen McCune) doesn't want to believe Heather's dead. In an internet video he thinks he has found a hot lead, which he wants to follow together with his friends Peter (Brandon Scott), Ashley (Corbin Reid) and Lisa (Callie Hernandez) in the dark woods. The two locals who put the video on the net lead the group in the footsteps of the witch of Blair, the myth that Heather and her friends also followed. But what's waiting for them is more horrible than they could ever have imagined…
When the trailer for the film "The Woods" was released, some viewers noticed certain parallels to the "Blair Witch Project". And indeed it was announced a short time later that "The Woods" would be a sequel to the mother of all found footage horror movies. "Blair Witch" by Adam Wingard ("You're Next") completely ignores the second part and follows the content of the cult film from 1999. The film by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez worked so well for several reasons. On the one hand, the meanwhile overused subgenre was still new and completely surprising at that time. Moreover, the promo strategy of the makers was simply brilliant, so that some viewers actually believed during the film that they would see real material here - which of course is no longer imaginable these days. In addition, the mini budget forced the makers to do without special effects and big sound effects. The fact that you didn't actually see anything here and that uncanny noises like the cracking of twigs or children laughing were only heard from a distance made the strip really creepy.
Adam Wingard, on the other hand, makes it crack in the truest sense of the word. His movie doesn't skimp on sound effects and also doesn't renounce to show the witch of Blair. All of this is embedded in a story that reminds us too much of the first part to be able to surprise us. The result is the wasted opportunity to turn a good foundation into a really frightening horror thriller. Some scenes make it quite clear that there is the potential for it. When one of the protagonists has to squeeze her way through a narrow underground passageway, obviously pursued by a deadly presence, it's damn exciting. But unfortunately, such scenes are rare in a movie that is filled with unsympathetic characters and their extremely stupid actions.
"Blair Witch" is not really bad, but unfortunately not more than the average. And especially Adam Wingard, who made an extremely successful contribution to the genre with "You're Next", should have expected more than a lukewarm infusion of the first part. Therefore, those who expect frightening horrors will be disappointed over long distances. But if you can't get enough of the witch of Blair and at least want to see a solid sequel, you can confidently buy a cinema ticket. Worth seeing with some concessions]
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