Blair Witch Project 2 - Il Libro Segreto Delle Streghe
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cinque amici, incuriositi dalla leggenda della strega di blair, decidono di addentrarsi nella foresta delle black hills. durante la notte assistono a strani fenomeni, ma al risveglio non ricordano nulla. il loro campeggio e' stato distrutto e cosi' lattrezzatura elettronica. tornati a burkittsville li attendono fenomeni ancora piu' inquietanti. ben presto si rendono conto che nel lasciare il bosco non erano soli.
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It starts promisingly, with Burkittsville residents being irritated and financially bolstered by the notoriety their town has attracted. Some dialogue is rank, (“There are always naysayers who come here and say … nay.”) and the characters are pretty unlikable and stereotypical (we are introduced to Kim (Kim Director) lying back on a grave, smoking, dressed all in black and daubed with heavy make-up – so she’ll be a goth then). Erica (Erica Geerson) is a Wiccan and therefore sensitive to whatever ‘curse’ may or may not be out there. They seem to be a bit stoned and listen to rock music and might possibly have just stumbled off a catwalk. Text book, picturesque teens. A disappointing development after the realism displayed by Heather, Mikey and Josh from the original.
This is a major flaw. Main character Jeffrey (Jeffrey Donovan) has a history of hospitalisation and is victimised by the local Sherriff (who seems to have strolled straight out of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’). And yet because of his uncharismatic, postured playing, it is impossible to sympathise with, or feel anything for him or his plight. Tristine (Tristine Ryler) is really the only sympathetic, or realistic character present …
And yet, this sequel is undeserving of the critical drubbing it has received. It has some great unnerving moments: the stuttering doll-like creature Tristine sees in the hospital, the image of her drowning her dead, bloodied baby in a stagnant pond (would anyone who suffered a miscarriage during such an unnerving trip seriously then consider continuing with that trip?), the slow drifting into delirium … and the ending, where the group watch the recording they made of themselves and it contradicts their memory of events is a pretty neat way to wrap things up.
The temptation could have been to produce another docu-drama, but events here are deliberately stylised in such a way, the audience is in no doubt it is watching a professional production.
The locations are excellent and the whole production is very well shot, but I think ‘Book of Shadows’ is a (perceived) failure because while it is good, it isn’t brilliant – and it needed to be brilliant to match the virtually insurmountable success of the first.
“She’s a witch, maaan!”
Yes, "Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2" -- which doesn't have the Blair Witch OR a Book of Shadows -- is possibly one of the most notorious bad sequels in movie history. And even if you appreciate it purely on its own merits, it ends up being a generic horror movie that repeatedly booga-boogas you with cheap cliched scares... and then explains nothing at the end.
Tour group The Blair Witch Hunt, led by local guide Jeff (Jeffrey Donovan), is in the area where the Blair Witch supposedly killed the first film's makers. His group includes: Stephen (Stephen Barker Turner) a pretentious author; Tristen (Tristine Skyler), his pregnant doormat girlfriend; Kim (Kim Director), an obnoxious Goth; and Erica (Erica Leerhsen), a whiny irritating Wiccan who wants to be the Blair Witch's protégé. She's that stupid.
But after a night of pot and booze, they wake up to discover that they have no memory of what happened, Stephen's notes have been shredded, and Tristen is having a miscarriage. When the group holes itself up in Jeff's spooky-old-factory home, they are haunted by strange visions and hallucinations -- and they soon discover that they may not be able to trust themselves.
It's difficult to express in a mere plot summary just how ANNOYING this movie is. Not scary, annoying. The characters are annoying, the dialogue is annoying, and even the paranormal activity is intensely annoying -- things pop up and go "boo," then vanish. In fact, once you strip away the flimsy connections to the Blair Witch and just make this a standalone, it's just a painfully cliched horror movie.
Yep. People drink, smoke pot, have sex, and then die in mysterious ways that are ambiguously handled. Director Joe Berlinger also films the movie in a choppy, time-hopping way that quickly reveals who isn't going to die... so bye-bye, suspense. The dialogue is devastatingly bad ("Ladies and gentlemen, that there is a naked woman!") when Berlinger isn't making us nauseous with the sick-making camerawork. Of all the things from the first movie to preserve!
And in case you were wondering if the Blair Witch appears here, or what the Book of Shadows is.... the answer is NO, YOU IDIOT. The Blair Witch is only mentioned in place of a mindless generic evil force that causes generic effects (a corpse girl saying Cryptic Things), and there is no book of any kind here.
But the worst part is the characters. They are ALL annoying -- when they aren't being snotty and condescending ("What CENTURY are they living in?"), they are whiny (Erica talking about Wicca). The feeble attempts at character development are ridiculous -- particularly Jeff's past in a mental hospital.
The acting is solidly mediocre, but it's pretty much eclipsed by how obnoxious all these characters are. These are people you could meet anywhere, and hate there too -- a con-man, a pretentious idiot who thinks a PhD makes him THE authority, his wimpy spineless girlfriend, a Goth who demands tolerance while showing none, and a Wiccan who is just rebelling against her Christian parents, and won't shut up about how persecuted she is.
"Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2" is a failure as a sequel, but it's also a sequel as a standalone horror movie -- a violently annoying story filled with violently annoying characters.
Our crew manages to make it to "ground zero" and had to tussle with another tour group. As it turns out, the witch is powerful on her home soil.
I thought this film was superior to the first one as it eliminated much of the hand held nonsense. Good story line.
Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Erica Leerhsen).
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