Parents' Guide to

Blair Witch

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Intensely scary, but lame story, shallow characters.

Movie R 2016 89 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+
age 15+

Stupid, predictable and corny, and gave me a good laugh.

This is one of the stupidest horror movies out there! I hate that it even carries the Blair Witch name. The scenario is just like any teen horror movie, and predictable as hell. Instead of being scared, I laughed nearly the entire movie, for it's predictably, and it's cheesiness. The ending was totally expected, the flying tent scene had me cracking up, the crackling leg scenes, and stupidity of all the characters, gave me the best laughs I've had in a long time. Can't anyone write and direct a really scary, but not gory suspenseful horror movie like the original Blair Witch Project? Instead of it being a horror film, it should have been labeled comedy, like Scary Movie. I'll just pretend it isn't a sequel to The Blair Witch Project, which will always be my favorite horror film, and one I watch every October, and never tire of. If only someone would make another like it, instead of the same ole, same ole.

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As it grows more unreal, this "threequel" to the original Blair Witch Project becomes intensely scary, but it's undone by a weak set-up and irritatingly dumb, shallow characters. Blair Witch has more in common with the rushed, boneheaded Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) than it does with the crafty, groundbreaking original. The characters' reason for going into the woods is ridiculous, and the friends are selfish and treat each other callously.

Ideas like a flying drone camera and the two locals initially faking some scares are dropped or never explored; they seem more like desperate filler than actual content. The shaky-cam footage can get tiresome, but the film's stark lighting, spooky woods, and even spookier cabin at the climax are actually, genuinely hair-raising, relying more on goosebumps than on jump-scares. It makes you wonder why, if director Adam Wingard (You're Next, The Guest) had enough skill to generate chills, he couldn't have made a smart, emotionally engaging movie.

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