Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2



Really bad slasher sequel.
  • Review Date: July 2, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Among the victims cruelly dispatched are a pair of camera-crazy Chinese tourists. There is a lot of hostility toward people who are different.


Chaotic, sometimes hallucinatory (but, unfortunately, all too clear) closeups of knives plunging into flesh, heads getting bashed in, flesh ripped with fingernails, and a man frying in an electric chair. A mental patient is graphically force-fed through a


Glimpses of topless girls and rear male nudity that occurs in the context of a drug-influenced occult sex-and-death orgy. Some same-sex kissing and full frontal female nudity. We see a couple having sex.


Frequent extreme profanity.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drug and alcohol abuse.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's not much that's worth seeing in this movie, although some teens may be interested. Parents should be aware that this slasher flick is filled with graphic sex, violence, and profanity.

What's the story?

In the world of BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH PROJECT 2, the first film has created a sensation, with witch-obsessed tourists flocking to the small town of Burkittsville, Maryland. Four young adults join tour guide Jeff (Jeffrey Donovan) on his witch-hunting excursion into the woods and wind up spending the night in the home of killer Rustin Parr. The next morning, they can't emember what happened during the night, but one thing is certain -- evil is afoot, and they're connected to it.

Is it any good?


What made the original Blair Witch Project refreshing, especially from a parental standpoint, was its lack of onscreen violence or sleaze (its R rating applied to abundant profanity). The eerie camera's-eye-view narrative allowed the viewer's imagination do all the spooky work. This sequel features gory, repeated close-ups of knives plunging into torsos and flesh gashed open.

The filmmakers behind Book of Shadows (who aren't the original Blair Witch writer-directors) are documentarians who made a more absorbing nonfiction feature called Paradise Lost about a murder case in which three high schoolers may have been falsely accused because of their gothic looks and music, not unlike the so-called Wiccans here. Whether it's borrowing those discussion-worthy themes from Paradise Lost, or referencing names and places from The Blair Witch Project, Book of Shadows finishes in last place.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the first film was so popular, and how this sequel attempts to capitalize on the original movie. Is the first film just as scary, or even scarier, even though it isn't as gory as this sequel?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 26, 2002
DVD release date:March 26, 2002
Cast:Jeffrey Donovan, Kim Director, Tristan Skylar
Director:Joe Berlinger
Studio:Artisan Entertainment
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence, language, sexuality and drug use

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow December 19, 2012


The Blair Witch Project is my fourth favorite film of all time, so I was excited as heck to see the sequel. It was Saturday, my father and sister were out, so I rented the movie and watched it on my own. What a f*cking load. I mean, this is it. The worst. The absolute worst. How could a movie as brilliant and groundbreaking as The Blair Witch Project spawn this ass of a sequel? Honestly, there are so many things wrong with it that my review might as well be a list. In fact, that's exactly what I am going to do. I am going to list the top 3 things that are wrong with this movie, right here (because if I listed EVERYTHING that was wrong with it, my list would reach to Pluto): 1. IT IS NOT IN FOUND FOOTAGE FORMAT!!! It is just in regular format! Why? I think by now we have established that the first film was fake, so what would be wrong with making it found-footage? 2. These are the most stereotyped characters I have ever seen in a movie, period. The town sheriff character is a gurgly-voiced, fat, smoking cowboy, the goth always claims to have "psychic powers", the Wiccan is a strange, curly-haired redhead, and the "mean" doctors are smoking while they are performing an operation on a patient!! F*cking SMOKING!!!! This is supposed to be 2000, not 1927!!!! It is just beyond annoying! 3. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FIRST FILM!!!! Literally, all they did was slap the title "Blair Witch 2" underneath "Book of Shadows" just to make more money. And, hey, for that matter, THERE'S NO BOOK OF SHADOWS!!!!!! There is no mention in the entire movie of a "book of shadows", they just slapped that on the title to make more money! The people making this movie are the most crazed money-whores I have ever seen in my life! Honestly, this movie is just absolutely, teeth-grindingly, ass-suckingly HORRENDOUS!!!!! There are no scares, there is no acting, there is no plot, there is no development... just pain! Pure, ungodly pain! It is not only the worst sequel I have ever seen, but the absolute worst film I have ever seen in my entire f*cking life. Watching this film was like sticking my head in a blender for almost two hours. That's how long the movie runs. Almost two hours. But this film IS worth watching... just to see how badly they botched up such a great movie as The Blair Witch Project. So rent this film someday just to see the unholy assness they put together... just prepare your barf bags.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byPlague December 17, 2009

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Just... awful.
Adult Written byGertrude11 August 31, 2009

Not really good for anyone.

This movie is iffy for everybody even 25 + It scares me to think that some people like that kind of horror movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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