Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Really bad slasher sequel.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models.

Violence

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

Sex

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.

Language

Frequent extreme profanity, including many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "pr--k," "hell," "ass," and "goddamn."

Consumerism

Blatant product placement of Pete's Wicked Ale and other alcohol brands.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are shown purchasing beer and drinking heavily. They are also show smoking marijuana from a pipe and a joint. Characters wake up with no memory of the night before.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's not much that's worth seeing in Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, although some teens may be interested. Parents should be aware that this slasher flick is filled with graphic sex, violence, and profanity. Characters are shown drinking heavily and smoking marijuana. There are glimpses of topless girls and rear male nudity that occurs in the context of a drug-influenced occult sex-and-death orgy, as well as full frontal female nudity. There is frequent use of strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," and "pr--k."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byPlague December 17, 2009
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.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow December 19, 2012

THE ABSOLUTE WORST MOVIE EVER MADE!!!!

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... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymorbidgoth April 9, 2008

must see movie

this movie was awesome, great gore scenes, really funny movie. it is one of my favorite horror movies ever.if you dont like this movie you must be crazy.

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 remember 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: Blair Witch 2 (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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why The Blair Witch Project was so popular, and how Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 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?

  • What do you think is the appeal of horror movies? Why do people enjoy feeling scared? How scary is the movie? What are the scariest parts? What's the difference between jump-scares and other kinds of scares? Does a movie have to be violent to be scary?

  • What purpose does the violence serve? Is it thrilling or horrifying? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

Movie details

For kids who love horror

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