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Blair Witch

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Canada, United States · 2016
Rated R · 1h 29m
Director Adam Wingard
Starring James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Corbin Reid
Genre Thriller, Horror

Students on a camping trip discover something sinister is lurking beyond the trees.

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The Film Stage by

It’s a film that not only goes back to the basics, but seems to deliberately steal much of what made the original such a horrific treat.


IndieWire by Ben Travers

Blair Witch is shot, constructed and executed just like the original. And the slow-build fright fest will please genre purists — perhaps enough to reinvigorate the potential franchise — even if it feels all too familiar to the rest of us.


The Guardian by Benjamin Lee

If The Blair Witch Project signalled a new dawn of horror, Blair Witch is the loud death rattle of a once exciting sub-genre, disappearing into the darkness.


Chicago Sun-Times by Bill Zwecker

Big kudos go out to screenwriter Barrett for creating a script that throws out so many curve balls. Just when you think the story is going in one direction — you get some nice jolts and surprise twists

50 by Brian Tallerico

What’s scarier—someone yelling boo or the sound of someone, or something, whispering it in the distance? Blair Witch has plenty of yelling, but not nearly enough that gets under your skin.


The Verge by Bryan Bishop

Wingard and Barrett add a creepy body horror element to the mix early on, and thanks to the forceful sound design there’s a greater sense of some massive, physical thing in the forest than the first film ever had — but Blair Witch is at its best when it’s honoring what has come before.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Setting up a number of promising kinks in the now-standard found-footage formula, as the seemingly spooked forest begins to close in its hapless victims, Blair Witch disappointingly casts most of them aside for a finale that does little to advance the series’ existing mythos.


The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

By sticking so slavishly to the original Blair Witch film’s template, the result is a dull retread rather than a full-on reinvention, enlarging the cast numbers this time but sticking to the same basic beats.


Total Film by Matt Glasby

Wingard and Barrett’s surprise – and surprisingly strong – sequel earns its scares. An effective follow-up to a film that can’t be matched.

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