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[Review] ‘Blair Witch’ is a Horror Game-changer That Will Completely Wreck You

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It’s impossible to know when the next big thing is coming, but I always know it when I see it.

Since its inception in 2001, Bloody Disgusting has been a driving force of the hype behind of all of the game-changers, whether it be the rise of J-horror with Gore Verbinski’s The Ring, “torture” films like James Wan’s SAW, or found-footage with Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity. Now, producers from all three (Roy Lee, Lionsgate, Steven Schneider, respectively) have aligned to resurrect The Blair Witch Project, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s seminal horror film that introduced found-footage to the masses in 1999.

Our beloved genre has been in an endless funk, and there’s bizarre irony to the notion that a found-footage sequel to the film that gave birth to the subgenre is our savior. Talk about coming full circle.

Found-footage is basically a precursor to virtual reality, so it’s not all that surprising that you’ll see a resurgence in the next few years. But what many filmmakers will miss is that viewers will be embracing this approach not because of the first-person perspective, but because of the emotional experience.

This brings us to Blair Witch (shot under the pseudonym The Woods), Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s* assault on the senses that will leave many viewers shaken to the core.

Theatergoers will need not to have seen The Blair Witch Project or its sequel, Book of Shadows, to enjoy Blair Witch. Barrett keeps everything in canon while using the original film’s mythology against the viewer.

In Blair Witch, a new tape is discovered on the outskirts of the woods where Heather Donahue and her crew went missing years ago. It looks as if Heather is still alive, so her brother assembles a crew (with the aid of two locals) to document their search for her. After setting up camp, bizarre things begin to transpire, many of which also happened in the first film.

THE WOODS | via Lionsgate

Here’s the thing about Blair Witch that’s a bit of a spoiler – this is your only warning – Wingard and Barrett are magicians using sleight of hand to distract the audience. It’s pretty clear that the duo know a lot of horror fans were disappointed or underwhelmed by The Blair Witch Project and its finale (no disrespect intended). This film pretends to be that, and while the audience believes more and more that they’re watching a quasi-remake of the original, Wingard and Barrett are preparing a third act twist that’s as intense as any horror film has ever been.

Blair Witch won’t affect seasoned horror fans (as much), but rest assured that it will destroy everyone else. This film will hurt people. It’s the emotional experience that transcends traditional narrative storytelling and ascends to a place of Nirvana. What I mean by this is that, whether they can verbalize it or not, moviegoers understand the basic structure to a story. So, while someone watching Blair Witch may think they know what’s going to happen next, they don’t. The film breaks the mold of traditional horror and pushes the boundaries to the absolute brink.

While the complete annihilation of the narrative will throw viewers for a loop, Wingard sucker-punches them with a flurry of the most intense and jarring sound design in the history of horror, which is going to leave many viewers rattled. The sound is simply one of the many well-designed “props” in this relentless funhouse of terror thats coup de grâce is the claustrophobic tunnel sequence that will have everyone squirming for the exits.

Some will laud it, others will loathe it, but make no mistake: Blair Witch is that game-changer horror fans desperately have been waiting for. It will usher in a new breed of genre films that are targeted at creating an emotional experience above all else. “Scary” is probably an understatement as this may just be the first film since The Exorcist that will leave younger audiences scarred for life.

*Full disclosure: Both V/H/S films were produced by Bloody Disgusting.

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COMMENTS

187 Comments
  • Khy

    What? I had no idea a new Blair Witch was actually ready! Wow.

    • CreepShowTwo

      I think it was a smart marketing move, they have been showing this at festivals under the title the woods. Then when all the positve feedback for the film came about they let out what its real title was. Very smart way to skirt the negative reactions they would have got if they said adam wingard was justing making another blair witch film. Man adam wingard is gonna be great for the genre. Hes just smart about it

      • Khy

        Very smart indeed. I see a ton more horror sequels going the same route

  • Jack Derwent

    I’ll wait for more opinions, MrDisgusting’s views at this point have as much weight as toilet paper.

    • Khy

      Haha, you can say that again.

  • Taboo

    I want to see this! Day one for me 😀

  • Khy

    The trailer looks fantastic.

  • I can’t wait for this, and I 100% hope that this indeed a “game changer”. We sure as shit need one. Also, how awesome to see Lionsgate getting back in the horror game. I remember when I would get so excited to see that golden lion logo pop up before a trailer. This and Saw…we’ve hopefully got some awesome stuff on the way.

    • Khy

      I’m sooo happy. And it’s franchise horror too. Maybe they’ll surprise us next with a My Bloody Valentine sequel…

      • That would make my fucking life. They were just talking about what a crime it was that didn’t get a sequel on the Shockwaves podcast. I would love for the real Harry Warden to show up in 2017.

        • Khy

          Well you never know. If Blair Witch and SAW both prove to be money makers Lionsgate just might dust off ole’ Harry for another chase through the mines…It’s not like the 09 movie flopped, it made big bucks.

          • Exactly. Apparently they were moving ahead on a sequel after the success of the first and then a new studio head took over. Lionsgate was no longer that interested in the horror genre so the MBV sequel fell to the wayside. Good to see them getting back to what grew their studio to begin with…HORROR.

          • CreepShowTwo

            And MBV was the first 3d horror movie i seen in theatres. So a sequel would be fun. Not the SAW movies though, unless they go back to 1 or 2 style with out the convulted story they built. Otherwise Saw is just gonna be another sequel in a long line of sequels that remind me of the taco bell squirts.

          • Stephen Saunders

            Gotta say the saw movies did nothing for me other then the first one. The sequels could of stopped after the first one and I’d of been fine.

          • I agree that Saw wore out its welcome towards the end. I think with the Spierig Brothers behind it we can expect something different.

          • CreepShowTwo

            True. Undead was alot of fun. But….its still SAW so im gonna be judgey and just have to wait and see. Id rather have no hope so i cant be let down. Eaiser that way.

  • The_Gentleman

    HOLY FUCK. I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED FOR THIS!!!!! Great job keeping it a secret. I thought it looked great as THE WOODS, now it looks even better. Love Blair Witch Project. Love found footage! What a delight!

  • John Connor

    HORSESHIT! After your praise for the the absolutely horrible Ghostbusters (2016), I can’t take your proclamations seriously. We always hear how every hyped horror film is a game-changer and the best thing since The Exorcist. Lies.

    • ekdikeo

      Wow, you’re a dickbag.

    • Weresmurf

      Oh no he liked something you didnt! LYNCH HIM!

    • CreepShowTwo

      Lol man 0 to 100 real quick. Brads definitely a fuckin chain of command type reviewer, Ghostbusters isnt even the begining of the list of bad reviews hes given, your first mistake was trusting his opinion. Maybe just maybe Trace is the one and only.

      • J Jett

        CreepShowTwo (are you the same CreepShow?) i agree w/ you. you worded it perfectly.

        • CreepShowTwo

          No not the same. Im the better more progressive updated version. Like a 2.0. Lol

          • J Jett

            oh! 🙂

          • Creepshow

            Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

          • J Jett

            hi Creepshow! 🙂

          • Creepshow

            Hello my friend.

          • CreepShowTwo

            It should be. Youve earned a shadow

          • CreepShowTwo

            Yea im a troll. He just always fun to read and fuck with in the talk backs awhile ago. Trolls do what trolls do

    • macguffin54

      To be fair to this commenter, when you watch the trailer Bloody Disgusting is mentioned with a quote praising the movie. How they got that quote in the trailer already is … mysterious. When did this reviewer see it to be able to provide a quote that is already in the new trailer? I have a feeling this is another film where this site knows somebody on the film or is being paid to push it.

      • macguffin54

        Actually, if you follow the asterisk by Simon Barrett’s name you’ll see this website produced Barrett’s V/H/S movies. So, I would say they are friends. This review means nothing.

      • J Jett

        macguffin54, i agree w/ you 100%.

    • James

      Their reviews are always hit or miss. Sooo many times they have given awesome reviews for horrible horror films. So I have to take them all with a grain of salt.

  • Garrison Tweed

    I was excited for this when it was called The Woods with it creepy use of the Police song but now knowing its Blair Witch.Excitement level is now a maximum.

    • CreepShowTwo

      Kinda agree because the history of the blair witch, but i do think adam wingard has been putting together alot of strong henre titles, even the guest was fuckin fun to watch. Im gonna give this a shot based soley on wingards record in my opinion. But i do agree with your sentiment that its very off putting that its a blair witch based film. Torn

  • AphroditeBoy

    Guess I’ll have I wait and see. . .

  • EmPleH

    It looks ok. Reminds me of the movie Nightlight but with slightly better acting. Looks like something I’d find on Netflix or cable but not in a theater. Hope its somewhat decent.

  • ekdikeo

    .. I was disappointed and underwhelmed by the entire movie *until* the ending. The ending is what *made* the original for me.

    So.. what does that mean for me?

    • Weresmurf

      That youre 90% of the populace. Most of us were like “the fuck?” Til that very creepy end which utterly made it.

    • SniperInTheMist

      Yeah I thought this was a weird comment, without the ending The Blair Witch Project is a 5/10 movie really. The ending, although maybe nothing fresh to new eyes now, felt revolutionary at the time when I saw it.

  • Grandpa Fred

    I’m down with the hyperbole.

  • The Drucifer

    Eduardo Sanchez,One of the Directors of the original lives near me and does some local events from time to time(cool fucking guy) and he told me almost two years ago that something was probably coming. Wished it was his and Myricks proposed prequel but I think The Witch doused that plan. I hope this follows the mythology which is one of the deepest and creepiest mythos in film. The faux docs curse of the Blair witch and the burkittsville seven are arguably creepier than the film. That was a rant

  • Rohan Sorensen

    The problem I have with the Blair Witch is that it was really boring up until the very end, and the final, scariest part was not worth the wait. I hope this one will have more going on (and not a bummer ending, which is why most modern horror movies aren’t great)

  • Raiden

    I never really got the whole concept of Blair Witch.

    • Rich Howard

      Thanks for sharing

  • J Jett

    what i hated about TBW and what continues in way too many films (especially “found footage/hand held/first person POV” types of films) is that the 3 “protagonists” were some of the most vile, irritating douche bags ever put on film. for most of the film i was rooting for the Blair Witch to end these 3 idiots ASAP.
    LOL.

  • Alexis

    I loved TBWP from top to bottom, beginning to end. It was like nothing I had ever seen—and the lack of story structure was just one way they fooled so many into believing it was real. So far, the it’s the only “found footage film” I’ve found to actually reflect what a true found footage horror-mystery would *probably* look like. I love the fact that this has been a huge secret they’ve been keeping for a good long while now—but damn are there a lot of superlatives in this review lol! I’d love to know why it’s 4.5/5–unless I missed it. So far I’m seeing nothing but a perfect review for a said perfect movie. Either way, so far I’m sold. I’m not a big sequel fan, but the way they have initially gone about this is pretty damn awesome.

  • Saturn

    First we have a secretly filmed new Phantasm (RELEASE IT DAMMIT!) and now a secretly filmed BLAIR WITCH. Cool.
    It’s nice to see that the interweb can’t spoil everything – it’s a pleasant surprise that the new movie is coming – if it had been officially announced earlier it would have given time for “blah blah, won’t be as good as the original – blah blah, do something original, blah blah I bet it has women in it…..”

    • Khy

      lol. I definitely don’t think I would’ve been as ecstatic as I am now if I had to wait almost a year. It’s amazing when a movie can be announced, drop a trailer and a release date all in the same day. Now we only have to wait less than two months~

  • Keeps everything in canon, eh? Kinda hard when THE FIRST TWO MOVIES WERE IN DIFFERENT CONTINUITYS

    • RKSDooM

      That’s not actually correct. Originally BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS had clips of things like Mike and Heather and Josh at the MTV MOVIE AWARDS – which would have obviously indicated that the “found footage” was faked in the world of BLAIR WITCH 2 – but the director was forced to edit out those clips because the producer’s wanted the films to remain – conceivably – in continuity with one another.
      So BLAIR WITCH 2 is, as far as I can tell, set in the same world as THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, but after the groups footage was released into movie theaters as “The Blair Witch Project.” If that makes sense.

      • Then you need to rewatch it – it explicitly states the first film was JUST a film. Further more, the fake tie in documentary for the second movie presents THE SECOND MOVIE as being fake.

        • RKSDooM

          Nope, I don’t need to rewatch it. BOOK OF SHADOWS never explicitly states that the found footage was faked, just that it was released as a movie :).

          • RKSDooM

            And you can listen to the director talk about being forced to remove that clip of Heather, Mike and Josh in the commentary.

          • FigaroPho

            Yeah, meaning that it was removed. As in, it’s not a part of the actual movie. The second movie, as released, doesn’t speak to the reality or unreality of the footage in TBWP, only that the first movie was released and the characters in the sequel are obsessed with it.

          • RKSDooM

            …You know that’s exactly what I was saying, right? That it being removed was my point?

        • Khy

          No. You need a re-watch, it never said that

  • Seed

    Looks like more of the same cliche jump scare shit we’ve been getting for the past 10 years. The trailer is as generic as can be.

    • Khy

      Maybe that’s the point…it lures you in thinking you know everything. This is Blair Witch after all-expect the unexpected. One thing Blair Witch has never been is generic.

  • Tyler Harrell

    How does a “game changing movie” that is compared to the likes of “the Exorcist” not get a perfect score?

  • Okay here’s what I don’t understand. The Woods has been screened at preview showings, so how the hell did not one single person let out the fact it’s a Blair Witch sequel? Or was it only turned into a BW sequel with late reshoots after those screenings?

    • Mah0019

      It’s called a NDA

    • Khy

      It’s been rumored and speculated but honestly no one was truly caring about The Woods- I wasn’t even following the film. If most horror sites were in on it -as it seems like they were- they wouldn’t be allowed to bring this to the attention of the masses. They’d have to wait until the studio chose to reveal it, which is what happened.

  • KSE1977

    This is up there with the Cloverfield “sequel” in terms of secrets. Very excited. Less so to hear Mr Disgusting stroking himself in the story about how influential his site has been. Let other state that!

  • product1977

    Yeah, but is it any GOOD?!

    • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

      Going by past excessive praise articles, no.

    • Khy

      It’s Blair Witch, of course/

  • RKSDooM

    I am out of my mind excited about this! I love THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and I own all the tie in media – the comics, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT DOSSIER, THE SECRET CONFESSION OF RUSTIN PARR, the BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS tie in book and the awesome mockumentaries THE CURSE OF THE BLAIR WITCH and the hard to find THE MASSACRE OF THE BURKITTSVILLE 7.
    When you read all this stuff and watch the two films you start to see a pattern emerge wherein the Blair Witch seems to almost always use a person to commit her atrocities.
    The search party the went looking for the little girl – Robin Weaver – and was found disemboweled on coffin rock? Robin Weaver did that to them according to the comics. The seven children that Rustin Parr supposedly killed? They were actually killed by Kyle Brody, the surviving “victim” according to both THE SECRET CONFESSION OF RUSTIN PARR and THE MASSACRE OF THE BURKITTSVILLE 7. Then we have BLAIR WITCH 2, where the entire group is responsible.
    With all this in mind, I always thought that Josh had taken out Heather and Mike (perhaps sans a few fingers and/or teeth, depending on what exactly is in that bundle of sticks Heather finds).
    Anyway, I am super pumped about this sequel and can’t wait to see how it ties into the lore!

    • Khy

      Good theory! I LOVED the mokumentaries.

  • WOLF

    What concerns me is quotes from this review in the trailer.

    • RKSDooM

      JoBlo also gave it a glowing review.

    • Rich Howard

      I wanna know who these quotes are from! “One of the scariest movies ever made” ……Who has said this?? lol Director of the film probably…

  • I really want to see this film, unfortunately I think they won’t release in Portugal 🙁

  • Jason

    ok first you say it will wreck us, then it wont affect seasoned horror fans before wrapping it up by saying it features incredible sound design. ok i know where this film is going.

  • ” This film will hurt people. It’s the emotional experience that transcends traditional narrative storytelling and ascends to a place of Nirvana.”

    THAT IS A BOLD statement! But then did we not hear the same for the evil dead remake? It was well made but not remotely scary. But I love this review and very interesting points that it is making. Perhaps it is that good. Perhaps not. On my way to see it!!!!!

    • Stephen Saunders

      He did also say it wouldn’t effect seasoned horror folks as much as non horror fans.

    • Jarek Draven

      Fair point, but that’s the thing… “scary” is a super subjective thing. Personally, I thought the Evil Dead remake was pretty creepy. Creepier than anything I’d seen in a while. Everyone’s different…

  • George C

    what are you even talking about

    • Maxime C

      Thanks for the laugh.

  • DuckingGold

    More overhyped tripe. Bloody Disgusting is quickly turning into a Bloody Joke.

    • Stephen Saunders

      So you’ve seen the film and know it’s bad and being overhyped then?

      • John Ruth

        At least he can rant.

        • SniperInTheMist

          Sure, as long as he knows he’s ranting about a film he hasn’t seen based on absolutely no information and deciding to insult an entire website because of it.

    • zombie84_41

      I agree. I won’t ever forget the time when Mr. D said Mockingbird was amazing and so awesome I watched it and was so angry that I wasted my time.

  • Blade4693

    Damn you just hyped this film up a lot lol I am excited for it, I hope it’s good!

  • John Ruth

    I will not start to judge over the new Blair Witch, I will actually going to see it when it is licenced in Europe. But the Review reads kinda fishy. Way too much praise and the V/H/S part is oddly enough. By the way, I really liked the first one, unfortunately, never seen the second nor the third part. But I’m still not sold by the Review. This is either the most effective Horror-Revival in years or it was a Review written because someone wanted to do a pal a favor.

  • boaaa82 .

    YES this time we get a couple of tokens to go with it

  • Saturn

    All we need now is for it to be announced that the new Hellraiser isn’t really Hellraiser – it’s Hostel 4.

    • WALKTER

      I wish the next Hellraiser wasn’t the next Hellraiser, I got a bad feeling about that one.

      • Saturn

        As apposed to the last 5?

  • horrorknight8216

    Looks like they’re playing it safe again. 🙁

    Where’s the originality? Sure it looks kinda flash and cool, but what else is there? Guy is looking for his sister, things go wrong. Okay. How very original to stand on the shoulders of something that broke new ground. Come on, man. I loved Evil Dead (2013) because it looked good, but did it break new ground or start a horror revolution? Think not. I doubt this will even come close to Evil Dead.

    And yes, I will see it only because I support all horror that’s big enough to get theater play. Now, after seeing it, will I support it within the horror genre? We’ll see, but my gut is telling me it is NOT the next big thing.

  • I don’t understand, what about the movie is game changing? Not trying to be a hater, I just don’t understand I guess. Found footage isn’t new, twists and the unexpected aren’t new, reboots aren’t new? Am I genuinely missing something?

    • Rich Howard

      The trailer makes it looks exactly like the first one…

  • zombie84_41

    LOL I call bullshit. I remember when people were saying the witch was a game changer and scary as all hell. I was so stoked to finally see a “scary” movie. What I get is an adult fairy tale about witches that bores you death. The first two BW’s weren’t good at all. But I do love the director and writer alot.

    • Maxime C

      It Follows, Housebound, The Witch : MOST hoverhyped movies that I’ve seen in a couple of years!

      • Chris Harris

        Some of my favorite horror movies I’ve seen in the past couple of years. Along with The Invitation. Different strokes.

      • Meisha’s Taint

        Those were all great. Do you think your own expectations are just to high? Maybe just go into the movie not expecting anything to much and you could enjoy them more. Those were all great movies.

        • Maxime C

          I think it’s just… i read too much reviens before watching the Movie hense Ithe high expectations !!
          I actually loved the screenplay for ItFollows and I’m…aware that they are way above most of the…successes we endure.

        • Jarek Draven

          ” Do you think your own expectations are just to high?”

          Gee… I don’t know why, when reviewers on sites like this (not to mention certain horror fans in forums, etc) hype the everloving bejeezus out of certain films, like they’re The Best Thing Ever. It builds a false expectation of serious greatness, and many end up disappointed.

          I completely get it, because it’s happened to me. “It Follows” was one of the most over-hyped of recent memory. Similarly over-hyped was “The Babadook,” which I thought was awful.

          On the other hand, I thought “The Witch” was pretty good, and “Housebound” was cute and entertaining. But I’ve also seen mixed and balanced reviews for both of those films. With “It Follows” and “The Babadook,” it seemed like all I heard was glowing praise for WEEKS straight, if not longer, and it was a while before others started speaking up and saying “Nah, it wasn’t for me, and didn’t live up to the hype.”

      • zombie84_41

        I like it follows as a horror movie I wouldn’t say it was horror nor scary at all. its a good film to watch. Is it awesome not even. Housebound I didn’t care for much either I thought it was lousy that was the Irish movie with the mentally challenge people who lived in the attic right ? if so that movie blew the last few mins was good. and The Witch I hate that movie so much. There was a few other films that people overhyped and were awful too.

        • Maxime C

          Housebound was from New Zealand but yeah, I think you talk about the right one hehe.

          • zombie84_41

            My bad sorry I get Irish and New Zealend accents mixed up always. But yeah I wasn’t to fond of that movie. Just watched a movie before that people were raving about called Darling it was pretty good I got to say. Very slow, but pretty solid.

          • Maxime C

            I’ll check it out. This title sounds familiar. Thank’s!

          • zombie84_41

            Anytime. Let me know what you think. It’s slow going but I thought it to be good.

          • Maxime C

            It Will be hard for me to find an Indian-Tamil film!!!

  • Darren Kerr

    The first two sentences of this review nearly put me off reading the rest of it.
    Talk about blowing your own fucking trumpet…

  • Kyle

    “This film will hurt people. It’s the emotional experience that transcends traditional narrative storytelling and ascends to a place of Nirvana.”

    Jeeesus christ. I guess it might have been possible to shoehorn more ridiculous hyperbole into this write-up, but then you wouldn’t want people to go suspecting that you might be a homer here. This reads like someone reviewing their buddy’s self-published horror novel on Amazon and calling them “the next Stephen King,” only like 10 times more pretentious and self-aggrandizing and clearly written by someone who thought they were the smartest guy in Film Theory 101. Still, it’s every bit as transparent.

    At first blush, the movie looks like it could be good, and Wingard has done enough good work to earn at least cautious optimism from those who may be skeptical. Even if the trailer shows way too much, and even if so much of what it shows seems to misunderstand that the original film’s appeal was in it’s quietness, mystery, and the fear of the unseen, there’s enough here to suggest a fun, spooky romp through the words and maybe even a refreshing level of character development in a found-footage flick.

    A genre-altering experience that transcends narrative storytelling, though? Child, please.

    Bloviating about how this film, admittedly made by friends of the website, is going to change the game, wreck and/or hurt people (or at least only people who are not frequent watchers of horror cinema, as you confusingly point out), and be the savior of the horror genre doesn’t make any of those claims come across as valid as much as it just kind of shows the writer’s ass. Folks will need to see this film to make their own determinations about its effectiveness (as they well should), but if they’re holding out for objective opinions from a reviewer with a modicum of credibility beforehand, they aren’t going to find that here.

    • Khy

      Brad forgot to add

      “This film will cure diseases and will be a miracle of the Gods to behold. Blair Witch will be the answer to life secrets that man have been wondering for centuries.”

      • Saturn

        Well I’ve just washed my underoonies and am preparing the donning of the head.

      • J Jett

        Khy, LOL! you crack me up! 🙂

    • J Jett

      Kyle, BEST.COMMENT/POST.EVER!! very very very well said! 🙂

  • Paul Paradis

    How did this so called reviewer get paid to overhype this movie?

    • Jeanna Storm

      Apparently from the same people who are finding a distributor for Phantasm: Ravager.

  • DarkBree

    I really hope this is a game-changer, we are in need!! Can’t wait for this!

  • disqus_uqr3Boh0Wp

    Any guesses as to how she ends up in the tunnel? My feeling is that the silly cow freaks down in the basement, spots a hole in the floor, and crawls through it.

  • diapers

    I’m not under the impression that the genre has been in a funk. Not at all.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    i hope so because the idea that this movie is related to the Blair witch instead of being an original movie is stupid

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    Paranormal Activity is crap, so how much can i trust this reviewer?

    • SugarShane333

      He’s known for over selling how good movies are, and you can usually tell which ones he’s dead set on.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    so is this found footage?

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    well that was a vague review, i hope is good because these sequels/remakes are boring

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    the trailer looks good actually, i really hope that SPOILERS MAYBE it doenst turns out that the sister is possesed or is the Blair Wicth or some crap like that because it is too obvious END OF SPOILERS MAYBE

  • Rose

    When I was like 8 and saw blair with for the first time my older brother convinced me it was filmed in the forest in sweden we lived in at the time. Needless to say I was scared to go back for years until I rewatched

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Well color me shocked. Count me in I’m super stoked for this one!!!!

  • turk

    That wasn’t a review. That was a sales pitch.

  • Superman

    I was horrified by TBWP. This will have to be VERY different and VERY good to top it, assuming that’s even possible. This “review” reads as a paid endorsement, BTW.

    • SugarShane333

      He did the same thing with It Follows, and until it released this site had at least two to three repetitive articles a day about it.

  • EUGENE

    No offense but your credibility is sh*the especially since you have had to admit your involvement in many of the movies you review. In the past few years you hype multiple movies only to disavow support once they hit the theaters and readers can see it is just shit. I highly doubt this movie will change the game or be so incredible you said that about 10 films already this year. It is so obvious studios are paying you big bucks to lie. I only follow to here about new movies I stopped trusting you guys. This movie looks like typical jump scare shit. For a movie to really change the game it has too be a new story and new idea. This sh*t is neither.

    • Khy

      There’s no such thing as a new idea, idiot.

      • Jeanna Storm

        Wow, now the shills get nasty!

  • GameOverAUS

    the likes of Anabelle/Insidious, The Conjuring series are doing great things for the horror/scare the shit out of alot of people genre. Found footage films is not scary, it’s what happens with the implied action that’s scary, that has nothing to do with shitty handy cam style production nor a game changer

  • Frank Lloyd Jr

    C’mon, y’all. Stop quote whore shaming Mr. D. He’s just trying to hook us up with some quality entertainment and if he can make a few bucks along the way, what’s the harm?

    • Jeanna Storm

      No prob if he were hooking us up with quality entertainment. But this movie is shit in a can.

  • Tremors

    Anyone else tired of Miska making claims like these only to act like he never did after the movie comes out? I mean he got 2 quotes in the trailer for fucks sake. When only 2 or 3 reviewers have quote worthy things to say, the movie probably isn’t near as good as they’re acting like it is. BD has become a site for morons and plebs and the comments on the articles are looking more and more like Aint It Cool articles with people making fun of Knowles for continuing while having no integrity or dignity left. That’s where you are now Brad. You’re the critic version of a demagogue. I will see this movie, not because of this article, but because of Adam Wingard. Bloody Disgusting’s involvement and obnoxious lauding worries me though.

    • Michael Bourke

      I remember when this site seemed to be trul independent, ahhh I miss those days

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    trailer looks like a very improved version of the first film

  • I Am Colossus

    After watching the trailer, i had to stop reading half way through. Im actually looking forward to this

  • nrkist

    Wow. This is very surprising. Wingard and Barrett released something and BD gushed over it. This has been par for the course since they went in on VHS and Miska tried to hide his attachment. Miska is connected to this as well?

    A Blair Witch reboot. You can’t get lazier. Like…you really can’t.

    Nice one Brad.

    • Khy

      It’s not a reboot.

  • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

    its amazing how every film he is financially involved in is amazing and groundbreaking, eh?

    • Khy

      Amazing and groundbreaking for his bank account

      • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

        truly amazingly amazing, too.

  • Overton Green

    I try not to be an irrational Mr. D hater but I can’t take these type of reviews seriously. I use to really respect his opinion on reviews years ago but the last few years the reviews have been pretty bad. Over hyping films the site has financial ties too only for the films to be utter garbage.

    Comparing anything to the impact that The Exorcist had on the genre feels loaded. It’s virtually impossible that this film has that type of impact.

    I am one of the people that loved The Blair Witch Project, and saw it multiple times when it released 17 years ago.

    I just struggle to believe a sequel coming nearly two decades later will change the game. I mean I can’t think of any horror movie sequel that has ever been a game changer, and I seriously doubt this movie is going to be that. If nothing more than the hatred that many have for the FFF genre.

    I know people that won’t even consider watching FFF because they just hate the platform, and can’t get their head wrapped around the fact that people are actually intent on holding a camera to film everything while they are running for their lives.

    • steadymobb

      I completely agree

    • Will Schuster

      Aliens and Friday the 13th Part 2 beg to differ.

      • Overton Green

        Neither one of those films are game changers. Friday the 13th Part 2 went full blast copy mode of Halloween. Friday The 13th was already a Halloween rip off cash grab…then part 2 went full blown masked, stalking slasher.

        Aliens was also not a game changer. It’s a great sequel but it didn’t do anything to change the genre of sci-fi action/horror.

    • JeffCStevenson

      Totally agree. When I saw the ads for “The Woods” claiming it was the scariest movie ever made and people were running through the woods screaming…I was like, “Meh.” Now that it’s BLAIR which I loved, I was thinking, “Oh, WHY are they doing this?” MORE screaming in the woods? Can’t they come up with an original idea?? Of course, I’ll go because I’m curious, but still…

  • Someone or Other

    >both V/H/S movies

    EVEN THE PRODUCERS ARE TRYING TO FORGET VIRAL EXISTS.

  • korey boney

    I hate these types of movies, I remember when the first movie came out, everyone was saying how scary it was. I remember seeing it and being like wtf is this sh!t?!? I was more frustrated than anything. It was just a bunch of shaky cam and people running. I remember keep saying damn b!tch, keep the camera still, and a lot of sh!t was going on, and it ended with a girl staring at a f[rick]ing wall. I was like what the hell did I just watch?!? The people who made that movie were high as f[rick]!!

    • JimmyNice

      I’ve always said people loved it or hated it. If your could’t put yourself there and let your imagination run with it… you loved. I mean you had actors who in many parts weren’t acting scared, they were genuinely terrified. I totally fed into that. It was a small theatre… opening night before the hype for it went over the top. That theatre was terrified… you could hear the whole audience collectively sigh with relief each time night was over and it was daylight again. on the 3rd night in the film a girl in front of us started crying and muttering “Idon’tlikethisIdon’twanttobehere” … it was so awesome. I had friend who didn’t want to stay at houses that were in the country or to drive though the woods for weeks afterwards. I saw it twice more in theatres and by the 3rd time, the hype was huge… it was in the biggest theatre instead of the smallest and the shakey cam seemed even worse on the biggest screen and there were lots of people going “I don’t get it… it wasn’t scarey”. Just 2 different kinds of people…some who could get into it… and some who couldn’t

      • Jeanna Storm

        So then you’re into watching terrified people? So you’re a sadist? Or, you are trying so hard to pump this movie that you don’t even know how creepy you sound?

        • JimmyNice

          lol… I was watching it with another horror movie friend… I loved it because we were ALL scared, myself included and it added a whole other depth to the film.

          I do have to say, this was the original film… not the new one so I’m not trying to hype anything.

  • Nate Johnson

    i hope they show the damn Witch this time

    • JimmyNice

      I loved the original because they didn’t show it. Your imagination on the unknown is scarier to me then some cgi or rubber monster.

  • Halloween_Vic

    You know what I got from the trailer tho? I don’t think it’s a witch I think it’s Aliens. The trailer gave me a sense of aliens like some type of extraterrestrial being(s) are behind all of this, which would be awesome. Either way I can’t wait for this to come out and I can’t wait to see what’s behind this and if it is a actual witch or aliens. I’m so dammm excited!!!!

  • CrabbyLion

    Wait what?! The ending was freaking perfect!!!!!

  • JeffCStevenson

    “It’s impossible to know when the next big thing is coming, but I always know it when I see it.”

    Huh? That doesn’t make any sense.

    But as for the rest of your review, saying a film is going to “hurt” and “destroy” people is going to set horror fans up for a huge disappointment. (If you think those are good things!)

    That’s exactly what happened in the original–which I loved–it was hyped to the max so many were disappointed. Same with the EVIL DEAD remake.

    So I wish horror film reviewers would tamp it down a LOT and not scream that it’s the “scariest movie ever made” or “scary as hell.” It only destroys the experience for film fans. A simple, “This is recommended” is almost preferred to swearing a film will scar me for life.

    • Jarek Draven

      “Huh? That doesn’t make any sense.”

      Sure it does. If I leave the room and tell you I’ll return at some random point (maybe 5 minutes from now, maybe 5 days) will you know when I’m coming? Will you be able to anticipate the exact time of my arrival? However, once I walk into the room, you’ll know I’m there, because you’ll see me. It’s impossible to know when I’m coming, but you’ll know me when you see me..

      As for the hurt/destroy business, he did clarify “Blair Witch won’t affect seasoned horror fans (as much).”

      That said… I wasn’t a huge fan of the original. (Though the Evil Dead remake was awesome, IMO). But I completely agree that hype is ruining some of these films for some of us viewers. There are a lot of horror films I think I might have enjoyed more, if I hadn’t been expecting something AMAZING due to rave reviews and massive amounts of hype.

      But I have enjoyed some of Wingard and Barrett’s stuff, so hopefully it will be decent.

      • Jeanna Storm

        Another shill.

  • The conspiractor

    Maybe next time get someone who isn’t inside of the creators’ asshole up to his elbow to write a piece. Also, the Blair Witch Project was terrible. The scary reveal? A dude standing in a corner. Like I’ve said before, I’ve taken scarier midnight trips to the bathroom than that!

  • FlawedCynic

    I loved the first and am looking forward to this. I know some whom have seen early screenings and have given it very positive reviews, even people who disliked or hated the first one. One more week folks!

  • Korastus

    I know a number of people who were at an advance screening last night, and I haven’t heard a single good thing about this film from even one of them.

  • Deutschland2014

    This film looks like SHITE! You’ll probably find glowing reviews on BD
    and Dread Central. Not a big surprise. You have to wonder if any of
    these guys are in the pockets of the bigger ups. Giving solid reviews to
    trash films. Who can you trust anymore?

    • John Rivet

      A lot of people are enjoying, trolls like you should just go back to where they came from.

      • Jeanna Storm

        John, a shill can’t accuse others of trolling.

  • Ryan Kuck

    Saw this at a Sneak Preview last night. I really enjoyed! It wasn’t a game changer by any means and it will definitely not wreck anyone. However, if you enjoyed the original TBWP, you should have a great time with this. The final third of the film was pretty intense and I squirmed a ton! I don’t feel as though this film merits a review like this, but it is very solid and it is fun and it deserves the support of horror fans everywhere!

    • Andrew Lyall

      Saw it last night and think your comments are fair.

  • Darnell

    Saw it last night. What a freaking joke of a film this was.

    • John Rivet

      Nah this will be amazing.

      • Jeanna Storm

        John, seriously?

  • Andre

    saw it. it was okay. But I’m still waiting to be wrecked and destroyed

  • Tinsley Proust

    Much betterthan the first one, in my opinion. (I hated the original; some of the most irritating characters i can think of) Definitely scary, but “scarred for life” is an enormous overstatement.

  • Jeanna Storm

    MOST CONCENTRATED BULLSHIT EVER CONTAINED IN ONE PARAGRAPH. “Some will laud it, others will loathe it, but make no mistake: Blair Witch is that game-changer horror fans desperately have been waiting for. It will usher in a new breed of genre films that are targeted at creating an emotional experience above all else. “Scary” is probably an understatement as this may just be the first film since The Exorcist that will leave younger audiences scarred for life.”

    • Tim W

      ‘Emotional experience’.. please. There was so much potential for that in this film, James should have been broken with grief going into the forest where his sister dissapeared, rather than all smiles and giggling at Peter’s jokes. There wasn’t even a sense of tragedy established by the two siblings dying in the same godforsaken house. If only the film had have been like the review, rather than the review being a pack of lies and the film being a half-hearted cluster fuck of misjudged bullshit.

  • Sweet Reaper

    The only thing that I learned from this is that Mr.D needs remove himself from everything to do with the horror genre as he has absolutely no idea what the hell he is talking about when it comes to anything to do with the genre. I realize that people have their own opinions as to what is good or not but this dude has a serious track record of praising terrible movies. Mr.D please find another hobby, I suggest knitting.

  • Maker

    I feel like the horror genre in general has been on a long hiatus for some time now. I mean is this what we have to look forward to? Crummy remakes and sequels? It just seems like horror has become the most neglected film genre today. Where are today’s horror geniuses who will reinvent the genre? It really needs fresh new ideas. Not this shit. It’s all become too predictable.

    • B Robert

      Agreed. Ive been more a fan of the silly gorey horror like dead snow 2, and foreign horrors especially eastern european ones or asian ones like recently train to busan…come to think of it, the best horror films in last decade are generally foreign made

      • B Robert

        Also to add a semi-fifth thingy: more specific satirical horror films

  • Weresmurf

    I wonder if Mr Disgusting ever felt the temptation to delete this shill of a review…

  • mediocre movie.
    They just remade the original, but turning a psychological horror into Jump scare movie. Book of Shadows have more soul and thought put in there than this.

  • B Robert

    Wow. Usually bloody disgusting is a pretty decent source of horror tastes and good reviewers. Sad to read this. Why its sad merits no explanation. That is all.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    this is one of the biggest written pieces of BS in the whole internet, i just saw the movie

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    also, it is predictable since the first minute

  • LOX TO THE DEATH

    Your website is really only used for news on upcoming films it’s sad that you lost all credibility by selling your soul for a quick buck horror fans are the most honest bout what they like you dont give a shit i was watching the sausage factory youtube show and the whole room was laughing/pissed off at how you promote films that you invest/get paid to big up.You clearly dont give a shit as long as people fall for the click-bait which is the traffic provider for now but let me tell ya The Source magazine ran hip hop for a long long time but as soon as it started giving out better reviews of albums because the owner was involved with them all credability and integrity went out the window no one wanted to hear their thought on anything as they never knew if it was the truth or a business angle and within a couple years the company went bankrupt.Keeping your respect with people is worth more in the long run than lying for couple quick dollars extra.

  • Jim Stafford

    Very disappointed to read this hyperbolic puff piece again, especially as it (and other reviews) led to me watching the movie in the first place.

    I’m not going to slam the film, it’s absolutely fine, and I think Wingard is great overall, but this review bears so little resemblance to what’s on screen, it’s not even funny.

    Basically the same as the first film (though without the sense of realism created by the improvised aspects of that movie), every shot/moment worth a damn has been crammed into the trailer. Literally. There’s nothing else in the long form film except padding.

    If this is the state of horror journalism in a post-Spiderbaby world, then I fear for the future of the genre.

  • 999SickBoy666 .

    Hahahahaha ;-D

    This “review” is pure gold – a great piece of internet comedy if I’ve ever read one. Click-baiting-wise, however, I think a wiser move would have been to use a title such as: “‘Blair Witch’ pays us big money to outright lie about it”.

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