Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) is an American mystery psychological thriller horror movie that is a sequel to The Blair Witch Project (1999). Director Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004), Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996), Brother’s Keeper (1992)) failed miserably at executing this movie. I am not even sure why they made Blair Witch 2 since The Blair Witch Project (1999) was okay, but not much to talk about. The movie contains major sexual content, nudity, gore, violence, drug use, bad language and a daunting storyline. They overdid it with the sexual scenes.
Stephen (Stephen Barker Turner - Seducing Charlie Barker (2010), The Warrior Class (2007), Satellite (2006)) and his wife Tristen (Tristine Skyler - Getting to Know You (1999), Cadillac Man (1990), All My Children (1970)) went to Burkittsville, Maryland. Pregnant Tristen is on a trip to research the Blair Witch for a book she is writing. Stephen and Tristen met with wiccan Erica, psychic Kim and tour guide Jeffrey in November of 1999 to start their expedition. The group’s first stop was at the ruins of Rustin Parr’s house, and that is where they spent the night. The group woke up the next morning and cannot remember what happened the night before. Tristen and her husband woke up to find all of their research shredded. All the camera’s Jeffrey (Jeffrey Donovan - Burn Notice (2007), Hitch (2005), Changeling (2008)) placed around to capture strange occurrences while they were sleeping is destroyed. The group found the tapes which were not destroyed in the same spot the Blair Witch Project tape was found. As everyone is puzzled and tries to make sense of the situation, Tristen notices that she has miscarried.
After a few events, the group went to Jeffrey’s home that is mysteriously in the woods. Jeffrey lives in an old broom factory that has many surveillance cameras and entrance that has a bridge with a trench. The group start going through whatever footage they have and found lot of hours to be missing. Things start to go bad, and Erica (Erica Leerhsen - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007), Mozart and the Whale (2005)) resorted to praying. Who is responsible for all the horrible things that are about to happen to the group?
The set was creepy and gave the movie the visuals of a scary movie. The acting was not good, and the storyline lacks jump scares. There were loud noises that does not fit well into the movie and then sudden appearances of ghostly figures that did not contain the spook factor. I would not recommend this movie for horror fans and non-horror fans to watch. The only connection I felt towards any of the characters was when Tristen miscarried.
About Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2 (2000)
Starring: Rick Kain, Julie Mabry, Erica Leerhsen, Martin Pfefferkorn, Andy Richter, Erik Jensen, Lanny Flaherty, Heidi Burger, Pete Burris, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Raynor Scheine, Joe Berlinger, Jay Leno, Heather Donahue, Tony Tsang, Roger Ebert, Kurt Loder, Anja Baron, Karen Tsen Lee, Chuck Scarborough, Kevin Murray, Conan O'Brien, Bruce D. Reed, Keira Naughton, Craig Campbell, Jeffrey Donovan, Lauren Hulsey, Brian Dragonuk, Ed Sala
Director: Joe Berlinger
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