WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS (R)) Artisan
Carraro, Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
Berlinger & Dick Bebee
Skylar, Stephen B. Turner, Jeffrey Donovan,
Kim Director, Erica Leerhsen, Lanny
out of 5
WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS is a psychological
suspense that combines the comedy of SCREAM
and the fear of THE EXORCIST to produce
a piece of intelligent filmmaking.
the success of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
movie, a young, entrepreneurial Burkettsville
man sets up a Blair Witch tour guide service
(Blair Witch-Hunt) in hopes of cashing
in on the movieís success. His inaugural
tour group (a Wiccan, a "Goth chick,"
and girlfriend and boyfriend aspiring
filmmakers) heads into the Black Hills
forest to camp where notorious child killer
Rustin Parr claimed the Blair Witch told
him to commit murders. The next morning,
after a long night of campside partying,
the campers awake unaware of what went
on the five hours prior, as they have
no memory of going to sleep. Could this
be the effects of the previous nightís
drug and alcohol indulgence or something
they would rather not consider ó a supernatural
occurrence? When they return to town,
they discover strange markings on their
bodies, experience delusions, and begin
to exhibit frightening behavior. Is there
a chance they did not leave the woods
alone? Discerning the real from the imagined
becomes increasingly difficult in the
groupís efforts to figur out what happened
in those five lost hours.
THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT seemed to receive
a love it or hate it reaction, I would
like to establish that I am a fan of the
first film. I loved the experience and
the startlingly amateurish indie feel
of the film. Those that had more of a
"hate it" reaction, however,
will find comfort in knowing that the
sequel offers something entirely different.
At many levels, BW2 is not even close
to the same genre as the first film. Audiences
need not worry about the potentially nauseating
"shaky-cam," or the incessant
screaming and whining of the cast. Instead
of approaching the film in the faux-documentary
style of the original, Berlinger opts
for a more commercialized production ó
complete with special effects and enough
blood and guts footage to leave you ducking
emphasize that audiences should not expect
to see a horror, but a psychological suspense.
The only truly horrifying aspect of the
film is the atrocious acting. What I find
to be most appealing about the film is
that Berlinger gives the audience a "choose
your own adventure" ending. When
all is said and done, you are left to
decide whether the psychological or the
supernatural is culpable for the culmination
a pal and pay full price for both tickets.
worth a full-price ticket.
worth a matinee ticket.
for video rental.
out the video from the library, if you
I would never encourage anyone to destroy