Blair Witch is the third installment of the Blair Witch Project franchise and serves as the direct follow-up to The Blair Witch Project (ignoring the continuity of Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows).

The film, which is framed as a friend’s documentary class project, follows the brother of the main character of the original movie trying to find his sister after new footage of her surfaces on the internet. He, along with a group of friends, go out into the woods with the people who found and uploaded the new footage to try to find his sister.

If you’ve seen the original film, then you can probably predict the first hour of this film. It’s very reminiscent of the original with some new additions. Some of them work (the drone which adds an extra level to the found footage genre) and some do not (the additional unneeded jump scares).

To be honest, I was beginning to feel let down while watching the first half of this movie. I anticipated it to be more frightening than the original, and when the two films were following the same story-line and tactics, the original was more frightening.

I expected a lot from director Adam Wingard. He has made some amazing films in his career and I felt like he could have done some memorable and terrifying things to the beginning of this movie. But, when the film entered its final stretch, it completely changed my mind.

The last 10-15 minutes were difficult to watch. Pure horror genius. What I could see through the cracks of my fingers while my hands covered my face left me speechless. I walked out of the theater freaked out by what I had just witnessed. That, propelled this movie from okay to great, redeeming itself for the first hour. The ending is why you need to see this movie.

by Ryan Horan

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