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Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2 (2000)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 91

This sequel to Blair Witch Project is all formula and no creativity, mechanically borrowing elements from the original and other horror movies.

6

Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 29

This sequel to Blair Witch Project is all formula and no creativity, mechanically borrowing elements from the original and other horror movies.

audience

18

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Average Rating: 2.1/5
User Ratings: 57,722

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Movie Info

Adventure and fantastical treasure await a young man on a quest to discover an ancient book whose contents hold the secret to life in this adventure tale from director Rob Reiner and scribe Zoe Green. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Horror

Jon Bokenkamp, Neal Marshall

Jan 1, 1998

$25.9M

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All Critics (125) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (91) | DVD (24)

Missing from the mix are any characters with whom you'd want to spend one minute around a campfire.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Ambitious but lame.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Not a very lucid piece of filmmaking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The real problem here may be that Blair Witch 2 was made simply -- and only -- because Blair Witch made a lot of money.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Really bad slasher sequel.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

I got a real kick out of "Book Of Shadows", "Razzies" or No "Razzies".

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This film was cranked out awfully fast.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

The arguing goes on and on, until you just want someone to die so you can go home already.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This film ranks on my personal lists of: Worst Sequels, Worst Movies, and Worst Examples of Film-making to Cash in on a Trend.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

[It] sounds a death knell for this overhyped marketing phenomenon, and not a moment too soon.

August 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

So much for the longevity of the Blair Witch franchise.

July 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

So who's ready for "The Blair Witch Reject"? Oops, that title's not fit for a marquee, said the producers. Let's call it, "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2."

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

I'll make it real simple: This movie is garbage.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This Witch smoothes over the on-the-cheap rough edges of the original, while venturing through those same woods basically down a path to nowhere.

March 24, 2001 Full Review
WBAI Web Radio

In ninety minutes of screen time, "Book of Shadows" doesn't provide a single moment of suspense or a single frightening scene.

March 15, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Sometimes Berlinger and Beebe can't settle on a tone.

January 1, 2000
Charlotte Observer

While Berlinger is acclaimed as a documentary filmmaker, his skills at fiction filmmaking is less than adequate.

January 1, 2000
Greenwich Village Gazette

Who could have guessed that by the final chapter of this Book of Shadows it isn't the characters who get lost in the woods; it's the filmmaker.

January 1, 2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A punishing leap backward.

January 1, 2000
San Francisco Examiner

Is it scary? Sad to say, no, not very often.

January 1, 2000
TNT's Rough Cut

Like legislation and sausage-making Book of Shadows is not something you want to watch.

January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2

Kim: Something happened to us in the woods... something evil. 

"The terror continues..."

Book of Shadows: The Blair Witch 2 has to be the worst horror sequel I have ever seen. It's worse than Jason X, it's worse than Halloween 3. In saying that, I'm also sort of happy in a way, that Book of Shadows was so terrible. If it had been even a slight success, there would have been a crazy amount of additional sequels dished out. As it is, this killed the sequels and we haven't been shown any for 12 years. Thank God. 

Book of Shadows took everything that was cool and terrifying about the original and threw it out the window. The first relied on its small budget as a way to scare. Instead of showing us all the details, they left it to our imagination. This one decides to show just about everything. They show us tons of blood, in a schizophrenic and hectic sort of way. We are shown hallucinations of what characters think is happening and everything seems like it is passing over everything else. It's like a 3 year old with a coloring book. Initially you can see what the picture is, but after they've scribbled on it with ten different colors in incoherent ways, all that's left is a mess. 

This takes place shortly after the hysteria of the first film. At the start we are shown clips of late night shows and critics speaking about the film. We are given a fake news broadcast that is showing us how everyone is overrunning the town of Burkittsville. Locals say it isn't true, and the sheriff tries to keep all the tourists out of the woods. One local takes it upon himself to cash in on the hysteria, creating the Blair Witch Hunt. He takes some tourists out to some spots and they party. They wake up remembering nothing. All their stuff is thrown about and they have weird marks on their flesh. They then retire to the locals house, which is a factory, in order to decode what has happened with their cameras.

Don't watch it. I love the first one, but this is just a waste of time. It adds nothing to the Blair Witch story and only serves as a film Artisan thought they could make some money off of. Once again, Thank God they didn't.
January 19, 2012
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Melvin White

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One of the absolute worst films I've ever seen. The saddest part is that I was among those poor, poor fools who actually paid to see this tripe in the theater.
January 8, 2009
flixsterman
Randy Tippy

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Good, but at times confusing. The ending is also rather abrupt. It's an interesting take on the media hype surrounding the first, but its success as social commentary is limited. Take it as another B-movie style tie in and it will satisfy you more.
Also, Kim Director. Wow.
November 4, 2008
newvogueravyn

Super Reviewer

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