Like legislation and sausage-making Book of Shadows is not something you want to watch.
A plausible premise, visual tricks and a little blood don't help this sequel to rise above largely formulaic territory.
The execution isn't quite up to the movie's ambition.
The whole is less than the sum of its parts; it never actually coalesces into a movie.
| Original Score: 6/10
A peerless indignity, a club-footed vomit launch of teen-horror clichés, overproduced self-importance, and scareless gore.
The unknown actors do a fine job of looking freaked out at all times, but the compassion felt for the original Blair Witch victims isn't translated to these new adventurers.
If it's slicing and dicing you're after, the butchers at the Berkeley Bowl can give you a much more entertaining show and send you home with a spectacular cut of meat.
Unfortunately, Berlinger has chosen to 'go Hollywood' with his first theatrical feature, which plays more like Wes Craven's Scream 3 than what it should.
One wonders what Berlinger's intentions were as he clearly didn't set out to make the simple scary movie everyone wants and expects.
| Original Score: 0/4
Laced with just enough intelligence and originality to modestly recommend it.
I wasn't a fan of The Blair Witch Project, but it is a cinematic masterpiece of originality compared to its sequel.
| Original Score: 4/10
Sadly, Artisan gave [Berlinger] little time to develop an interesting movie.
Creating a movie that virtually everyone can hate is no small accomplishment. But filmmaker Joe Berlinger may just have pulled it off.
While Berlinger may indeed be a good documentarian, he seems woefully inept at coaching consistently professional-level performances from young actors in a fictional film.
A dull, pointless movie that only serves to cash in on the name of the first film.
A tedious experience.
The movie's various subplots, flashbacks and hallucinations are tripping all over each other.
Though BW2 eschews the first film's jumpy visuals, its erraticism as a narrative is even worse.
This is industrial Hollywood at its worst -- a studio throwing together a cheap, thoughtless, self-referential quickie that betrays virtually everything about the spirit of its predecessor.
MTV newshound Kurt Loder's wizened face is the first image in Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, and that's about as scary as this loser movie gets.