| Original Score: 2/4
| Original Score: D
Even formula-slasher-pic fans are likely to find this hectic, unfocused effort a letdown.
The results should hold your interest, but they're hardly bewitching.
| Original Score: D-
A plausible premise, visual tricks and a little blood don't help this sequel to rise above largely formulaic territory.
The real problem here may be that Blair Witch 2 was made simply -- and only -- because Blair Witch made a lot of money.
Feels like a big teaser for next year's Blair Witch 3.
For all its clever notions, Book of Shadows often seems more like a montage of pasted-together images than a coherent horror story.
Though BW2 eschews the first film's jumpy visuals, its erraticism as a narrative is even worse.
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.
The execution isn't quite up to the movie's ambition.
Creating a movie that virtually everyone can hate is no small accomplishment. But filmmaker Joe Berlinger may just have pulled it off.
The inevitable sequel, Blair Witch 2: Book Of Shadows is upon us. Woe betide us all.
A muddled if appealing failure.
Book of Shadows isn't going to scare anyone except the bean counters at Artisan who are counting on a big financial return.
| Original Score: 1/4
It's better made than the original, and its writing contains a subtlety and wit the original film lacked.
A peerless indignity, a club-footed vomit launch of teen-horror clichés, overproduced self-importance, and scareless gore.
Sadly, Artisan gave [Berlinger] little time to develop an interesting movie.
Missing from the mix are any characters with whom you'd want to spend one minute around a campfire.
The movie's various subplots, flashbacks and hallucinations are tripping all over each other.
If you're going to direct a piece of crass, nonsensical junk, at least have the decency to release it straight to video, where it belongs.
Ambitious but lame.
Not a very lucid piece of filmmaking.
[The] tendency to cannibalize and sample from other horror flicks, made popular by the Scream series, is worse than dull. It's parasitic.
The only thing vaguely demonic here is the ease with which a movie as scary and original as The Blair Witch Project can be downloaded into oblivion and compressed into this week's product.
| Original Score: C-
It's not the first horror movie to end up making no sense, but it may be the first that actually appears proud of the accomplishment.
Intelligent, inventive, worried and surprising.
| Original Score: 3/4
A pale shadow of the diabolically clever piece of video hocus-focus that was The Blair Witch Project.
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.
Just another bad horror film with inadequate young actors chased around a big house by something.