Misunderstood Movies Part II: Joe Berlinger’s “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2”

protectedimage.phpWe all have them, movies that we absolutely love and will defend to our dying day. Some people call them guilty pleasures, I call them movies misunderstood by the masses. You know, movies we love even more because we know how misunderstood they are to most everybody else on the planet. I’m talking about movies that you may be embarrassed to say you not only like, but think are absolutely brilliant when confronting the mass populace of differing opinions and the harsh words of many well respected critics.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is a perfect example of a movie that has been grossly misunderstood by both a large number of critics and general audiences alike. Follow the jump to see why I feel this movie has been so misunderstood.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 – Director Joe Berlinger (2000)

blair-witch-2-book-of-shadows-2000-_138144-fli_1372174328Rottentomatoes Rating: Critic – 13%, Audience – 23% // IMDB Rating – 3.9

Just 15 months after the enormous success of The Blair Witch Project (1999), a trailblazer in the realm of found footage horror films whose wake is still being heavily surfed in today, comes an already accomplished documentary director (Joe Berlinger) and his destined to fail attempt at expanding the Blair Witch universe. I say destined to fail because it seems the moment Berlinger changed how we view the film’s reality from that of first-person hand-held to that of the more traditional “God’s eye” point of view that the door to negative criticism flew open.

Here’s the thing though, once on board with the somewhat more “traditional” shooting style it’s easier to get lost within all the genuine scares and smart twists. But appreciating one’s sequel for the vastly different filming technique than its predecessor is not reason enough to love a film. It has to have a great storyline, adequate acting, believable character motives, and most importantly, when dealing within the realm of horror, it has to raise at least a few hairs on the back of my neck. Book of Shadows does all these things with ease, and to some degree it even does them better than the first one.

Hey haters, now that it’s been over 13 years since the flood of hate has been unfairly flung open on this genuine thrill ride, don’t you think it’s time for a revisit. Watch it alone, in the dark, and preferably in the woods, if you dare.


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