Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

   

Directed by: Joe Berlinger

Written by: Dick Beebe & Joe Berlinger

Starring:

Kim Director .... Kim Diamond
Jeffrey Donovan .... Jeffrey Patterson
Erica Leerhsen .... Erica Geerson
Tristine Skyler .... Tristen Ryler
Stephen Barker Turner .... Stephen Ryan Parker
Lanny Flaherty .... Sheriff Cravens

Special Appearances:

Kurt Loder .... Himself
Chuck Scarborough .... Himself

Release Date: Quick Theatrical: October 27, 2000

 

Rating:

 

There is an event called a Blair Witch Hunt tour lead by a man from Burkittsville.
A group of college students at the Boston College are fans of the original Blair Witch movie decides to take the tour out at the Black Hills of Burkittville, Maryland to see if they find anything unusual after the disappearance of those 3 students in 1994.
One of them owns a shack which is filled with camera equipment in the woods. They see hallucinations of ghosts and other weird events.
Some of the students behave unusual and something supernatural has come with them which leads to numerous cases of murder and insanity.

 

In this sequel things looked interesting as there's some good camcorder takes on locals discussing the 3 students that disappeared as well as interesting clips on news reporters too as I found this necessary to be put in the film to make it a true sequel even if these people aren't convincing.
There's a scene that's very painful to watch taking place in a psych ward with a doctor shoving a tube in Jeffrey Peterson's nose. You're guaranteed to cringe and look away. This moment looked genuinely twisted in every way.
Good camera shots focusing on Jeffrey sitting in a chair acting still with the Sheriff questioning him as this leaves a mystery as to what the story unfolds from having a feeling the terror has happened and go from the start of everything.
There's a nice opening shot with a camera zooming over a bunch of autumn tree's in a big forest.
Then when the story begins there's the gang going into the woods with great shots on Kim Diamond doing her stuff at a bonfire as well as Erica Geersen doing her wiccan spells looking peaceful. Plus some of the friends video tape one another as it leaves a nice toush on a somewhat found footage take although it doesn't carry on like that for the rest of the story that unfolds in this flick.
The next day after they wake up everyone realises that their stuff has been trashed which leaves great tension on what to do making things more mysterious to watch. It makes you wonder if the evil Blair Witch spirits are behind this mess. Plus a shocking moment when a pregnant woman Tristen Ryler has a miscarriage and later on is a basket case after everyone carries on their mission the next day. This certainly was an attention grabber showing someone whom is dysfunctional and not being the same since this devastating incident.
There's a nice hallucination sequence between Erica and Stephen Ryan Parker associating with one another and then making out with each other which looked quite natural and then Erica clawing him which makes you wonder what the hell is going on here. It made me think that maybe this was a hallucination sequence.
There's a good shot on town locals staring at the camera rolling in and acting sleazy and mocking by a corner store towards Kim Diamond. This certainly shows that the locals there aren't very welcoming which works in well.
A nice shot on Erica acting sleazy half naked walking away from the small bridge leading to the shack. Leaves a ghostly feel towards all of this and making you wonder as to what the hell she is doing.
The group of friends take a look at the found footage on what happened to their place before everything got scrapped with good shots on all the gang caught on camera doing some crazy things by destroying their stuff at their bonfire and doing chants etc. There are also nice scenes like Erica dancing around the forest caught on camera. This for sure looked twisted and making you think that these people were either possessed doing this or a ghost playing tricks on them.
With the friends at a hideout in the woods looked entertaining to watch as well as them losing their sanity as well as Tristan losing it big time along with more hallucinations on ghostly moments here and there.
Then near the end the police show found footage of what happened and boy is it twisted by revealing them doing killings and stuff like that which was supposed to take place in what we previously watched but these people were innocent. More Blair Witch tricks. Very psychological while watching all of this unfold.
Bottom line: This sequel bombed big time at the box office as well as to the fans plus there was a prequel planned but that was dropped due to the poor ratings of this one. You may call me kooky, but I really enjoyed this film. It was campy fun. It was alot of fun too but can't make the film as scary like the found footage one was.
I am extremely disappointed that the prequel was dropped as I really wanted to know the whole story behind Blair Witch.
I can understand why fans were upset with this sequel though as it never had that same effectiveness like the first one did.
Yet the story doesn't explain itself too well towards the end as you wonder if it was ghosts doing these tricks on the students or were they possessed and did them but thinking they were inncocent with the madness the were arrested for doing at the end of the film.

The acting is not too bad but nowhere as believeable like in the first one. I liked Kim Director's (Kim Diamond) role as a Wiccan who was heavily into the gothic side of things as she makes a perfect presence to her part. Does well having an attitude towards a store clerk when trying to pay for her beer. Also did a natural job crying while watching the footage of what she did both of them denying they did what they saw themselves do.
Jeffrey Donovan (Jeffrey Patterson) didn't seem to do much for me as the head of the researchers although he did seem okay as a typical young adult trying to getting any info as much as possible.
Stephen Barker Turner (Stephen Ryan Parker) is perfect with his serious and tense attitude throughout the film and has the perfect looks for the part to top it all off. A great reaction on him grabbing onto the bridge when it collapses with him freaking out. Was great freaking out after seeing the footage on tape of what happened toward the end of the film.
Erica Leerhsen
(Erica Geerson) shows her stuff well as a peaceful looking wiccan and then is great with her twisted obsessions and sleaziness too. She was great in a scene just losing it and then rocking back and fourth bow legged doing a wiccan chant over and over again.
Tristine Skyler (Tristen Ryler) seemed to have a real effective supporting role as a fellow who had a miscarriage and was believeable by acting depressed and being a typical basket case throughout all of this. She also was great crying or freaking out.
However supporting actor Lanny Flaherty (Sheriff Cravens) is a little too melodramatic as the county sheriff which kinda ruins the story a bit. But he wasn't overly terrible and came well off on the camera within whatever he did as well as having the right looks for this kind of role.

Erica Leerson is nude often. One scene she dances around outside in the woods.
Jeffrey Donovan
is briefly nude as well.

The gore is really fast as there's stabbings and chest slashings.
Also in the beginning a tube is shoved up a students nose as they pour liquid in it. Gross.

The music was composed by Carter Burwell as he has some good thumping and beating type sounds along with the odd wind effects. There's also a list of songtracks by gothic groups like Marilyn Manson as you hear his number "Disposable Teens" during the opening credits of the film which totally kicks ass.
We also get "Lie Down" by P.O.D.
"Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" by Queens of the Stone Age
"The Reckoning" by Godhead
"Haunted" by Poe
"Arc Arsenal" by At the Drive-In
"PS" by Project 86
"I'm a Doggy" by Marvin Pontiac
"Streamlined" by Sunshine
"Old Enough" by Nickelback
"Mind" by System of a Down.

Jeff: The gene pool is a little shallow here. Dive in and you'll crack your skull open.

Stephen: How many Heather Donahue's does it take to screw in a light bulb? Just one!

Stephen: How many Heather Donahues does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Jeff: How many?
Stephen: [imitating Heather's loud screaming from the first Blair Witch movie] Just one! Just one of them!

Erica: [Erica finds a cache of video cameras at Jeff's house] I thought all your cameras got trashed.
Jeff: Yeah, well, you can never have too many.
Stephen: Uh, Jeff, I think we've had enough videotaping for one weekend.
Erica: Yeah, dude. Tour's over.
Jeff: Well, maybe the tour's just begun, Erica, because you're walking into the official Blair store. Come on in, everybody. This is where it all begins. This is the epicenter of the Blair Witch Hunt website. Uh, let's see now... I got my sticks. You can touch these, they're for the stick men. Don't touch those, those are drying. What else?
Tristen: Jeff, did you collect these all in the Black Hills?
Jeff: Yeah, every single twig. Over here, we've got a rock formation. Oh, my God, who made that? Oh, I did earlier. Over here, we've got Parr ruins foundation dirt. That's a big item. I sell that. T-shirts, and sweatshirts and hats.
[hands Tristen a hat]
Jeff: Here, Tristen, that's for you. Gratis.
Tristen: I feel better.

Stephen: There was a Safeway a while back...
Jeff: That was in Burkittsville. I never shop in Burkittsville. I don't even piss there.

Jeff: We're all virgins on this tour bus!

Erica: May I have permission to take this leaf? Thank you!

Jeff: Ladies and gentlemen, that there is a naked woman!

Erica: We brought something back with us...

Kim: Look, either you ring this stuff up or I call your manager.
Girl: I am the manager!
Kim: Really, Well PEGGY! Could you tell the bitch, at the front register to do her goddamn job!!

Kim: I'm trying to find the energy...
Tristen: Of the grave?
Kim: To stand up. I'm exhausted, I've been on the road for two days straight.

Kim: They never should've let you out. You're a long way from sane.

Jeff Donovan: You know, there's a lot of nay Sayers who come and say nay.

Redneck: Hey Elvira, I've got something you can suck the blood outta.
Kim: Oh yeah? Whip it out.

Jeff: If you don't believe in the Blair Witch, then why the hell did you come along?
Kim: I thought the movie was cool.