Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

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Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 ★½ Blair Witch 2 2000 (R)

Thankfully, they've gotten rid of the shaky-cam (which shook more than a few viewers' stomachs), that's one plus for this sequel that finds five followers of the Blair Witch myth heading back into the woods. Unfortunately, they've also gotten rid of the scares produced by mysterious offs-creen witchy shenanigans and replaced them with buckets of fake blood. This group is led by Jeff (Donovan), a townie who's decided to cash in on the Blair Witch craze by organizing tours of the sites made famous in the first movie. Grad students Tristen (Skyler) and Stephen (Turner), practicing Wiccan Erica (Lee-rhsen) and goth-chick Kim (Director), have fun skewering the movie and its internet movement while partying on the first night. The next day they realize they've lost five hours of their lives. They try to discover what happened, and if it has anything to do with another tour group getting disem- boweled. Disappointing fictional debut from documentary director Berlinger, who filmed the truly horrific (and true) “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills.” The townspeople of Burkitts-ville, Maryland were so fed up with the first film that the second was filmed elsewhere. 90m/C VHS, DVD . Jeffrey Donovan, Kim Director, Tristen Skylar, Stephen Barker Turner, Erica Lee-rhsen; D: Joe Berlinger; W: Joe Berlinger, Dick Beebe; C: Nancy Schreiber; M: Carter Burwell. Golden Raspberries '00: Worst Remake/Sequel.