"There is actually something concrete to be afriad of!"
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: I can honestly say that the sequel is better than its predecessor, but as a statement on its own, that does not mean much.I was not impressed with The Blair Witch Project, and I admit it had to do with the hype and following disappointment. And maybe that's what was so surprising about this: the absence of hype. Book of Shadows is spicier than the first; the actors are more developed, interesting, and additionally more appealing to look at. Of course the latter lacks relevance to the movie as a whole, but it's especially a bonus compared to the first. Anyhow, the array and diversity of the characters is also something new that was not in the original. This finds itself with a story that is insofar only connected by the name, while the screenplay widely acknowledges the previous movie as just a movie. Here, there is actually an element of creepiness. The story gives you something substantial or concrete to trepidate. It's nothing huge, but it was something Blair Witch lacked, with the minor exception of the last five minutes. One of the best offerings Book of Shadows had was the element of manipulation. It combined the mental state of delusion and group hysteria along with video manipulation. It's as cataleptic as the first, but in more of a satisfying way. However, the gimmicky compositions and shots and the convolution of time, as it skips randomly from here to there, is largely detrimental.
Erica Leerhson and Kim Director are intriguing to watch. Tristen Skyler is only transitorily their equivalent.Final Verdict: B-.