This sequel had fallen under criticism for a wide range of reasons, the most pertinent being that it is completely dissimilar from the original in almost every way and that it still doesn't show the witch even though it takes a much more Hollywood approach to filmmaking. Now, I'm not here to tell you that this is a great movie, but it is definitely an interesting film for a number of reasons. After a brief introduction back into the world of Burkittsville via the media explosion following the release of the original film, we find a tour group heading out to the woods to follow the trail of the unfortunate teens that disappeared. What begins as an innocent enough trip turns into a series of hallucinatory nightmares, as each of the members begin having macabre visions of ghosts and murder. It is impossible to draw the line between reality and fantasy at any point throughout the film, but unlike most times when this technique is used for cheap scares that must be retracted in order for the plot to progress, the strange diversions here add to the mystery and intrigue of the acid trip unfolding on screen. The plot is anything but linear, and honestly I still don't have the faintest idea what the story is about or what the filmmaker's original intentions were, however I stay confused enough the entire time to be fully involved for fear of missing something important. Most other aspects of the film most closely reflect the teen Horror entries of the late 90s, but what it doesn't resemble at all is BLAIR WITCH. This one is worth checking out if only to see what the antithesis of a ground-breaking Independent film can be when it is followed by an unbridled big-budget Hollywood sequel with no direction or reason.
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