VIDEO: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

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In another “You Asked For It” episode, the Fear Fan tackles one of the most allegedly odious horror sequels of all time, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. In this follow-up to the super-smash hit, the Fear Fan encounters unusual townsfolk, a burglar alarm that frankly could be worse, a thoroughly confused owl, and the cosmetic magic of Wicca.

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  • Guest

    Hey, is the guy with the goatee and Army coat Michael Weston from Burn Notice? He come up a ways. Also, First! (Always wanted to do that.)

    • fearfanforever

      Yup! I originally thought of including a ‘where are they now’ segment at the end, but dropped it because of time constraints. Hey, he may not have made it in horror, but at least he gets to work with Bruce Campbell!
      Also, you’re the first to say first on one of my videos so… DOUBLE FIRST!

  • Zorha

    Brian Hampton asked you to watch this cinematic abortion … and you call him a … friend?

    That was just … painful … >.<

    • fearfanforever

      Stockholm syndrome’s a bitch, ain’t it?

  • Cristiona

    Edited by lawnmower indeed. I watched Cecil’s take on it, and thought it would be an amazing and creepy film. But that’s because he talked about how it should have been. Seeing the absolute mess that the studio left it via your review… ouch. I can see why it tanked.

    Here’s hoping they release a director’s cut of this. It would change so many minds, I’m sure.

    • fearfanforever

      Yeah, there are a few distinct glimmer’s of genius here and there throughout the movie, and the more you watch it, the more you notice.
      For example, during their phone conversation, Sheriff Craven’s isn’t actually on screen, and suddenly appears when he TELLS them he’s on screen. Makes you wonder if the call was a hallucination, real, or some bizarre combination of the above.

  • RockyDmoney

    So the point you seem to be missing is that this movie is set in the “real world” not the world of the first movie. In this movie the first blair witch was also a movie and this is dealing with the hype created by it

    • fearfanforever

      No, I get that, which is why I made numerous references in the episode to the Blair Witch Project being released into theaters, the fact that the townspeople were affected by the release of the BWP, the fact that two of the writers are making a book about the BWP, and why several of my jokes related directly to the fact that some of the characters seem to have not even SEEN the movie, despite the fact that it exists as a movie in their ‘real world’ universe.
      That said, DESPITE the fact that the Blair Witch Project was a film within the context of this universe, the director said the ending was meant to be ambiguous.
      That means that they could have been insane, OR stalked by a supernatural force.
      Now, if they were crazy, then clearly the original BWP film is just that- a movie, but if NOT, then that means that someone happened to make a fictitious movie about a REAL supernatural threat that subsequently wound up screwing with a second group of people.
      If they WERE the victims of the supernatural, we have to either believe that either the original BWP was real in their universe, or that the filmmakers of the original just happened to strike coincidence gold.
      It would be like Raiders of the Lost Ark coming out, then having someone find the REAL Ark of the Covenant in EXACTLY THE SAME SPOT.
      And yes, the director DID say that he wanted the hype and effect on fans to be prominent themes in this movie, but that doesn’t necessarily rule out the supernatural explanation, especially in light of the fact that he was aiming for ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ style ambiguity with the ending.
      If I failed to make this clear in the episode, my apologies.

  • MichaelANovelli

    The owls are not what they seem!

    • fearfanforever

      I don’t give a hoot.

      • MichaelANovelli

        Fire walk with me!

  • You know what is weird? When he played the jingle bell dogs in the middle of the review I thought of “Good Bad Flicks” because that is the song that plays during the first episode, and since Cecil’s videos autoplay I have heard it several dozen times in association.

  • DeanD

    I learned my lesson from the original film and didn’t see this in theaters, and when I did finally see it I was kind of unnerved. It’s like Exorcist II: interesting ideas with a baffling execution. I don’t like the film and only saw it once, but do think it’s a more entertaining film overall than the first Blair Witch.

  • spiff2268

    I always thought this movie gets more hate than it deserves. No, it wasn’t a cinematic masterpiece and I’ve never watched a second time but I didn’t think “Wow, there’s 90 minutes I’ll never get back” after I watched it, either.

  • Michael Howe

    Is it just a given that most of the films like this can’t give us likable characters? I’ve never been a big horror film fan, but I think one reason I wrote off most horror-watching ages ago, is because it seemed I was less interested in character development with them, and moreso just wanting these obnoxious people to get some sense knocked into them, or die horribly (feelings I carried over to Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”).

    Then again, I guess the only ones who can try to document things like this or keep their cameras rolling even in tense situations, are idiots who quickly become angry f-bomb spewing turncoats when things go wrong.

    There was a de finite sense of self-parody at times in BOS, such as how the town immediately jumped on the tourism bandwagon, since they were surely struggling to survive as 90% of all drying up small towns do.

    I still recall there was word they were planning a third film and possibly a 4th, but just like Batman and Robin killed off talks for a Batman 5, BOS made everyone fall silent.

  • DeanD

    I just heard the good news and CONGRATULATIONS! Much deserved. As long as you enjoy doing this, I’ll enjoy watching. It’s great to see hard work rewarded and it’s obvious how much work you put into your videos. Congratulations again!

    • fearfanforever

      Thanks, Dean! I’ll still be posting here if at all possible, and I look forward to seeing what you think of the show moving forward!

  • Phil Andrews

    I actually just ordered this on DVD. I’ve heard the director’s commentary gives some hints for how to reconstruct the movie close to the original intent and I’d really like to see that version. Have you had a chance to try that? I believe Cecil may have done it…