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Blair Witch (2016)

Published in B
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 05:48
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong supernatural themes.

  • The pitch

    Sticks and stones may break your bones.

  • Starring

    James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry

  • Directed by

    Adam Wingard

  • Running time

    89 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are terrorised, grabbed, pushed/shoved, dragged, stabbed, pushed from a high ledge, crushed under a falling tree, slammed against a wall, knocked unconscious, trapped underground. Loud noises, cracks, animal sounds, branch-snapping sounds, heavy-breathing, groaning, static, rumbling, door-slamming, running footsteps heard. Objects fly through the air, crash. Footage of search party looking for missing teenagers. Teens play a shooting video game. Stories told of a man who killed 7 children, hearing voices, a man hanged for his crimes, a girl drowned in a river, a hand coming out of water and snatching a child, bodies that are never found, taking blood from children, townspeople hanging a suspected witch from a tree and weighting her body so she stretched. Yelling, arguing, screaming, panic, hysterics, gurgling. Creepy stick/rock symbols. Witchcraft, eaten by animals, dying of exposure, curses, spells mentioned. Blood/gore: Twisted/snapped body. Bloody cut, foot, clothing, hair, head, mouth, nose, bandage; spurting blood. Foam/pus oozes from wound. A veiny/bony tendril is removed from a wound. Knife protruding from neck. Fever mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A nude creature is seen in the background. A character eats a sausage suggestively. Females in short-shorts. Flirting, hugging.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Alcohol (beer, cocktail, spirits). Intoxication, hangover. Club setting. Getting drunk last night, [drugged us] with sleeping pills mentioned. A character says "what are they smoking?" (metaphoric).

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words, a-word, p*ss. Obscene finger gesture. Religious references (what the hell, oh my God, Jesus Christ, goddamit).

  • THEMES

    Found footage, witches, The Blair Witch Project, missing persons, creepy woods, camping, horror, documentary, technology, cameras, drones, social media, legends, fake scares, getting lost, sacrifice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Missing sister (presumed dead). Dogs, tank fish, bees. Helicopter (news footage), Confederate flag. Cooking meat. Lightning, thunder. Urination. Shaky camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Slow-burning, effective, good, scary, excellent, intense, imaginative, solid, fun, surreal, nightmarish, jumpy, accomplished, entertaining, aggressive, heart-pounding, slick. Fine cast, fast/justified/careful visuals, creative new camera technology, excellent/forceful sound design, claustrophobic climax, sporadically funny, reasonably satisfying, incredibly faithful to The Blair Witch Project.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Familiar, safe, uninventive. Too many false jump scares, scripted/conventional characterisation.

You're Next

Published in Y
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 00:36
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence.

  • The pitch

    Blood is thicker than water.

  • Starring

    Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Margaret Laney, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton, LC Holt, Simon Barrett, Lane Hughes

  • Directed by

    Adam Wingard

  • Running time

    94 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE

    People are hacked, slashed, stabbed, shot (pistol, crossbow), garotted, sliced, attacked with objects (machete, axe, screwdriver, knives, meat cleaver, meat tenderiser - some repeatedly), glassed, bashed, punched, kicked, hair-pulled, bitten, nailed, blended, near-strangled, pursued, stalked, threatened. Brothers playfight, a woman jumps through a window, fratricide, home invasion. Objects get smashed, broken glass, item stolen from corpse. Wrestling (television). Screaming, yelling, arguing, panic. Fascists mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody corpses, severe bloody wounds, pulped flesh, bloodied objects, blood splatter, blood on clothing, blood on faces/hands, pooling blood, bloody writing. Bloody objects removed from flesh. Wound-dressing, bandaging.

  • SEX/NUDITY

    A couple have sex. Kissing, undressing, propositioning, caressing. Exposed breasts, women in underwear, shirtless man. Man in shower (no genitals seen). Skimpy nightwear, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE

    Vicodin consumed. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking. Medication mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE

    F-words, s-words. Name-calling, teasing, mocking. Religous references and exclamations. Gender, genre, sibling, family, weight, nationality, regional, cultural, career stereotypes.

  • THEMES

    Horror, murder, serial killing, family, survival, betrayal, wealth, inheritance, greed, anniversary, reunions, relationships, rejection, resentment, bitterness, voyeurism, fratricide, contract killing, masked murderers, home invasion, trap-setting, motives, blood, gore.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS

    Murdered loved ones. Leaving wife for younger woman (student), engagement mentioned. Isolated rural setting. Creaky noises, jumpy moments, attackers wear animal masks (lamb, tiger, fox). Zit-squeezing, toilet, bottled urine. Bright light flashes.

  • CRITICS LIKE

    Clever, ironic, brazen, triumphant, pitch-perfect, grim, grisly, twisted, funny, energetic, dark, jumpy, tense. Excellent casting, strong female lead, disarmingly funny, engaging tonal shifts, low-budget, unknown actors, perfect running time, stylish set pieces, edgy soundtrack, satsifying climax.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE

    Derivative, hackneyed, repetitive, brainless, unoriginal. Momentary lag in the middle, overuse of shaky-cam, bad acting, ludicrous plot contrivances.