Cinema: Blair Which?

A clever thriller idea gets botched in an inane sequel

The original movie was a cool joke America decided to play on itself. The Blair Witch Project, which last year earned a huge $140 million on a teeny $30,000 budget, was not by any stretch a great film. It was a clever prank, brilliantly peddled, that played on primal fears. And everyone had to be a part of it. Let's be scared by a horror movie with no visible monster. Let's convince ourselves it's real. Like kids in the dark, let's pretend.

But who would want to play the same joke twice, or be the butt of it? Book of Shadows:...

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