And yeah, Blair Witch 2 might just be the worst horror sequel ever made. Well certainly up there anyway.
Its a CLOSE second to Exorcist II. And you know what? Hell, even though I haven't seen it in years, the bad taste still lingers when I think about it. I'll review it now:
Reagan, now a few years older & getting past her traumatic demon possession, is subjected to a new scientific therapies which only leave her vulnerable to another attack from the demon Pazuzu.
I can't think of a first sequel that was such a far departure in quality to the original classic. Most film franchises, even those that start off with classics, don't get that bad until after they've done a few. Godfather sank in the third entry for example. Star Wars it took 16 years after the third movie & Jar Jar Binks to bring it down. But Exorcist II? WOW! We go from one of my all time favorites to probably
My problem with the film is that it was so obviously made by someone who hated the first film. John Boorman is a great director (he did Deliverance for Goodness' sake). But it was obvious that he had no love for the established first film. In the film, the story says that The Exorcism actually made Reagan's condition worse. How? She seems perfectly fine & happy in this film. Before The Exorcism, she was spitting up pea soup, scarring herself, masturbating with crucifixes, and, oh yeah, KILLED A GUY!! But oh yeah, she's totally worse off now with her tap dancing & being just a ray of sunshine everywhere she goes. Father Karras' role in the Exorcism is completely overlooked & ignored to the point that it almost feels like he was removed from continuity entirely.
And don't even get me started on the hair-brained mysticism & wildly unrealistic science that the story uses. The first film was great because they created an entirely realistic world that these bizarre events took place in, and the problem was approached very realistically with psychology & extreme medical practices being considered LONG before ideas of faith & religion are even considered, and even mocked when they are. Here, the Catholic Church hands out Exorcisms with the drop of a hat, even though that's not what they said in the first film, and all the other stuff going on with Demon Locusts, Dream Machines, and all kind of other crap destroys that realism. Its impossible to understand & follow most of the time & it doesn't help that the acting is as bad as the writing.
More unintentional humor derives from the fact that they gave the demon a name: Pazuzu. Yes, it matches the name of statue from the first film, but there's a reason WHY they didn't use that name in the first movie. BECAUSE IT SOUNDS SILLY!!! Seriously, its almost an adorable name you'd give to a pet bird or something.
Betrays the original in tone, continuity, & realism. It features hard to understand concepts & stories & its too unintentionally funny to be taken seriously as a horror film. Its a complete failure of a film.