Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 – a steFANedit
Listening to the commentary track, Joe Berlinger (director) mentions quite a few times that he is not happy with the finished cut of his sequel to The Blair Witch Project (Book of Shadows: Blair witch 2) and talks about how the studio forced him to make changes he didn’t want. But a director’s cut doesn’t look promising considering that the movie bombed in theaters and is now viewed as one of the most hated sequels ever.
Joe Berlinger’s Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is more of a “fuck you” to the original movie and a comment about what can happen when you blur the line between fiction and reality. Not a direct sequel but more of a standalone film, a movie about the first movie. And now, for the first time, watch it unfold in a similar way Joe Berlinger director’s cut did.
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
The Blair Witch Project
YouTube Video (Sunset Time Lapse HD)
Frank Sinatra – Witchcraft
The Cellar – Antonio Cora (aka The Blair Witch Project Theme)
Poe – Haunted
The Shinning Theme
Blair Witch 2 Original Movie Score by Carter Burwel
-for helping me out with the overlapping frames issue
Now the three part structure can be seen more clearly:
The Horror Movie
The Social Commentary
This was accomplished by taking out the non-linear way the story was told in the theatrical cut and making it chronological. I also deleted the Coffin Rock Massacre 100% and took out most of the mental hospital sequences. I also changed some things that IMO makes for a better movie.
Added: Fanedit Warning Text.
Cut: Artisan Entertainment logo.
Added: A steFANedit.
Added: A little Heather Donahue moment that was in the leaked script for bw2.
Cut: Hospital Sequence.
Changed: Frank Sinatra – Witchcraft now plays during the credit sequence.
Cut: Gore footage. The whole Coffin Rock Massacre footage is now 100% gone from the entire movie.
Changed: All the interrogation is now at the end of the movie.
Changed: After credits sequence we open up on the van arriving at the cemetery.
Added: Produced by…Written by…Directed by…
Changed/Cut: the rest of the scenes inside the van (before we arrive at the store) now play out in different order and some things are cut.
Cut: Everything at the store except:
So where are we going first?
The ruins of Rustin Parr’s house.
The karma’s a bitch.
You make her sound helpless. I thought
witches summon powerful energy?
We can. But we still have to eat, shit
and die like the rest of you. We just
look good doing it.
May I have permission to take this leaf?
Cut: Bad joke at the campfire.
Changed: When Erica talks into camera “…that’s a Christian concept” the footage is zoomed in, and zoomed out when Kim says “I hate nature”
Cut: Jeff talking to Erica about wanting to make a film about Wicca (the way of life).
Cut: Erica in a trance and Kim tonguing the camera (the part which isn’t POV).
Our work. Every word.
Ripped? These things look like they
were bit off.
Cut: Some of Erica screaming back at Jeff.
Cut: Nurse and the ghost (Eileen Treacle) at the hospital.
Cut: Hospital flashback after Kim tells Jeff that “…you’re a long way from sane”
Cut: All the talk about Coffin Rock.
Cut/Changed: The ghost girl seen by Stephen on the bridge is now seen for a shorter amount of time and doesn’t disappear into thin air, but instead through POV.
How come you’re the one who looks
like he’s having a breakdown?
Look! I’m a little tense, all right?
Cut: Erica talking to Kim about the markings meaning that “…you have been touched by a witch”
Cut: Kim at the store, interacting with the guy on the floor and the crazy woman.
Cut: Rednecks throwing rocks.
Changed: Since the Coffin Rock Massacre footage now is 100% gone something had to cover up the few frames when Kim “fucks up the front fender” I added a few frames from “missing hours”
Cut: Kim acknowledging to Jeff that the kids she saw was “…the kids Rustin Parr killed”
Cut/ Added: Craven calling Jeff and tells him to “turn on your TV” and they find out at the 11:00 News that the people they were fighting with in the woods where found murdered at Coffin Rock. Instead now we have some more “lost hours” footage before the owl crashes through the window.
Added: a short “lost hours” clip showing what Jeff is thinking. Giving him something else to think about now when the “11:00 News”scene is gone.
Cut/ Added: Some of what Jeff say is deleted because it refers to what they saw on TV. Footage of Tristen is inserted and flipped so she now appears to look the other way, watching Jeff talk.
Added: When Jeff accusing Erica for being a witch “I tell you what’s going on here” we slowly zoom in on Jeff.
Cut: Shot of Tristen (it’s now used earlier).
Cut: Kim saying to Jeff to smoke the whole joint “because you’re not totally psycho yet”
Added: Clips to illustrate the passing of time.
Cut: Stephen seeing a little girl on the other side of the bridge after it has collapse.
Added: Shot of phone ringing.
Changed: When Jeff looking through the peep-hole we now see another shot of the hospital footage instead of the Coffin Rock Massacre footage that was originally there.
Added: When Jeff opens the door for the last time and the dogs aren’t there we now hear the barking of the dog-alarm.
The little girl backwards…
Cut: Tristen hiding the tapes during “lost hours”
Cut: Tristen saying that “Tristen’s gone”
You wanna kill me?
You can’t, can you, Kimmy?
I will rip your fucking head off!
Then fucking do it!
Changed: The hanging scene re-scored.
Changed: The hanging scene re-cut.
Added: All the Interrogation footage at the end.
Changed: End credits music, now we have The Shining Theme mixed with The Blair Witch Project Theme which later fades into Poe – Haunted.
Cut: Artisan Entertainment logo.
Added: A steFANedit.
On the whole, it's OK. Personally I would keep SOME of the deleted scenes. Maybe editing the ending titles too would be a good idea (e.g. the soundtrack section, we see references to songs we don't get to hear in this version and no reference the new songs). Also you missed 3 references to the Coffin Rock Massacre. 2 are made by the reporters, and the third one when Cravens says "...the blood in the van is going to match those tourists."
Kim's "Am I going to have problems with you too?" no longer makes any sense, 'cause we don't get to see any other problem, what happened outside with the rednecks was clearly not a problem for her.
Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 by SteFANedit
Caught Blair Witch at the peak of its hype and was completely underwhelmed.
Avoided the sequel until I saw the DVD in a cut-out bin, paired with BW1, for $1.00.
Later, I kicked myself for wasting a whole dollar.
The film, which I only viewed once and now sits like an diseased barnacle on a lower shelf somewhere, was a complete p.o.s.
Stupid writing, enhanced by inept direction, and apparently edited by a drunken puppy.
So, why did I even get this edit? Cause SteFAN made it.
SteFAN resurrected this tosser, and actually made it decent. Ain’t top tier horror, but makes for a watchable late night grind flick.
Characters remain unlikable, shouting, argumentative morons, but that’s what he had to work with and I cannot fault him.
On the technical side, I saw nothing wrong with the video and heard nothing out of kilter on the audio.
If you hated the original BW2, this is much more enjoyable.
Thanks, SteFAN. Come Halloween, this will air on the sheet hanging in my living room window for the begging monsters on my porch.
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I have always been baffled by this sequel.
I knew if someone were to look deep enough, buried away and kept hidden from the eyes of the inhabitants of the earth there would be a somewhat decent story involved. Years ago in my first apartment I owned a VHS player with only 2 tapes The Devils Advocate and Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows. Needless to say I spent many wasted hours discerning the dissatisfying "secrets of esrever" and I never would have thought that I could ever watch this film again and enjoy it.
All credit deserving goes to SteFANedit. Who replaces the clunky directionless plot and delivers it into a much more concise and very much needed linear pacing. Over the top ridiculous cuts to indistinguishable scenes of violence and gore have been removed as are other questionable scenes that served no purpose but ensure this film would end up in the "clearance section" of most retail video outlets.
I did appreciate how certain edits to the dialog the were done sparingly. The film is supposed to be a movie outside of a movie so to speak so these characters are never meant to say anything profound to each other but instead simulate how real people supposedly talk, which advances the plot in a jumbled sort of way.
I would have preferred to leave in the KIMMY line from Tristen but that is my only gripe (if you'd even call it that). I don't think Witchcraft works as well as Disposable Teens for the opening credits (it does come in a tad loud) but SteFANedit has molded this film to be what the original director intended it to be. I like the new music cue for the end credits its very fitting and I like Haunted is still being there too. This is my definitive version of this film. I'm going to enjoy sharing this adaptation with others just to get their reaction.
If you've ever stayed up and watched a movie on local television at two in the morning, seen more than a handful of Tales from the Crypt episodes, or have a soft spot for good ideas that spawned outrageously bad movies I would recommend that you and your loved ones cancel plans blow off work and watch the SteFANedit of the Blair Witch2.
The original version of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is a very flawed film and a pretty bad follow up to the original film. What steFANedit tried to do is edit the film as close as possible to what the director originally wanted for his film, and he did a pretty good job at it. Instead of a film that's all over the place with it's story is now in chronological order and is a smoother story overall. Having the interviews with the main characters can feel like a little long in the tooth instead of being spread over the movie, but i feel like it's better overall for it. Removing a chunk of Jeff being in the hospital is a good edit because sometimes more is less.
The Audio and Video is really good. Frank Sinatra's Witchcraft is a little too loud at the start, but not so bad i can't hear what they're saying. Overall, this is a great edit and is an improvement to the source material.
I LOVED this!! I actually prefer it over the original, except for there are 2 tiny “secrets of Esrever” clues that were cut out, but the pacing is just wonderful and I really liked how you rearranged the interrogation scenes. MY only real gripe is you cut out when Tristen says “Peggy” to Kim. LOL That’s my favorite line in the movie. But overall, this is a really good job and I think I might even prefer it over the theatrical version!