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A group of tourists are on a bus tour around some of Holland's most famous windmills when, wouldn't you just know it, the bus breaks down leaving them stranded in the middle of nowhere. They seek shelter in a disused shed beside a dilapidated windmill, not just any old windmill, but the very same one that a Devil-worshipping miller used to grind human bones instead of the usual grain.
When members of the group start disappearing, Australian-on-the-run Jennifer (Charlotte Beaumont) and her dwindling number of companions, start to piece together the real reason why they are all there and why it is that they are all being stalked by the scary scythe-bearing Miller.
A slasher flick set in Holland!!!! In a windmill!!!! Seriously! That was enough to get my juices flowing in favour of watching writer/director Nick Jongerius' deliciously entitled The Windmill Massacre! And what's more, despite adding little new to the mix, what it does do, it does very well, feeling fresher than it probably sounds.
Jane Levy stars as Rocky, a young woman whose lot in life is pretty shitty. Wanting a better life for both herself and her younger sister Diddy, Rocky agrees to take part in the robbery of a blind man (Stephen Lang) who is rumoured to have $300,000 in cash stashed away in his house. Committing a robbery is hardly new to Rocky - or her annoying boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto) and their mutual friend Alex (Dylan Minnette) - but they have not enough collateral to have made it worth their while. Robbing the blind man would rectify matters.
Unfortunately, for the threesome, their intended robbery victim, an Army veteran, maybe blind but his other senses are completely switched on and there's more to him than meets the eye. The blind man has good reason for wanting to live secluded in abandoned Detroit neighbourhood, as the three youngsters soon find out to their horror.
Of all the horror franchises Blair Witch appears to bring out the more empassioned responses. The original film was a Marmite flick, as in people either loved it or hated it. I was in two minds about it, feeling sorely disappointed upon seeing it theatrically but warming to it more on its later DVD format where it's hand-held camera low-budget vibe seemed more at home. However given that the footage had been 'found' I couldn't help but wonder how exactly. That would mean someone else toddled into the forbidding witch's lair to do so, and if they did just that then how is it that they survived in order to edit the footage for our viewing pleasure? Perhaps that matter would be resolved in this latest Blair Witch flick.
Most people tend to ignore the first sequel seeing it as nothing more than a quick cash-in, however I did like that it didn't just regurgitate the same story-telling format, something writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard are unfortunately more than willing to do with their belated third movie in the franchise.
In terms of the story things aren't really that much different to how they were in the first movie - youngsters, with cameras, venture out into the Black Hills Forest, Maryland - with the cause for the excursion being some found footage that would indicate that Heather, from the first film, may actually still be alive, or so believes James Donahue, Heather's brother, who would have two-years-old when his older sibling disappeared. For those that haven't seen the first film - unlikely given the hype that pushed the first film to record box office back in 1999 - Heather was one of three who ventured into the same forest to investigate the legend of the Blair Witch.
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