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Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is a 2000 sequel to The Blair Witch Project.

Five fans of the original The Blair Witch Project journey into the woods near Burkittsville to investigate the hysteria and mystery surrounding the film. After a night of heavy drinking, they wake up with no clue of what happened. Or what they may have done.


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  • All There in the Manual: Sort of. A Direct-To-TV tie-in mockumentary Shadow of the Blair Witch clarifies that this film is a dramatization of events that 'happened' in the Blair Witch universe, and has different actors playing the characters in this film. This film can be viewed here.
  • Anachronic Order: We see snippets of the sheriff interrogating Jeff, Steven and Kim interspersed throughout the film — showing that something happened during their trip. There are also clips of the tourists being murdered at various points before and after it chronologically happens in the film.
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  • Arc Words: "Video never lies."
  • Asshole Victim: Peggy from the grocery store refuses to serve Kim based off her appearance, and it's later revealed Kim killed her.
  • Alternate Continuity: Like many expanded universe media of the original film, this movie isn't considered in continuity with each other. In this case, this is referred to as an In-Universe dramatization of events set shortly after the original movie was released in Burketsville.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Tristen (blonde), Kim (brunette) and Erica (redhead).
  • Chekhov's Gun: Kim finds a nail file in her bag from the grocery store. The security footage shows her using it to kill Peggy.
  • Creepy Child: Ghostly apparitions of the children that Elly Kedward killed appear throughout the film. A hidden message in the film suggest that Elly's ghost controls them and let them loose to torment the protagonists.
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  • Cruel Twist Ending: Jeff, Kim and Steven murdered all the tourists in the woods, Erica, Peggy in the grocery store and eventually Tristen herself. Either they were under the influence of the Blair Witch or suffered a mass hallucination. The tape of Tristen's death shows her being cruelly murdered — at odds with what her death scene showed. Steven's last words are screaming that somebody had to have messed with the tape.
  • Demonic Possession: Tristen apparently suffers from this at the Blair Witch's influence, but the ending reveals that the other protagonists also suffered this.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: Jeff's house is an old factory from the Civil War. He talked the realtor to selling it for a buck.
  • Drugs Are Bad: They not only lead to Tristen having a miscarriage (assuming the Blair Witch had nothing to do with it) but cause the protagonists to blackout and murder innocent people at the Blair Witch's influence.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
    • Jeff is The Cynic — only out to make a profit from the Blair Witch hysteria.
    • Erica is The Optimist — who feels empathy for Elly Kedward for being persecuted.
    • Steven is The Realist — believing entirely in objectiveness and decisiveness.
    • Kim is The Apathetic — she represents the outsider mentality of the Blair Witch hysteria.
    • Tristen is The Conflicted — as the one who may or may not be possessed by the witch.
  • Goth: Kim. Ironically, she ends up being the only sane girl most of the time.
  • The Killer in Me: It is revealed at the end that the three remaining main characters have been killing off their friends over the course of the movie, who they were hallucinating as evil people.
  • Large Ham: Dear lord, the Sheriff. He was one "I hates that rabbit!" away from being Yosemite Sam.
  • Meta Sequel: Rather than being a re-tread of the first film, the sequel is about fans of the first film investigating the mythology of it.
  • Mind Screw: It's left open whether or not Kim, Steven and Jeff were possessed by the Blair Witch when they murdered everyone. Or if they just had a shared delusion brought on by the hysteria of the legend. Or if something completely different happened and the witch messed with the tapes again.
  • Never Trust a Title: No book of any kind is ever plot-important.
  • Non-Indicative Title: Besides the faint connection to Blair Witch, there's no Book of Shadows to be seen. It was tacked on by the studio but does have some Wiccan connection.note 
  • One Drink Will Kill the Baby: Played with. Tristen is pregnant and drinks and smokes on the first night with everyone else, but you can hardly say she went light on it.
  • Ret Gone: A part of the Mind Screw. When Erica disappears, they try to call her parents, only to hear they never had a child which begs the question of how they had a number to call.
  • Sequel: The Original Title: Instead of being The Blair Witch Project 2: The Book of Shadows, it's The Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Thorn symbol appears and is marked on the protagonists, but here it has a different meaning.note 
    • There are several plot-relevant ones to classic horror films; Kim biting the owl is to Night of the Living Dead (1968), Erica spinning around the tree is to The Evil Dead, the dogs barking is to The Omen (1976) and playing the tapes backwards is to The Exorcist. According to the director, it's to show that the characters are so obsessed with media that they've started having hallucinations about it.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Possibly to parody the first film's habit of this.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: The characters wake up hung over, Tristen and Steven's notes and research torn up and the equipment destroyed. A key plot point is rewatching the video tapes to find out what they did.

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