I agree about appoaching this film with an open mind. Myself, I found it a bit annoying (shaky camerawork and loud americans ), but it got better at the end. However, other people I know were really affected by it. I saw it with my girlfriend (at the time) and she was really terrified by it - she could not sleep at all that night (I soon suggested something else she could do!), but she was genuinely frightened by it - it wasn't so much what was on-screen, but thinking afterwards about what had actually happened.
So you may like it or hate it, but it is worth seeing (although I am not sure the affects ad breaks will have on it!
I certainly approached BWP with an open mind. Was genuinely looking forward to it. I watched it in the company of several of my 'viewing buddies' . There was not one person present who could find anything positive to say about this film.
Still quite agree, watch it and make your own mind up.
As you can probably guess, I've never bothered with the follow up, so can't comment. I just think the success of BWP is a tribute to the internet generated hype machine. If enough people are told something is scary, I'm sure quite a few of them will find it so....
I saw BWP on DVD and thought it was quite poor, but for some reason watched it again with the directors commentary, and found that very interesting.
You get to find out how they left the three main characters to do their own thing with just a rough outline, and how that sometimes meant a little bit of intervention.
It was a good concept which on the whole worked well. I've seen it about 5 times since I got the DVD when the R1 was released and still watch it about once a year. It's atmospheric and works the imagination which, with horror, is always a good thing.
I like the horror genre but it is so difficult to find any new film that makes me uneasy. The first half of Jeepers Creepers was great but then disappointed with the "creature feature" ending.