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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 21, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Scary Movie Week continues: What’s new?

Great conversation yesterday, even if you all reminded me of a few scary movies I’d rather forget. (I thought I’d succeeded in erasing “Audition” from my mind — not because it’s bad, but because it’s too good at what it does — but it’s baaaack. Thanks a bunch.) A few favorites of mine, from among those named: “The Innocents” (the wonderful 1960s version of “The Turn of the Screw,” with Deborah Kerr); “The Birds” (which gets overshadowed by “Psycho,” but has some scenes as scary as anything I’ve ever seen, particularly when the birds get really quiet); and the Nicole Kidman thriller “The Others” (very influenced by “The Innocents,” and very scary). A few that weren’t mentioned: “Rosemary’s Baby,” anyone? “The Omega Man” (suggested by my editor)?
So, let’s take a poll. Here are the most mentioned classic scary movies from yesterday; vote for your favorite:

What’s your favorite classic scary movie?(trends)

And let’s consider this: Nearly every movie named yesterday was at least five years old. What do you think are the best recent scary movies — let’s say, from the past three years? I’m having trouble coming with many; so many are scary-silly, like “Orphan” or “The Uninvited.” My vote goes to the Spanish film “Orphanage,” which scared the daylights out of me last year, and I also remember with shivers a someone’s-in-the-house French film called “Them,” which was in theaters for about three seconds not long ago and had me losing sleep for a while. But you tell me: What’s scared you recently? I don’t think anyone mentioned “Paranormal Activity” yesterday; how’s that movie holding up? (I haven’t seen it yet.) What else?

Belen Rueda, getting scared (so will you) in “Orphanage.” (Photo courtesy Picturehouse.)

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