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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

October 25, 2010 at 10:47 AM

The return of Scary Movie Week: What’s scared you lately?

On this lovely, blustery, gray-clouds-and-russet-leaves day, it seems appropriate to bring back Scary Movie Week, in anticipation of Halloween. Last year, many of you voted in a poll naming favorite classic scary movies, with “The Shining” coming out on top (followed, in order, by “The Exorcist,” “Psycho,” “The Haunting” and “The Changeling.” Now, let’s contemplate recent movies that might be potential scary-movie classics — or whether there are any at all. (I’m speaking here primarily of scary suspense thrillers that create genuine raise-the-hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck chills, not ultraviolent slasher movies.) What pops into my mind immediately is “Orphanage,” “The Others,” and a handful that were better in their overseas originals: “Dark Water,” “The Ring” and “The Eye” (the first two were Japanese; the third from Thailand/Hong Kong). Still haven’t gotten around to watching “Let the Right One In,” but I hear that’s a good one. What would you nominate? What have I forgotten? Scared yet?

Little kids in creepy masks! Demented-looking dolls! A creepy old house with a dark basement staircase! People watching home movies! This is the Spanish-language thriller “The Orphanage,” and I thought it was pretty scary, back in 2008; did you see it?

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