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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

October 27, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Scary Movie Week: Not so scary?

(Yesterday, I was getting ready to leave the office for the day, and I took out my long scarf and inadvertently shook it out a little before putting it on, and a whole lot of popcorn came out. I’m not talking one or two kernels; it really was a fair bit. Not a movie, but certainly scary.)
Ever had the experience of going to something that you’ve heard was really, really scary, and not being scared at all? Happened to me with “The Blair Witch Project,” eleven years ago. I was writing and editing for a movie website (the former film.com; currently under different management), and I remember how the Internet was absolutely lit up with this movie: Was it real, or fake? Were the actors really dead? Was it all a big conspiracy? Was this really the scariest film ever made? Was it possible to watch the movie without totally freaking out? And when I finally saw the film . . . thud. Scariest thing about it that I remember were those extreme closeups on the actors (who were, duh, not dead) so we got to see some real detail on those runny noses. Not scary, and not even bad enough to be funny. A big disappointment.
Much more fun is this Muppet parody of “BWP.” Love Kermit’s little plaid flannel shirt, and Miss Piggy’s knit cap.

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