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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

October 24, 2011 at 12:42 PM

It’s Scary Movie Week! Did you see “Paranormal Activity 3”?

Took me half the day to realize it, but yes, Halloween is but a week away, and it means that it’s time for Scary Movie Week on P & P. This is timely, because the biggest movie at the box office is a scary one, and it’s very big indeed: “Paranormal Activity 3” took in $54 million this weekend for the biggest October opening ever, and quite possibly the biggest opening for a horror movie ever. (Paramount is claiming the horror genre record; Entertainment Weekly points out that it depends on how you define a horror movie. “I Am Legend,” which from what I hear was a horror movie — though some say it’s sci-fi — made $77.2 million and therefore holds the horror record.)
So, did you see “Paranormal Activity 3” this weekend? I’m not ashamed to say that I didn’t, because I thought it would scare the hell out of me, and not necessarily in a good way. (And because I haven’t seen the first two either — neither screened for press — and doing a “Paranormal Activity” marathon seemed like a really scary, potentially lonely and certainly sleepless way to spend the weekend.) If you did see it, what did you think?
And, to kick off Scary Movie Week (lots more discussion of scary movies ahead), here’s a truly excellent trailer that answers the age-old question: What if “Mary Poppins” were a horror movie?

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