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The Thoughts of the Pagan Community on Blair Witch - Page #3

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-- I saw "The Blair Witch Project" July 30th, at 11:00 at night. Myself and two of my friends went and my best friend, who--as she puts it--"was raised on horror movies" was scared by the movie. Personally, I was so petrified I wouldn't move from my seat until the lights came back on.- Lady M.



-- As a practicing Wiccan I found nothing to be offended at in the context of the movie. This film isn't making any statement about paganism, it is merely using folk tales to set the stage for a truly frightening experience. I have read a number of comments by witches and pagans who had the opposite reaction. All I can say is that we must be able to laugh and scream at fictional portrayals like this and see them for what they are - stories, and who doesn't love a good ghost story? When we in the pagan community get offended by these things doesn't it place us in the same light as the fundamentalists that banned and protested against movies like "The Last Temptation"? We can only educate the public about ourselves and our beliefs by living them and being willing to let movies like this act as a spring board to discuss what we each believe witch craft to be. Non pagan friends who have seen this movie have not made any comments to me about the "evils" of witchcraft or even connected the film with my beliefs. I am sure there are those who will but as they are the same ones who seem to find any reason to condemn us (like the people who think Wiccans should be banned from the military so God doesn't withdraw his support) and reason is seldom a factor with them.-So, if you like scary movies, see this one - it is wonderful, just have a nightlight or someone to cuddle with when you go to bed, and be very careful next time you go camping. - Ria.



-- To be honest, it has been a REALLY long time since I have been scared by a movie, but this one made me feel like I was 10 years old again and watching "The Shining" for the first time. I left the theater in a daze, trying to console the empath in me. I thought about it all the way home; I was so shaken by the movie that after two hours of tossing, turning, refusing to leave my bed, and rationalizing strange noises, that I had to leave the light on before I could sleep. This movie really did scare me.-However, it was not a typical horror movie. It did not rely on blood and gore to scare the audience. The aspect I loved most about this movie was that it was more of a psychological horror movie. The monster is all in the viewer's mind. You never see the "witch, " if there ever was one. It's up to the viewer to decide what was really happening to the actors. I have several ideas as to what happened, but that is the whole point. In a way, the viewers scare themselves. - Sirala.



-- It was so boring I almost fell asleep 3-4 times and the blurry, distorted shaky camera images gave me a headache. After watching 3 people walk around the woods and snipe at each other for almost two hours with NOTHING happening, I really was tempted to ask for my money back; I'm grateful I went to the cheap matinee! Please, spare me! Teenagers in film classes have made much better movies. - Tristan.



-- "The Blair Witch Project" has to be the most overrated film I have ever been stampeded into seeing. Far from being frightening or innovative, it is boring, unconvincing, and incredibly vulgar. The critics who are praising this film are either 1) trying to be pretentious by acclaiming an independent film, or 2) playing mind games with the public. This 90 minute +/- film felt longer than "Titanic", and marked only the second time that, as the credits rolled, the first words out of my mouth were "I want my money back!" - J.W. Zorn.



-- If I would have known that The Blair Witch Project was going to be as it is, I would have waited for it to come out on video. Sure, it'll take your mind off of politics and supper, but I don't think it's worth it to go see it in theatres. Unless you want to write a review for a huge web site that will get thousands of responses citing the opposite view from yours. - Emilie E..



--We need to live in balance and entertainment provides a form of levity we need to achieve that. Aside from getting nauseated from the instability of the hand-held cameras, I thought the movie was an excellent representation of a legend. It was one of the only films in its genre that did not make me roll my eyes at cheesy special effects and big name stars. It was well made. It gave me nightmares, just like a good horror flick should. I do believe the entertainment industry portrays an outrageously inaccurate portrayal of "witches". But it seems to portray other groups of individuals with the same inaccuracy. We need to look at movies as what they are-entertainment- and make a distinction between the movies and real life. As pagans we should do our best to project this attitude and keep the people around us correctly informed of our spiritual beliefs and practices. - Lifesong13.



-- Freaked me out. When I went to bed that night I traced a protective circle around my bed with my athame just in case. Loved every minute of the thing. It's great to see real psychological terror getting the credence it deserves in movies again. It's a wake up call for the whole genre. - Stephanie.



-- The format and concept are unique and very effective, but the whole movie was about sticks and stones and being lost...and I kept waiting for MORE to happen. - Larissa.



-- I liked the Blair Witch Project. I think it was pretty good for a low budget film. But it kinda gives witches a bad name. I know I'm definitely going to hear it when I go back to school. - Chantal.



-- Saw the movie -did not like it-just as the movie goes, it was not scary-and yet another movie that puts us in a bad light. - Wintersims.



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