Pagans in the Media
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The Thoughts of the Pagan Community on Blair Witch - Page #4
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-- I went to see the movie 'The Blair Witch Project' with a twofold assignment. First, to see how it's portrayal of witches, and second to do an honest critique of the movie as any normal moviegoer would do.-First of all, I quickly dispelled any thought of it affecting the pagan community as it became clear the point of the movie was to keep the moviegoer in suspense rather than point out anything about witches or pagans for that matter.-From a critic's point of view, I have to say, due to the entire way the movie is presented, from it's grassroots campaign advertising on the internet, to word of mouth in the chat rooms, to it's simple formula of old fashioned chilling suspense, I believe it hearkens a change in the movie industry where we may see more independent films in the mainstream. - Corwin Sebastian.
-- I am a solitary WICCAN and have been so for better than ten years. I left my first viewing of the Blair Witch Project pleased with the movie. The ending was great and I did get frightened, despite the fact that I knew how it was made.-What concerned me, however, was other peoples reaction to the film. I was talking to a co-worker of mine the next day and asked him who he thought murdered the students. He said, "the witch, of course"I wondered what made him think that and so I asked him. He said, well all the supernatural things, the slime, the bundle with the body parts (part of a spell, he assumed) and the fact that he concluded that the students could not get out of the forest because the witch was screwing up their compass.- What I realized, however, is that the fault was in his interpretation, not in the movie. It was his stereotypes that led him to believe that "the witch did it". - Ruffolo, Dawn.
-- After the film ended, I heard several patrons moaning that it was a bad film. I, on the other hand, felt stunned as I wandered aimlessly through the parking lot to find my car. I felt that people were not expecting it to be as raw as it was. As far as the representation of Witchcraft depicted in the film, I wasn't offended. I know that Witchcraft can be taken to a dark place, and I try to disband the myth that all witches are evil, but the fact remains that some are. That is why I don't think we will ever completely banish that from the minds of the public. As long as we try to increase the awareness of the people we come in contact with, I think we will continue to make strides toward general acceptance. This movie brings an opportunity for us to discuss Witchcraft, and perhaps educate a few more people in the truth of the Craft. - Christa.
-- Merry Meet. I saw the film this weekend & wasn't offended at all simply because its pure fiction. I also feel that it emphasized SUPERSTITION much more than Witchcraft. One point that I did notice, however is that, upon exiting most of the teens in the audience were talking amongst themselves about the film and I was a bit bothered by the fact that many actually thought it was a true story. I know that much of the film used traits taken from the real documents about the Salem Witch trials, but somehow along the way, people seem to have forgotten that it was pure fiction because it SEEMS so real. In that respect, I think it tarnishes the memory of those who died during the trials, but otherwise its non-offensive & I did enjoy it. - Willow.
-- I am easily frightened, and was prepared to be really disturbed by this movie. I was surprised to find that it did not frighten me in the least. The "scary things" that the students found in the woods were unconnected, so that no tension built up over time. There was not enough talk about the hanging stick figures, piles of rocks, etc., to build up any psychological tension. To run screaming (with the actors) into the dark woods in the middle of the night and see nothing--again, no fear, no tension. The movie just didn't work for me at all. - Starfish.
-- Haxan Films seems like a promising company-not to mention a lot richer one after this, and I will be sure to expect good things from them in the future!! - Orion.
-- Just had to voice my opinion on this movie-what a TOTAL waste of money!!! It is NOT scary (suspenseful in parts) and it leaves you wondering exactly what *did* happen to the students as you never do find out. A real disappointment. I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I took my 13-year-old to see it, and he commented that the evening news on TV was a whole lot scarier.- Wickett.
-- I saw the Blair witch project on Friday, and again on Sunday. I was very scared I must say the first time I saw it. Then ready to see it again, noticing things I missed the first time I saw it. It was a brilliant idea to make a film like that. Everyone is curious about witchcraft. - Heather.
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