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16 October 2009

Creepiest freaking trailer ever. In the bonus features for the movie's DVD, they say that people would call the TV stations that played this as a commercial and complain, "You scared the hell out of my kid!"

I believe it.
That's one of the few movies that creeps me out and it is all due to Anthony Hopkins. No one does psycho better than him.
posted by MonkeyButter 16 October | 21:53
I saw it when I was a kid - my parents or someone took me to the theater. What were they thinking!

I also saw this, which traumatized me FOR LIFE:
posted by pinky.p 16 October | 23:29
Wait, Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, AND a creepy dummy? How have I not heard about this?
posted by middleclasstool 16 October | 23:48
I remember that movie! I watched it on HBO years and years ago. Scared the bejeezus out of me. I think I watched Magic and The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane in the same evening. Traumatic.
posted by BitterOldPunk 17 October | 01:12
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane was a creepy one.

"That must be the almond cookies"
posted by Meatbomb 17 October | 02:07
And it was on all the time for a while; it was cheap to broadcast because of a licensing gap.
posted by Elsa 17 October | 07:58
Oh my god, The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane. This is like the creepy-nostalgia movies thread!
posted by pinky.p 17 October | 09:38
I watched both of these again recently.

Magic: Great acting by all, but the ending is lackluster. Hopkins's earlier Audrey Rose is arguably slightly better.

Little Girl: Jodie Foster is the only element worth watching, her acting is exactly what the character required. The rest of the cast ranges from passable to horrible. The plot is nothing special and the ending is sensible. Everything technical--sound, photography, editing--is pure hack.

Except for the first half of Magic, none of these have aged well at all.
posted by Ardiril 17 October | 19:08
"How have I not heard about this?"

Magic was released on November 8, eight days after Halloween and 2 weeks after Carpenter's Halloween. A spooky movie released after Halloween during the Hail Mary weekend (praying Ann Margaret would draw perhaps?) for a Thanksgiving hit? It bombed.
posted by Ardiril 17 October | 19:19
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