“Scary Mary” returns

So, I’m in the middle of working on my upcoming review of the appropriately hyped “Paranormal Activity” and thinking about just what makes scary movies scary.  I don’t know if anyone has better demonstrated some key aspects of this than Chris Rule did with his online classic, the brilliant 2006 recut trailer for “Mary Poppins,” turning a safe-as-houses family musical comedy/fantasy into a Anglo creepfest with a touch of “The Exorcist.”

Just a few judicious editing tricks, a talent for pacing, and a creepy soundtrack is all you need, it turns out.


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