Horror film causing a stir among
real-life witches By Alexis Chiu, Associated Press, 08/16/99 22:59
SALEM, Mass. (AP) It may be the
surprise horror hit of the summer, but one group is counting itself out
of the ''The Blair Witch Project'' fan club: real-life witches.
''We're not an ominous lot,'' said
Wiccan High Priestess Gypsy Ravish, one of a number of witches who say
the low-budget flick contributes to negative stereotypes of the pagan religion
''It defames us and it makes us
less human,'' said Teri Kalgren, a 49-year-old witch and cofounder of the
Witches Education Bureau in Salem. ''We still get people asking us if we
fly on brooms.''
Witchcraft is a touchy subject in
this town on Massachusetts' North Shore, where a witch hunt in the late
17th century led to the hangings of 19 men and women, the crushing death
of one man and the deaths in prison of 17 more.
In the pseudo-documentary, three
student filmmakers set out into the Maryland woods to make a film about
the legendary Blair Witch, who was said to have killed children in the
Their ''recovered footage'' tells
the story of how the filmmakers become lost, are tormented by a mysterious
presence that leaves creepy stick figures dangling from trees and small
rock piles outside their tent, and eventually disappear after stumbling
upon the truth about the legend.
here for entire article