Cinema: There's Something About Scary

This summer's horror films aren't kid stuff. Ghosts, demons and sea creatures are stalking adults--on the screen and in the audience

Comedians are the schoolyard bullies of this summer's box office. Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, the South Park gang and those cutup cowboys Will Smith and Kevin Kline have upended propriety and frolicked like unruly kids until the collective funny bone is virtually numb. After this week's senior-prom sex farce American Pie, even connoisseurs of adolescent comedy may whisper a desperate prayer: "From Austins and Adams and Wild Wild Westies, and teens that go hump in the night, Good Lord deliver us."

This prayer is now answered. Summer films are ready to creep over to the dark side, where anxiety about what's...

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