I think it is official:
The Exorcist is probably one of the scariest movies ever.
From the comments:
Alison: I had a similar experience with The Exorcist. I made my parents remove my bedframe because I didn’t want the devil to get under my mattresses and make me fly up and down.
Anne: I was scarred by “The Black Hole” at age 3. Age 3 People! What were my parents thinking? I tried to get out of the theatre but my parents wouldn’t let me, find and made me watch it all. I watched the Exorcist at age 8 from behind my stuffed Oscar doll. I love that movie however, ask as well as Shining. They just don’t make em like they used to! I watched the Exorcist at age 8 from behind my stuffed Oscar doll. I love that movie however, pregnancy as well as Shining. They just don’t make em like they used to!
Who forces their children to watch movies like The Exorcist? Oh wait…
My Mum told me yesterday about how she and my brother watched it together when he was 12. (This must have been in the theatre too.) He was terrified but my Mother, who never watched scary movies, told him that it would have a happy ending. Note to anyone who has not seen the movie: there is no happy ending to the Exorcist. Or to any scary movie really because it doesn’t matter if things get “resolved” the damage has been done.
My friend Shay and I were having an Halloween party one year in university and we decided to rent some horror movies to play in the background. She suggested The Exorcist but I vetoed it. There is something way too scary about horror movies based on Religion. No matter how Not Catholic I am, I still went to Catholic school and stuff like that scares the crap out of me because there is still the lingering belief that surfaces when I look at movies like The Exorcist or the Omen and a little voice in my head says this shit is real.
I agree with Anne though – I have since come to love being scared (it was a Face Your Fears thing for me). I have seen The Exorcist, The Omen(s), The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby and many others – and while they still scare the crap out of me, the only thing keeping me up at night these days is Moira and the Economy.
Creepy! Creepy! Creepy! The name Damien will always freak me out.