Godziwolf
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April 13th, 2018, 9:25 pm #41

Rick wrote:
countplastica wrote:At the time, if not now, I would imagine the more devoutly Catholic one was, the more horrific the impact when one saw what all the hype was about.  
I think that's true. But a few years back there was some very active discussion around here suggesting that THE EXORCIST, while terrifying Catholics, didn't scare much of anybody else at all. And that is just way way too far.

I'm about as Catholic as Attila and it genuinely scared me. Not the gore, not the effects, but the atmosphere. To me the single scariest moment of the movie is when Karras sees not Regan on the bed, but his dead mother. It's just a scary movie.

I had a friend back in '74, also not a Catholic, who was so shook by the movie that he stayed up all night for a couple of days after seeing it. He told me that he was scared for a few days to even be alone with his wife. "But she's not a little girl like in the movie," I said. "Doesn't matter. She's female, that's close enough." Eventually, he settled down but swore he would never watch THE EXORCIST again.

At the time, the movie scared everybody. It was not just hype.
Maybe I saw it too late, but I am Catholic, and found the film one of the most disappointing I've ever seen.
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blufeld
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April 14th, 2018, 3:29 pm #42

I think when you saw it makes a heap of difference.  If you saw it first run, and it disappointing you, fine-you don't care for it.  Any thing to do with exorcism was the rage, minions were looking to cash in on the phenome that THE EXORCIST caused.  If you saw it a year later, so many imitations and word of mouth has probably ruined it for you.  Same thing happened to me with PLANET OF THE APES, it was awhile since I saw it, and it was a big disappointing movie.
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Crow T Robot
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April 14th, 2018, 3:41 pm #43

I saw this movie in the theaters months after it came out, just as all the hype was in full swing.  I had read the book, so was interested in seeing it on the big screen. 

I enjoyed it, but it didn't scare me (I think I was about 14 at the time and nothing really scared me anymore).  I was raised a Catholic, but didn't see any blasphemy in it.  It was just an entertaining film.

Saw the "special edition" when it was re-released in theaters.  Didn't like it as much as the original version.  I'm guessing from the posts here thare's at least 1 more version with additional changes / additions / CGI.  Not interested in seeing that. 

The original theatrical version works in so many ways, I see no reason to change it.
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April 14th, 2018, 6:40 pm #44

I caught up with documentaries on World War Two decades after the events, and I will say this:



--the atrocities  as described  disturbed and chilled me to the bone, even when revealed to me via  a low-resolution, black and white TV of the very late 60s period.

I saw the Exorcist at least two decades after it came out, but none of the intended horror-instillation ever came close to the mental images conjured up in my mind when compared to the real War descriptions, , in terms of true Horror:


---the same is true today.

So much for the 'true Horror ' of Exorcist best realized on the 1973 release.
'the horror..............THE HORROR!'


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geralmar
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April 16th, 2018, 8:05 pm #45

skull island escapee wrote: The most over-rated frightfilm in movie History, in my view: I was too young to get in to see it in '73, however I waited until the 20th Anniversary to see it properly, up on the big screen [here it was even banned on home video at that time, adding to the mystique.]

In sheer disappontment terms, I put this on par with the Kong turkey remake of 1976. [although that was  a far  bigger criminal waste of resources than Exorcist, which looks modestly, or reasonably  budgeted ] .

I made a point of being alert throughout the running time, but in all honestly I can hardly remember anything about the entire film, other than the very good spinning head Linda Blair stuff, and the projectile vomiting. The quality of the film looked pretty grainy to me as well, I recall. Sort of like souped up 16mm--maybe they strove for a more realistic 'documentary effect' in some of the shots?

I am not trying to be sensational writing this, I am just recording my true thoughts on this film: I fail to see what all the fuss is about regarding this films' unfathomable [to me] stature.
I would edit out the "embeds"  (insect buzzes, the skeleton that flashes on the screen) intended to upset the audience on the subconscious level.  ("Buy Coca-Cola.")  They imply that Friedkin didn't have enough confidence in his own abilities to frighten and so resorted to psychological "cheats."   I would also take out the "spiderwalk" inserted in the "expanded" version since that was obviously swiped from Il demonio (1963), which did it better.

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