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Maybe I saw it too late, but I am Catholic, and found the film one of the most disappointing I've ever seen.Rick wrote: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.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'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.
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.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.