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"What An Excellent Day For An Exorcism"

I saw the Exorcist when I was about 8 years old.  That did it for me. 

It seems "horror" is interpreted to each of us differently.

I guess I lean toward older or more suspenseful films.  Slasher films never really did much for me.  Psycho, Night of the Living Dead, Dracula, The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Evil Dead, Halloween - all classics.  Many bloody and suspenseful thrillers have come out, but nothing scared the hell out of me more than The Exorcist.

failedexperiment failedexperiment 31-35, M 15 Responses Apr 26, 2009

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The Exorcist was the first horror movie I ever saw - The first time I didnt watch past the point where she flips and walks the stairs... Yikes. <br />
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Your debate was highly amusing because thats exactly what scared the sh*t out of me - I used to freak out coz I imagined it was my little sister possessed. Gah, I dont even like typing that... damn this over active imagination.

BleuJean - The Omen has a special place in my heart too. Especially when I learned that Richard Donner tried to make it seem like all of the events could have been just an odd string of coincidences - instead of just having Damien being the Antichrist. (It also helped that when I was a kid my parents let me be Damien for Halloween one year.)<br />
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And how can you go wrong with Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Patrick Troughton, and Billie Whitelaw?

Tate - not sure if it's urban legend or not, but having a whole floor closed off like that would be pretty creepy in most cases.<br />
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Now if only we could pump in some of the blood that poured from the elevators in The Shining. And maybe the girls in the hall could be candy stripers?

I always thought The Omen was scarier than the Exorcist, but that's just me. The Thing is amazing too, one of my favorites.

Loved your debate on the Exorcist! Yay for you! <br />
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You know I tried to read the book of the Exorcist but I really couldn't get into it. I wanted to know what Regan said in Latin when she was possessed, but I never really found out! Do you know what it meant? <br />
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I always mocked the part where Father Damian saw his dead mother in Regans room saying "Dime why.....why you do this to me" it always freaked my mother out when I did it after watching the movie and she went to the restroom and came back to the bedroom where we were watching it.<br />
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Lol...............sorry I just had to share!

zombie flicks are also my faves... dawn of the dead wuz da best....

Exorcism of Emily Rose was pretty good. And John Carpenter's The Thing - Yes! That was more psychological. It was effects-heavy, but it was mostly the monster. The shot of Richard Dysart getting his arms bitten off was a lot to see when I was a kid though. Predator 2 and the Alien Resurrection movie didn't do much for me, but the others were good for a chill.

"the thing" was a favorite. i thought john carpenter had something going with that movie. they almost made a sequel but i dont know what happened. i also love the Halloween series. The Saw movies are also a fav but they effin killed it with soo many sequels coming out soo fast.<br />
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-aliens series<br />
-predator 1 and 2<br />
-The Hills Have Eyes

The argument went something like this:<br />
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Coworkers: "Saw" is the scariest movie ever made.<br />
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Me: It was good, but I wouldn't say scariest ever. What about The Exorcist?<br />
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Coworkers: What? That's an OLD movie. That wasn't scary.<br />
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Me: You didn't think it was scary?<br />
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Coworkers: A little.<br />
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Me: Saw was just a story about a psycho who manipulates others into doing horrific things to other people as a form of punishment. There's been a few movies like that before, right?<br />
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Coworkers: Yeah.<br />
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Me: Do you believe in God?<br />
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Coworkers: Yeah.<br />
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Me: Do you believe in the Devil?<br />
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Coworkers: Yeah.<br />
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Me: Do any of you take your kids to church?<br />
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Coworkers: Yeah.<br />
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Me: So the thought of coming home to your kids being taken over by the Devil, killing people, speaking in tongue, causing unholy events to take place in your house, and losing their immortal soul - you don't think that'd be scary?<br />
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Coworkers: Well, I didn't have kids when I saw it.<br />
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Me: Watch it again and imagine it's happening to your daughter.<br />
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Coworkers: NO!<br />
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Me: Why not? We hear about psychos like the guy in Saw in the news. Wouldn't you be a bit more freaked out if you heard a story about a girl being possessed by the devil?<br />
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Coworkers: Of course, that's just - <br />
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Me: Yeeessssssss?<br />
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Coworkers: Shut up.

Wow The Exorcist! I saw that when I was 12 yrs old and watched it alone too! It rates #1 for me as the scariest movie I have ever seen. I also like more suspense thriller type movies over the slasher type films! Did you see The Exorcism of Emily Rose? That was a pretty good movie and based on a true story also just like the original Exorcist movie.

The Exorcist will always be a classic. Not surprised you won the fight. How did the argument progress :D? I don't remember much of the Blair Witch Project, as I was quite young when I saw it. I only remember lots of periods of swearing. Interesting to know that you laughed your *** off at it though!

Xaphire - I actually had a fight with several coworkers who didn't think The Exorcist was scary. They grew up with Nightmare on Elm Street and other slasher films.<br />
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I won the fight.<br />
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And yes, it still kind of scares the hell out of me.

fungirl - You put the Exorcist in the same category as Blair Witch Project? I'm curious what is was that freaked you out. Maybe I'm biased because an old roommate of mine had just gotten dumped and wanted nothing more than to drink wine and watch a bad movie. Since the rental places were closed she went to a 24 hour Walgreen's and bought Blair Witch on VHS. (Yes, I just showed my age.) We just drank wine and laughed our ***** off, so maybe your viewing circumstances were different.

OMG! I totaly agree with you! The Exorcist is the only movie that still scares me today. I can't even watch it alone without having nightmares about it......lol! I love horror movies as well but nothing really compares to the Exorcist.

OMG I can't have the Exorcist movie in my house because it scared the hell out of me as a kid. I can't have Briar Witch Project in my house because it freaks me out.