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What the hell 'possessed' me to watch this alone?,
This review is from: The Exorcist: 25th Anniversary Special Edition [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I'm not kidding. I am a grown woman, have seen hundreds of horror movies, and even watching this in the middle of the day when it was sunny outside it gave me chills. In fact, a couple of scenes (like the head spinning) scared me so bad I almost started to CRY. I saw this movie on TV when I was in high school and for some reason it scared me WAY more now. The documentary was excellent, and I finally got to see the notorious "spider-walk" scene that was cut out. I wanted to see this part for a long time, ever since I heard about it, but I didn't think I'd get to because I don't have a DVD player. I was thrilled that it was included, but YEEEESH it gave me the creeps. I think it was a great idea to re-master the sound, as the sound is one of the most frightening aspects of the movie. It rightly deserved the 1973 Academy Award for best sound. Her voice is creepy enough, but these horrible animal-like sounds come out of this little girl that make every hair on your body stand on end. I also didn't think upon a second viewing that I would find any scenes shocking as it takes a lot to shock me, and I am not exaggerating. Well, the scene with the crucifix made my jaw drop and I had to cover up my eyes, I couldn't watch! ( if you are easily shocked I would seriously recommend either fast-forwarding or NOT looking during this scene). What's also interesting in the documentary is hearing about how rough a shoot it was. Evidently Friedkin is not very well-liked by most of the actors who have worked with him, and you will find out they have good cause for this. But I have to admit, he got results, and this is one HELL of a great movie.
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Initial post: Sep 22, 2014 7:27:36 PM PDT
Silicon Valley Girl says:
Great review!!! And your last line made me laugh :-)
Posted on Oct 16, 2014 9:15:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2014 9:49:15 AM PDT
Proud Hardy Hater says:
Regarding your review of The Exorcist:
REALLY making the demon's voice frightening was actress Mercedes McCambridge, known as best actress on radio, Academy Award winner (Best Supporting Actress for 1949, All the King's Men) was recovered alcoholic, destitute, when did voice, UNCREDITED, for a few hundred dollars. Studio let notion pass around Linda Blair did it (one critic said "this child with a voice a cross between Orson Welles and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir") seemed shoo-in for Oscar herself until art critics of Los Angles Times, Charles Champlin thought recognized her voice, sought her out, got story. Scandal forced studio to give her credit, small percentage on soundtrack album, her voice been major attraction.
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