Friday, April 08, 2011

The 30 Day Film Challenge Day 7

Day 7 of the 30 Day Film Challenge isn't so lucky - not when you consider film content. My choice for the scariest film I've ever seen is The Exorcist. It still chills me to the bone harder than any other film out there.

I've heard too many people claim this film isn't scary or even laugh at it. I can only shake my head and say it sucks to be them not to be affected in some way by such a traumatic story.

It isn't so much the possession that scares me - it's the deterioration of a young girl's soul, whatever you think the cause might be. It's not the bedroom scenes that scares me the most - it's the medical procedures, especially the spinal tap (shudder). That's only a a hint of what's to come. And a hint is often more frightening than the real thing.

Just to make sure this post isn't all gloom and doom, I'll share a lighthearted story about The Exorcist (I'll let the irony of that phrase sink in for a second.)

My dad saw this film in its original release. Like most people, he came out of the theater rattled. So what's the first thing that he hears on the radio once he turns on his car? "Tubular Bells."


1 comment:

David M. Allen M.D. said...

Other than the occasional shock like the sudden appearance of the shark in Jaws, I haven't gotten really scared at the movies since I was a kid. Back then, the original "House on Haunted Hill" was so scary I watched some of it from the door to the theater auditorium!