Thursday, October 20, 2005

Best Horror Movie Moments (Third in a Series for the Halloween Season)

excrawl William Friedkin's adaptation of William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist remains to this day, in my opinion, one of the most compelling films - as well as one of the most effective horror films - of all time. Released in 1973, The Exorcist freaked out a generation and caused major hysteria through out the country (as well as making buckets of money for Warner Brother's Studios).

While the film boasted great special effects (for the time), the real power of The Exorcist was that we were introduced to characters we cared about, and then watched as their lives were turned inexplicably upside down. You see, the movie was more than about the scares; (of which their were plenty) it was about the story...

In 2000, the studio re-released the film with a cleaned up soundtrack, a few extra scenes and a new title, "The Exorcist, The Version You've Never Seen". One of the added scenes was the legendary 'spider walk' where-in little Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair - actually a body double for Blair) does a quick, creepy arachnid scuttle down the steps of the stairs of the house she and her mother are sharing in Georgetown, and boy-howdy, does that scene make the blood run cold.

In the theatre where I saw the movie during it's re-release, people actually gasped when the spider walk was shown.

Then again, there are only about a dozen other equally great moments in The Exorcist, but for whatever reason, this one really got under my skin...

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