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(Do You Remember)   40 years later, The Exorcist is actually pretty damn funny   (doyouremember.com) divider line 79
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2013-08-22 12:41:35 PM  
farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2013-08-22 01:12:04 PM  
That was a pretty damn terrible article ploy for clicks
 
2013-08-22 01:14:42 PM  
Scared the shiat out of me when I was 13
 
2013-08-22 01:15:32 PM  
Uh...no. I don't think there is a single laugh available in the entire movie.
 
2013-08-22 01:16:03 PM  
Every time I see her bouncing on the bed I think of that harlem shake parody someone made on youtube.  Now that was funny.
 
2013-08-22 01:16:48 PM  
I watched it about 6 months ago, and caught the Pazuzu face frame for the first time. Even though I've seen the flick about 10 times, it still startled me.
 
2013-08-22 01:17:53 PM  
It didn't take forty years, The Exorcist has always been funny.
 
2013-08-22 01:21:18 PM  
Who doesn't laugh when the 12-year old girl is violently jamming a crucifix into her bloody crotch?
 
2013-08-22 01:21:42 PM  
What's hilarious is that the Catholic church actually believed people could become possessed by demons. Then again I suppose priests had to have some excuse why little boys looked so sexy to them. Don't blame me, blame this demon boner that has possessed me.
 
2013-08-22 01:25:38 PM  
watched at the right time of night, during a storm if possible, the movie is still scary.

any other time...  pure furking comedy.  I laugh my behind off every time she screams "yer mother sucks c0ck5 in HELL!"
 
2013-08-22 01:26:58 PM  
I didn't see it until I was a sophmore in college, and by that time I had seen endless pics, stories, parodies, and whatever....which had pretty much rendered the film unscary.

In fact, the audience either cheered or roared with laughter at most the film.  It was actually fun!  Never saw it with an audience full of terrified, screaming people though....which does obviously have some effect on everyone's tension level.

/oddly enough, at 11yrs old watching The Omega Man scared me shiatless.
 
2013-08-22 01:29:08 PM  
I remember catholic kids freaking out and crying at the drive in and having to be driven out, and throwing up and losing their shait during this movie. 
 I remember sitting there watching all this in the 70s, and thinking man, Catholics are seriously farked up people
 
2013-08-22 01:29:54 PM  
The more devoutly Catlick one is, the more horrifying the film gets.

/my observation as an almost-completely-reformed Catlick.
//think the film is almost as hysterical (in all definitions) as Betelgeuse nowadays.
///currently hold the (lonely) opinion that part III (even with all of of the flaws brought on by one of the roughest post-production periods of any horror film yet-to-this-day produced) is the best of the entire series of 5.
 
2013-08-22 01:30:46 PM  
Apparently I'm so out of touch with these "old stuff is so dumb" kids that their fancy website doesn't even support my browser.
 
2013-08-22 01:32:42 PM  

Sinbox: ///currently hold the (lonely) opinion that part III (even with all of of the flaws brought on by one of the roughest post-production periods of any horror film yet-to-this-day produced) is the best of the entire series of 5.


there are 5 exorcist movies??

/had no idea
 
2013-08-22 01:34:25 PM  
 ...as does Betelgeuse...

/syntax improvement
 
2013-08-22 01:35:19 PM  

Sinbox: The more devoutly Catlick one is, the more horrifying the film gets.


I dunno; I'm not Catholic at all and I think it's a pretty horrifying film. I don't believe in vampires either, but "Dracula" still has its moments.
 
2013-08-22 01:38:13 PM  

ristst: The Omega Man scared me shiatless.


Don't tell me being stuck as the last man on earth with a foxy sister is scary.
I was 11 too, but I god wood when she moved.
 
2013-08-22 01:41:48 PM  
I've never seen it. Why does she have a tube up her nose in that GIF where she's vomiting on the priest?
 
2013-08-22 01:42:13 PM  

frepnog: Sinbox: ///currently hold the (lonely) opinion that part III (even with all of of the flaws brought on by one of the roughest post-production periods of any horror film yet-to-this-day produced) is the best of the entire series of 5.

there are 5 exorcist movies??

/had no idea


yep.
1. The Exorcist (1973) (d. William Friedkin)
2. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) (d. John Boorman)
3. The Exorcist III (1990) (d. William Peter Blatty)
4. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) (d. Renny Harlin)
5. Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist (2005) (d. Paul Schrader)

Actually 5 1/2 (with the half being The 2000 theatrical re-release of the original stuffed with extra bells and whistles and cut scenes as The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen Before.
 
2013-08-22 01:47:08 PM  

Sinbox: frepnog: Sinbox: ///currently hold the (lonely) opinion that part III (even with all of of the flaws brought on by one of the roughest post-production periods of any horror film yet-to-this-day produced) is the best of the entire series of 5.

there are 5 exorcist movies??

/had no idea

yep.
1. The Exorcist (1973) (d. William Friedkin)
2. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) (d. John Boorman)
3. The Exorcist III (1990) (d. William Peter Blatty)
4. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) (d. Renny Harlin)
5. Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist (2005) (d. Paul Schrader)

Actually 5 1/2 (with the half being The 2000 theatrical re-release of the original stuffed with extra bells and whistles and cut scenes as The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen Before.


What about Repossessed?
 
2013-08-22 01:54:14 PM  
real_headhoncho:

What about Repossessed?

I have the faintest of faint memories of renting  that (on VHS!) from a video store(!!) way the hell* back in the day. But I can't recall if I dug it or not. I see that there are enough individually clips from it on Youtube that one claim to all-but watch it in its entirety. I might just do that tonight.


*no pun was meant to be intended or should be inferred.
 
2013-08-22 01:55:11 PM  

Cybernetic: I've never seen it. Why does she have a tube up her nose in that GIF where she's vomiting on the priest?


She's on oxygen.
 
2013-08-22 01:55:30 PM  

Sinbox: The more devoutly Catlick one is, the more horrifying the film gets.


That's true in my observation, also. "The Exorcist" has *always* been hilarious. But to my Catholic friends, it's pretty terrifying. Catholics tend to get WAY more freaked-out by horror movies in general.

Interestingly, they don't seem to be bothered by gore. It's the supernatural/demonic stuff that really gets to them. Which makes perfect sense, if you know what Catholicism is all about.
 
2013-08-22 01:56:46 PM  

Sinbox: real_headhoncho:

What about Repossessed?

I have the faintest of faint memories of renting  that (on VHS!) from a video store(!!) way the hell* back in the day. But I can't recall if I dug it or not. I see that there are enough individually clips from it on Youtube that one claim to all-but watch it in its entirety. I might just do that tonight.


*no pun was meant to be intended or should be inferred.


I've seen it.  It is pretty horrible.  Not quite "White Chicks" (the wayans brother movie) bad, but pretty unwatchable.
 
2013-08-22 01:58:32 PM  

Sinbox: frepnog: Sinbox: ///currently hold the (lonely) opinion that part III (even with all of of the flaws brought on by one of the roughest post-production periods of any horror film yet-to-this-day produced) is the best of the entire series of 5.

there are 5 exorcist movies??

/had no idea

yep.
1. The Exorcist (1973) (d. William Friedkin)
2. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) (d. John Boorman)
3. The Exorcist III (1990) (d. William Peter Blatty)
4. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) (d. Renny Harlin)
5. Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist (2005) (d. Paul Schrader)

Actually 5 1/2 (with the half being The 2000 theatrical re-release of the original stuffed with extra bells and whistles and cut scenes as The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen Before.


4) and 5) are attempts to make the same movie by two different directors.

And the best thing to come out of the Exorcist was The Ninth Configuration, written and directed by William Peter Blatty.
 
2013-08-22 01:59:21 PM  
First time I ever saw the Exorcist I was 9 years old in Houston during Hurricane Alicia. The combination of the movie, and hurrican scared the crap out of me before the power went away.

Oh and my mom and my gay uncle sent me to the corner store before the power went out for cigarettes and Ice for their margaritas right as the damn hurricane started. A-holes


I know  CSB, but true
 
2013-08-22 01:59:35 PM  
The movie lost some of its luster for me when i stopped believing in the devil.
 
2013-08-22 02:00:14 PM  
scariest image of my childhood
www.retrocrush.com
 
2013-08-22 02:02:26 PM  
one can claim...

individual ...

someonelse: I dunno; I'm not Catholic at all and I think it's a pretty horrifying film.


I never meant to imply  that non-believers couldn't or didn't. Only that believers felt it was more so. I mean there were people of the Catholic faith who at the time of the film's initial release felt (and very publicly stated so) that the film's reels themselves were terrifying and contained evil. You generally didn't (and still don't to this day) get those kinds of overwrought expressions of belief from non-Catholics.
 
2013-08-22 02:05:04 PM  

frepnog: watched at the right time of night, during a storm if possible, the movie is still scary.

any other time...  pure furking comedy.  I laugh my behind off every time she screams "yer mother sucks c0ck5 in HELL!"


s.mcstatic.com

"Ain't nobody talk 'bout my Mama!"
 
2013-08-22 02:11:07 PM  
I saw it with a group a few years ago when it was theatrically rereleased. We all laughed when Ritalin was mentioned.
 
2013-08-22 02:17:52 PM  

Sinbox: one can claim...

individual ...

someonelse: I dunno; I'm not Catholic at all and I think it's a pretty horrifying film.

I never meant to imply  that non-believers couldn't or didn't. Only that believers felt it was more so. I mean there were people of the Catholic faith who at the time of the film's initial release felt (and very publicly stated so) that the film's reels themselves were terrifying and contained evil. You generally didn't (and still don't to this day) get those kinds of overwrought expressions of belief from non-Catholics.


Reactions vary based on where you live as well.
 
2013-08-22 02:18:14 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: 4) and 5) are attempts to make the same movie by two different directors.


Indeed. In fact one wouldn't be entire untruthful if one were to list the director of 5) as the co-director of 4).

Dwight_Yeast: And the best thing to come out of the Exorcist was The Ninth Configuration, written and directed by William Peter Blatty.


To which I say, "Preach it, Father Dwight! Preach it loudly and often!"
 
2013-08-22 02:22:16 PM  
I too saw the theatrical re-release a few years back. I don't remember it being very funny except for when the doctor lights up a cigarette in his hospital office. That definitely got a huge laugh. It's still funny to think about.
 
2013-08-22 02:23:12 PM  
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2013-08-22 02:26:17 PM  

thatguyoverthere70: I too saw the theatrical re-release a few years back. I don't remember it being very funny except for when the doctor lights up a cigarette in his hospital office. That definitely got a huge laugh. It's still funny to think about.


it takes the right kind of person to view it as a comedy.  for instance, I view the devil's rejects as one of the funniest movies ever made.  it is in no way a comedy.  Otis and Baby just crack me up.

/the prison killin' scenes in Breaking Bad are goddamned hilarious.
 
2013-08-22 02:28:06 PM  
I fail to see the humor.

In the movie or TFA.
 
2013-08-22 02:36:24 PM  

Mateorocks: Uh...no. I don't think there is a single laugh available in the entire movie.


Are you kidding?  The crucifix masturbation scene?  "Let Jesus fark you!"  I don't know about you, but that shiat cracked me up when I was a kid.
 
2013-08-22 02:39:07 PM  

thatguyoverthere70: I too saw the theatrical re-release a few years back. I don't remember it being very funny except for when the doctor lights up a cigarette in his hospital office. That definitely got a huge laugh. It's still funny to think about.


Heh. What's not funny to think about is the added scene of her running down the stairs like an upside down crab, spewing blood everywhere. I never thought the movie was particularly "scary" until I saw the re-release.
 
2013-08-22 02:42:15 PM  
We talked the teacher into letting us watch it in our senior year religion class.

/World Religions
//TV got turned around for the crucifix scene.
 
2013-08-22 02:51:39 PM  

Mateorocks: What's not funny to think about is the added scene of her running down the stairs like an upside down crab, spewing blood everywhere.


oh come on.  that is like a Monty Python sketch.  just hilarious, and the effect is just so piss-poor.
 
2013-08-22 02:55:23 PM  
A number of years ago at our local sci-fi con (Rising Star), the guy who got stuff for our charity auction managed to get a hold of Linda Blair and asked her to donate something.

She autographed two cans of pea soup and sent them to us...

/Raised some serious $$$
//Absolutely hilarious...
 
2013-08-22 02:55:43 PM  
I just walked up and down those stairs a couple days ago.  Still very creepy.
 
2013-08-22 02:56:27 PM  

mentallo69: scariest image of my childhood
[www.retrocrush.com image 550x367]


I was in high school when that came out. I have to say, I've seen Exorcist 3 a few times, and it's a damn effective and engrossing horror movie.
 
2013-08-22 03:12:30 PM  
Craziest thing to me was the makeup job on von Sydow.  Exorcist was before my time, but had watched it as as a teen.  Then I saw Needful Things when it came out and thought, shiat, he must be 100 by now. Turned out he was 43 when the filmed it.  But I totally bought, and still do when I watch, that he was close to 80.
 
2013-08-22 03:16:39 PM  
"This demon is really hitting my G-Spot right now."

Yes, it's hilarious to sexualize a 13-year-old girl.
 
2013-08-22 03:25:56 PM  

vudukungfu: ristst: The Omega Man scared me shiatless.

Don't tell me being stuck as the last man on earth with a foxy sister is scary.
I was 11 too, but I god wood when she moved.


Wasn't so much being stuck with Rosalind Cash, it was Anthony Zerba and all the creepy homicidal maniancs.  The scene where Richie rides his scooter to the stadium to talk peace, and they find him later all brutally murdered kinda had me hiding behind the couch.

And nope...at 11yrs old I got no wood from that film.  Now...a couple years later when Wonder Woman aired....
 
2013-08-22 03:28:50 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: "This demon is really hitting my G-Spot right now."

Yes, it's hilarious to sexualize a 13-year-old girl.


we talking about the exorcist here?  because she was never sexualized.  it was total black comedy.

come on, dude.  let jesus fark you.
 
2013-08-22 03:48:27 PM  

frepnog: Mike Chewbacca: "This demon is really hitting my G-Spot right now."

Yes, it's hilarious to sexualize a 13-year-old girl.

we talking about the exorcist here?  because she was never sexualized.  it was total black comedy.

come on, dude.  let jesus fark you.


No one is saying that the movie isn't a black comedy. That worthless article, however, is making G-Spot jokes about a 13-year-old girl. Man, let jesus give you a brain.
 
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