I think that one of the things that plays into whether you find movies like "Excorcist" or "Omen" frightening, is if you believe in the powers depicted in the movie. I find both movies utterly terrifying, but primarily because I believe in the existence of demons, and the potential existence of an "anti-christ" If those things aren't real to you, they really won't frighten you much in a movie.
I'm not religious, I think that does it.
I am also a nonbeliever, so perhaps there is some merit to the point. I'd have to think of other examples of religious-based horror and whether they scared me or not...
I was about to say something to the same effect. The fact that I a believer is why I was outright frightened by "The Exorcist".
The belief added to the air of possibility, which is what scares me more than anything else. Not that a film such as "Alien" isn't likewise effective, just not as much.
I really like both The Exorcist
and Rosemary's Baby
, though more as dramas than as horror films. The Omen
is pretty good, too.
But I really disliked The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Not because it was religious propaganda--The Exorcist
is conservative-religious propaganda to its core, but it's a brilliant film.
What I disliked about The Exorcism of Emily Rose
is that, first, it just wasn't a very good movie, and second, I thought it was dishonest
It pretended to be "fair and balanced," but it wasn't.
, by contrast, makes no hypocritical pretence of giving the liberal-secular view a "fair hearing." Its intent was to scare people back to church.
I don't care for that message--but then, I don't care for the message of Triumph of the Will
, either. And I have a copy of that movie in my DVD collection as well.