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Old August 2 2009, 10:16 PM   #35
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Re: Just saw the scariest 20 minutes in cinema history.

Neroon wrote: View Post
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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.
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I'm not religious, I think that does it.
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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 propaganda.

It pretended to be "fair and balanced," but it wasn't.

The Exorcist, 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.
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