Oct 1, The Exorcist (1973): http://youtu.be/-Es2DRp-ufA
William Friedkin has managed to not only direct a timeless film, but also one of the most frightening films of all time. You know the plot, you know the scares, you know the film backwards and forwards, yet with each viewing, chills still run up and down your spine. And you are not alone. Not only is the film terrifying, but rumors of the film being cursed, resulting in several mishaps during filming, only add to it’s legend. The opening moments of the film find Father Lancaster Merrin digging up ruins in Iraq, where he finds a broken idol that he immediately recognizes as the Demon Pazuzu, whom Merrin has done battle with before. This is done with minimal dialogue, and zero exposition, but through the cinematography, and score, we just know that this is a tense moment. From there, we meet the Macneil family and witness the change in Regan after playing with an Ouija board. As her outbursts become more horrific, slowly we become more and more certain that Regan is possessed. In brief flashes do we see the face of the demon(pictured above), hinting of his influence just below the surface. I always thought that these brief glimpses were the scariest part of the film…but apparently most people find this scarier.