L13FC: 1970s Horror Movies

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IMDb cites The Exorcist (204.57mil) as the third highest grossing movie of the decade let alone the HORROR GENRE. We could have guessed that. Defining a horror movie has changed since the 1970s. Shouldn’t they be scary? Not necessarily. Creepy was more like it. Playing upon a phobia was popular in the 1970s like the fear of rats (Willard) or attacking bees (The Swarm) or a single animal that went berzerk like King Kong or Jaws. Shift the focus to Science Fiction and either space is a horrifying place (Alien) or earth is a destination spot such as the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Since I was a little girl, a horror movie involved vampires, mummies, and weird scientists bringing back the dead.  As a teenager, eroticism became a factor when I watched handsome Frank Langella stalking his prey in a swirl of fog on the big screen. Respected actors weren’t afraid to give credence to the horror film like Sir Lawrence Olivier crying over his gored Mina in Dracula or Gregory Peck in The Omen. Of course, careers boosted or began because of the genre: Jamie Lee Curtis, Sissy Spacek, Sigourney Weaver, Bruno Ganz, Jeff Goldblum, Roy Schneider, James Brolin, Donald Sutherland, Roddy McDowell, and Richard Burton to name a few.

Welcome, Kevin, aka Jack Death, who specializes in 1960s/1970s cinema and frequently appears as a guest host around the blogosphere. I’m much obliged you agreed to share your wealth of knowledge!

Kevin’s thoughts:

I favor those shiny nuggets told without splashy fanfare or aplomb. While settling firmly in the “Required Viewing” category. Such as Herk Harvey‘s shot on a shoestring, Carnival of Souls. And George A. Romero‘s B&W back yard Classic, Night of The Living Dead. Where mood, atmosphere, and shadow replace dialogue and special effects to move the tale to its conclusion. To that end. Allow me a few moments of your time to reach deep into my Bag of Treats and reward the night’s collection of ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties, And things that go Bump in the night with:

#3: Deranged: I caught this little 82-minute gem at a Dusk ’til Dawn marathon at a drive-in between Jacksonville and Little Rock, Arkansas back in 1974. And was intrigued by its frugality and neatly trimmed approach in telling the tale of a seriously sick puppy, murderer, grave robber and experimenter with dead things, Ed Gein. The Ghoul of Plainfield, Wisconsin during the 1950s. Creepily, if not memorably brought to life by second stringer, Roberts Blossom as Ezra Cobb. Who lives alone of his family’s farm. With many rural locales around Ontario, Canada filling in nicely for those wooded, foggy surrounding stomping grounds. And has some strange things hidden, preserved and going on in one of its barns.

#2: Daughters of Darkness: An “Art House Flick”… If you can call the basement of the Student Union Building at Maryland U an “Art House”. An intriguing, plush, lush and seductive piece of 1971 storytelling along the French coast of Ostend and Bruges. Where a recently married couple, Stefan (John Karlen) and frigid blonde, Valerie (Danielle Ouimet) are the only guests at a seaside resort during the fall off-season awaiting a ferry to England. Only to have fate intercede with the late night arrival of the mysterious Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory (Delphine Seyrig). Who hasn’t aged a day since her last visit forty years ago? And her “secretary”, Ilona (Andrea Rau). Who, over dinner take an interest in Valerie and her something of a stiff, sadistic, privileged British prick of a husband, Stefan.

The tale travels at its own moody, atmospheric and often eerie pace as the Countess focuses on Valerie. And Ilona chooses Stephan. Then slowly begins to tighten as police begin to notice when the fruits of their pursuit of eternal youth begin showing up in the towns and nearby burghs.

Precipitating a situation of “Flight versus Fight” for The Countess and recently widowed Valerie. And an ending no one sees coming!

Which leaves the top slot open to a film which came out of left field. Arrived under cover of darkness to about six theaters between Maryland and North Carolina for two weeks before moving on in the summer of 1975. Perceived at first glance to be just another Hammer film, due to its cast. Yet proved to be so much more!

#1: The Wicker Man: Whereby the book, Sergeant Howie is sent to the Hebridean isle of Summerisle to investigate an anonymous letter regarding a missing girl. And is taken aback by the island’s agrarian population hasn’t entered the 20th century. And has given up Christianity for Celtic paganism.

Which rattles Howie. A devout Catholic and lay minister as he follows leads about the missing girl, Rowan Morison. Who Howie believes may be this year’s May Queen. And is in grave danger. While being led by the nose and distracted by Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, and Ingrid Pitt. Before a final, roundabout tete a tete with Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee) which leaves more questions than answers. As Howie makes a last ditch attempt to find and free Rowan. Dons the waiting costume of Punch. A fool. And joins the island’s May procession…

Cindy thoughts:

What element of the horror film do you prefer the most and which 1970s film is a great example? For me, it’s Nosferatu the Vampyer(1979). Werner Herzog‘s use of real light cinematography and Klaus Kinski as the Count gives it an elegant, cold composition. It’s not scary. It drags a little at times, but I love that superstitious, Eastern European mountain setting and the actor Bruno Ganz.

Can you recall a scene from a horror film from the 1970s that has scarred your memory? Donald Sutherland‘s tell-tale silent scream at the climax of Invasion of the Body SnatchersI see vividly in my mind’s eye like it was 1978. What about David Lynch’s midnight, cult-classic, Eraserhead? It is black and white surrealism at it’s best; what better way to create horror than to focus on the theme of alienation? Society dictates traditional values such as the devotion to the family, when in fact, most childhoods are disappointing, and for many, quite painful. Society honors the miracle of birth, when in fact, it’s a gooey, bloody mess. Finally, parenthood is a marker for true adulthood but babies seem like foreign creatures and the responsibilities are so overwhelming. It’s the irony that’s the key–anyone can become a parent–but exposing the intrinsic fear of the whole process of birth, it is a fear deeper than any other life event, except for the moment of death, that makes the film brilliant.

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    1. Ha! Welcome, Kim. It has a Texas Chain Saw Massacre vibe–the low budget aspect and the inhuman torturer. I confess it’s not my cup of tea. I’d prefer a good ol’ Dracula movie. 😉

    2. Welcome, kmSalvatore:

      And thank you for starting the conversation.

      Deranged is a moody, eerie and creepy little gem that was part of the low budget, organic early 1970s deluge of films coming in on the coat tails of Charles B. Pierce and his The Legend of Boggy Creek, The Town That Dreaded Sundown and The Evictors .

      If you are curious about Ed Gein. Deranged offers a pretty well detailed perspective of what made him tick.

  1. I think you two have named are definitive of the genre…though I’m trying to remember if ‘Deranged’ was one I saw, or just forced myself to forget. That trailer is a masterwork of creepy. Everything else mention has been seen at least once. The two remakes Cindy referred to, ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ and ‘Nosferatu’, are some of the best at reimagining classics for a new age and generation of viewers, for sure. Quite a list for a grand subject in this month’s L13FC. Kudos.

      1. Well, the MPAA under Jack Valenti during this period instituted a system of voluntary film ratings in order to limit censorship of Hollywood films. Hence, these dark classics got what you noted…which, for sure, would be rated far differently today.

        1. Oh, and the PG-13 rating didn’t come into effect till the next decade over, which was ushered in as a reaction to the George Lucas-Steven Spielberg blockbuster, ‘Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom’. 😉

          1. ‘Red Dawn’ was the first PG-13 in 1984, right? I remember thinking Temple of Doom was pushing the envelope for prepubescents. Have you noticed how far PG-13 has come? Fifteen years ago a PG-13 film would have been designated R.

          2. Hi, Michael:

            The MPAA Rating System and local state censors often affected films I saw decades ago and what is allowed now. Deranged was whittled on a bit around “the family dinner”.
            And another guilty pleasure, the very well intentioned and executed spoof, Flesh Gordon lost around a minute of action towards the end.

            And Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom should have come with a “Whine Warning!” every time Kate Capshaw (Mrs. Spielberg) opened her mouth other than to breathe!

        2. A good point, Michael. To add, generally speaking, I’d say Jaws(PG), Nosferatu The Vampyre (PG), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers(PG) are creepy but not that scary while the explosive slasher films (Texas Chainsaw) with R ratings get the gasps, but so many are forgettable. I prefer the former to the latter. Of course, the best of them all combine an interesting story line, the violent act, with accompanying music. (Carrie, The Exorcist, The Shining (1980).

    1. Cindy does have two superlative remakes, Michael. While Lynch;s Eraserhead creepily tickles the hackles on the back of your neck as each moment is stranger than the last.

      Nostferatu excels in reinvigorating Murnau’s use of shadow and letting you mind supply the fright and creepiness of vampiric violence. Where Langella’s later Dracula sexualized those moments.

        1. Great catch with make-up or a mask which would have never worked with Mr. Langella!

          John Badham’s Dracula put Frank Langella on the map, cinematically. And the handsome, seductive and sexualized vampire seemed to be a huge hit with the ladies.

          I’m surprised to see that this version’s Jonathan Harker (Trevor Eve) would later be Cold Case Inspector Peter Boyd of the long running (2001-2011) BBC series, Waking The Dead ,

  2. Hi Cindy/Kevin. Thanks for the post. I’ll check the Deranged trailer out later (I’m currently at work and shouldn’t be reading, let alone watching videos!).
    I’m no horror aficionado but I like The Wicker Man because I find that particular strain of Pagan, folky weirdness unsettling, and it’s quite common for the 70s I think. One or two modern films have done it really well, such as Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, which owes a lot to the original Wicker Man. It’s there in Peter Strickland’s films, too, although Berberian Sound Studio is more concerned with Italian giallo.

    I actually found myself in the same village a year or two ago that Sgt Howie arrives in by boat at the start of the film. It’s a picturesque, quiet and beautiful place, and thankfully I didn’t see any animal masks. Coincidentally I’d just watched TWM a few weeks beforehand.

    Generally the films that scare me from the 70s the most are the Devil/Satanism-related horrors. I finally plucked up the courage to watch The Exorcist two months ago and it didn’t disappoint. I had a lot of nightmares as a teenager after watching The Omen, so that put me off watching other similar films for years. I’m over it now, though!

    1. Stu, so glad you are goofing off at work and came by to comment. I saw Exorcist and The Omen 2x –what is it with demonic children? A taboo, methinks. I can’t handle the satanic element in horror films. Crazy animals or men, okay, I can fight my way out. But the idea of Satan possessing you (same logic in the 80s when Nightmare on Elm St. arrives) is too unsettling. Too bad the remake of The Wicker Man with N. Cage didn’t work out effectively. I thought the Canadian setting and Ellen B. perfect in the role, but the eeriness didn’t carry over. Too bad, it’s a great story!

    2. Hi, Stu:

      Great catch with the organic creepiness and off putting aspects of Summerisle and The Wicker Man . Who ever sees tadpoles in jars for sale at the local Apothecary?… And how often do you see little girls in pigtails eat them without a second thought?

      Another film rich in that organic vein is Sam Peckenpah’s Straw Dogs with Dustin Hoffman and Susan George in 1971. Where the local English town folk think nothing of rape and domestic violence.

      1. I’ve never seen that one and it has been on my list for a few years. I think it was banned over here for a long time…maybe 30 years or so. I’ll try and get round to it!

        1. Hi, Stu:

          Straw Dogs ran into flak on both sides of the Atlantic. No fault. No foul if its still beyond reach. Though Mr. Hoffman does deliver in a pacifist “fish out of water” role. Who eventually adapts to surrounding violent situations.

  3. As I said, not a horror fan. They haven’t made much money off me. Have seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Creepy good. Lots of Sci Fi is related strongly to Horror as you know. In fact, I’d say that some of it shouldn’t be tagged as Sci Fi. Are the Alien movies really Sci Fi? Anyway … BOOOO !

    1. Hi, JC. Well, that’s a conversation for a future L13FC. 😉 I like the creepy ones far better than the truly horrifying. It takes more talent to pull off a good thriller/atmospheric story. But that’s my way of saying I’m a big chicken when it comes to horror films! The images haunt me long after the film is over.

    2. Not much of a slasher film fan either, jcalberta.

      Though, great perspective with your on Sci~Fi and Horror question.

      I’m of the camp who thinks Aliens and its distinct Howard Hawks’ The Thing From Another World vibe should have been the first film in the franchise, Where Alien has the look and feel of mere mortals stumbling across and unleashing one of H.P. Lovercraft’s Grand Old Ones monsters.

  4. Fabulous post. Several movies included that I’ve seen but several that I haven’t. It’s funny you linked Deranged to Texas Chainsaw. That’s the exact impression I had after watching the trailer.

    1. Hi, Keith:

      Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre is indirectly linked to Deranged and Hooper’s extension of the Ed Gein tale transplanted in the middle of nowhere, Texas.

      Where Chainsaw is more direct and in your face with its shock, scares and violence. Deranged goes for incessant creepiness with dead things.

      An intriguing paralell.

  5. An excellent and interesting post about a genre that is not my cup of tea. I’ve seen some of the movies, but have never seen one that I would go back and watch a second time.

    1. Welcome, Anonymous:

      Horror may not be for everyone. A genre with more than a few films which can be classified as “One and done”. If Cindy and my post has piqued your interest. We’ve done our jobs well.
      And hope to see you drop by and opine more often.

  6. I’ve enjoyed so many of the movies you’ve mentioned. The one that stayed in mind throughout reading your article, [and being released in 1980 doesn’t even fit into your request] was the original version of The Shining. It amazed, confused and startled you throughout. After jumping out of your skin from that ax going thru the bathroom door, you had to laugh when Nickolson “lovingly” said “Here’s, Johnny!”

    1. I always thought Kubrick casting Jack Nicholson was inspired. An actor noted for going over the top and occasionally chewing scenery. As in The Last Detail and One Flew Over The cuckoo’s Nest . Though, in The Shining Kubrick and Nicholson let you see into Jack Torrance’s slow possession, downward spiral and psychopathy. And the film is that much richer for it!

      1. Well said, Jack, and I strongly agree! [for some reason I forgot about Cuckoo’s Nest, I was so absorbed by that movie that the ending came as a total surprise and shock!!]

  7. I don’t think that a lot of people realise just how accurate “The Wicker Man” is in terms of Celtic religion and custom. They must have had a top expert advising them and whoever wrote the story in the first place had an equally extensive knowledge. An excellent film.

    1. I was not aware that The Wicker Man was based on a novel either, jfwknifton. I was too taken by the film’s locales, cinematography and the beauty of Summmerisle and other Hebridean islands. Along with its intricate eerie tale and ending which I didn’t see coming.

      All and all a superlative tale that is much more than the sum of its parts!

        1. Nonsense. Did you know you are the only female who does? I don’t know how this became a male event–I’ve tried recruiting females to discuss, co-host, picking “feminine” topics, but to no avail.

          1. Interesting. Well, I think I have more male readers (and commenters) on my blog too, even when I post about a more ‘feminine’ topic like period dramas! Not sure why that is, but hey I enjoy discussing movies w/ anyone regardless of gender 🙂

    1. Hi, Ruth:

      Since I pretty much parallel your taste in scary films with my older sister. I’ll go ahead and proffer the 1970s made for ABC television films, pilots and Darren McGavin series Kolchak: The Night Stalker .

      Just to see where this suggestion leads.

      1. I’ll second ‘The Night Stalker’, and I’ll raise you and Ruth, ‘Trilogy of Terror’ by Dan Curtis (and also a ’70s-era made-for-television movie). 😉

        1. Superb bump and check, Michael!

          I’d pondered using Dan Curtis’ wicked Trilogy of Terror , but opted for Daughters of Darkness . Who knew that a butcher knife wielding African Fetish Doll could be scary?!

        1. Dan Curtis was pretty much everywhere and ABC’s “Go To Guy” when it came to scary, suspenseful and Gothic Horror in general.

          Writing and directing The House and Night of Dark Shadows before moving on to The Night Strangler, Scream of The Wolf and Dracula with Jack Palance and Nigel Davenport in 1974. Before directing Trilogy of Terror in 1975.

          Tremendous body of work from an unassuming master!

        1. True, Cindy:

          I think director, Phillip Kaufman managed to skirt a higher rating because most of the film’s violence was directed at developing Pod Persons and not human hosts.

          A very neat trick. when the film’s scariest moment comes with Donald Sutherland’s pointing and screaming.

  8. Apologies for my lateness, but as you know, I have been away.

    So, the ‘Horror or Sci-fi?’ debate gets a mention. Pleased to see that.

    Horror is a strange genre. Scary, unsettling, psychologically disturbing, or downright jump in the seat stuff? It might all be considered as horror. Different strokes for different folks, and nobody is ever really wrong.

    Few horror films have ever really scared me, certainly those up to the genre-busting years after the mid-80s anyway. However, ‘The Exorcist’ was genuinely disturbing at the time, and something very new. As for’The Wicker Man’ I always love to watch this classic folksy/sexual look at Britain’s traditional past, but could it ever really scare an adult?

    For the benefit of this post, I will offer a film that really unsettled me, and so far has not been mentioned. I only have to think of the phrase, “Have you checked the children?’ and I am transported back to a terrified Carol Kane, answering a telephone in ‘When A Stranger Calls’. (1979) It still works today, and please forget the truly lamentable remake.

    For the near-perfect combination of relentless fear, body-horror, and originality, I would suggest the original 2008 film, ‘Martyrs’. (Once again, ignore the later remake) This isn’t just a horror film, it is a complete experience, and a far from pleasant one at that.

    Best wishes as always, Pete.

    1. Hi Pete! Tardy, early, or spot on, you are always a welcome addition. What a great addition–‘When a Stranger Calls’. I forgot all about it. So I guess it didn’t scare me like you. ‘Alien’ and ‘The Exorcist’ are terrifying for me.

    2. Welcome, beetlepete:

      Horror has many variations and responses. Fright. Repulsion. Shock and Terror to name a few. When A Stranger Calls broke a lot of domestic, organic and suburban ground. As did Carpenter’s Halloween a year later, Bringing the fear of the boogeyman into suburban back yards,

      I’ll go back further to 1971 and Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left which started off his career. And as my comparison to Martyrs . I’ll proffer a little known English couple o a deserted Italian island film from 1976 titled, Who Can Kill A Child?.
      Which is exactly what it sounds like.

  9. Wow!! Interesting debate going on here!! I don’t know where to start.
    1st Cindy, I had no idea Richard Burton’s career began via Horror Films!!
    Now to Kevin, I saw The Wicker Man over a decade ago, and thought it was pretty good. I think someone mentioned how the Pagan & folk blend makes the movie interesting or something!! I agree!! It was beautifully shot. And the aesthetic erotic nude dance by Britt Ekland, was a beautiful piece of seduction, without being too sleazy. The ending was sure shocking. I had heard that it was based on a book, but never really looked for it. I don’t know why, it’s a good story.
    Deranged, which I watched on the 13th itself!! 🙂 on Youtube, just so that I can take part in this post!! I wasn’t a fan of. The trailer above is actually creepier than the movie. Though based on a true story, It was poorly made, and bored me death (pun intended) 😀
    I agree Cindy, it’s not my cup of tea either. And I hated The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (I found it really silly).
    Sorry Kevin, I haven’t seen the Art House Horror Flick, Daughters of Darkness!! I wouldn’t mind checking it out, if I come across it. I think you mentioned Straw Dogs (71′ version) somewhere. Now that was an excellent movie.
    Now getting back to Cindy, I watched Nosferatu (22′ version) on 12th night 😉 and the 79′ version, on 14th night (both on Youtube). I loved the roaring 20’s piece of German expressionism!!! It was excellent. And I liked the Herzog (English) version as well. That was a very good re-make, though it drags a bit, as you mentioned.
    Speaking of films like The Exorcist , now that’s an excellent horror flick. It’s more psychological and tensed, than physical/visual fear (which is quite less in the movie). It reminded me of OK films like Audrey Rose (1977) & the 1st two Omen films from the 70’s. But none of them are as near as good, as The Exorcist.
    There was so much in my mind, whilst reading all the comments above. I’m drawing a blank now. It’s 10 mins to midnight here!! I should sign off, and get back to you later!!

    1. Welcome, nuwansenfilmsen:

      Yes, the conversations have been leaning more toward shock and scare than structure and nuance. There are three different run times for The Wicker Man 88 minutes. 99 minutes (extended cut) and 94 minutes (final cut). Don’t know if these weare altered by censors or editors. Though Britt Ekland’s dance certainly does whip a Mojo on naive Sgt. Howie.

      Haven’t a clue where you could pick up a copy of Daughters of Darkness . Though, it is a well structured, erotic and shot contemporary take on Elizabeth Bathory and her means of staying young and beautiful.

      Curious to see wher you take the discussion when you return.

  10. Great post, some titles I’ll have to look out for, especially Deranged. I like that you mentioned Carnival of Souls, one of the best of the genre IMO. Do you like The Innocents (1961)?

    But….. I really want a movie to scare me. To scar me. To give me nightmares. Sure some films creep me out but I’ve never actually felt scared while watching any of them. I think The Exorcist came the closest, but I did watch that when I was 12. Recently I really enjoyed The Witch, but again it creeped me out, but it didn’t scare me at all.

    1. Welcome, Jordan:

      Carnival Of Souls excels in telling a straight line story quite well. And is almost a textbook on how and when to use shadow and light to replace shock and terror.

      The Exorcist continues to shock and scare. And set the pace as a big budgeted, controversial Blockbuster. One film that did give me nightmares as a kid was Nicholas Ray’s Technicolor Wind Across The Everglades. Mainly for its alligators. And Burl Ives who poached them while keeping a cotton mouth moccasin in his leather tote sack.

      The Innocents has Gothic mood and setting to burn with massive creepy undertones and obnoxious British children.

      1. “textbook on how and when to use shadow and light to replace shock and terror.”

        Yes!!! Sooo true, such a good movie. Can’t believe it is from ’62!

        I really haven’t seen much ’70’s stuff, I might start with Craven’s first effort. I need more recommendations though

        Oh, and what are your thoughts on recent horror flicks? It Follows, The Babadook, Don’t Breathe, Lights Out, THE WITCH especially…. some of them are more intense psychological thrillers but there is still that element of creepiness and tension.

        Still tho…. I want to find a film that will -scare- me. That will scar me. I want something to give me nightmares!! I don’t think I’ll ever find such a film tho. I mean, my house was broken into while I was home by a junkie waving a knife around.

        Now that was scary. But I can’t find a film that comes even close to mimicking that feeling of true terror

          1. Hi, Cindy and Michael:

            I let The Babadook fly under my radar on the scary strength of its title alone.

          2. The Witch is something else. Basing it in the 16th century when witches were widely written about…. it just makes it even more creepy. Apparently it was based on writing from that era too, adding another layer of awesomeness to it. Would love to hear what you think Cindy! 🙂

        1. Give any of these three Home Invasion titles a whirl, Jordan.

          Lady In A Cage from 1964. With Olivia De Havilland, James Caan and Ann Sothern.
          Three vandals torment Ms. De Havilland, a poetress in he open elevator which is stuck and vulnerable during a power outage.

          Let’s Scare Jessica To Death from 1971. With Zora Lamphert, Barton Heyman and Kevin O’Connor. A variation of ‘Gaslight’ with two friends trying to drivea rich heiress hust released from an institution over the edge.

          The Strangers from 2008. Masked Home Invaders terrorize a rich yuppie scum honeymoon couple in their secluded bungalow.

          If all else fails. There’s always Blake Edwards’ B&W Experiment In Terror from 1962. With Lee Remick, Glenn Ford and Ross Martin.

          1. THANKS MATE!!! I love recommendations, I shall be adding these to my list 😀

            Totally unrelated, have you seen Lynch’s Inland Empire? It may be just me but I saw a lot of Carnival of Souls in that movie… along with a heap of other insane stuff haha

  11. You’re welcome:

    Excellent catch with Island Empire and obliquely, Carnival Of Souls , Jordan.

    Empire didn’t seem to be going anywhere for its first few episodes and character introduction and development. Though, after the that. The dots started connecting through Robert Loggia and The Marx Brothers’ tune, ‘Hello, I Must Be Going’.

    An odd, but worthwhile ride and adventure.

      1. You’re welcome, Cindy:

        This was a lot of fun. Especially with all the diverse titles brought up from the thread’s guests!

  12. I have not seen any of the 6 films but I really enjoyed the post and hope to see them all soon. Some hidden gems as well. As for The Exorcist it holds up well, it fails to terrify more hardened audiences I challenge them to not enjoy it for solid storytelling. A friend of mine had a father who served in the New Zealand Army. When he saw Alien he was absolutely terrified out of his mind.

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