House of horrors: 'Exorcist' paved wa...

House of horrors: 'Exorcist' paved way for genre's explosion

There are 4 comments on the Stamford Advocate story from Oct 30, 2008, titled House of horrors: 'Exorcist' paved way for genre's explosion. In it, Stamford Advocate reports that:

It was 35 years ago that Regan MacNeil uttered, "You're going to die up there," while urinating in front of her mother's party guests in "The Exorcist," ushering in the modern horror film.

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The Wise Man

United States

#1 Oct 30, 2008
Excellent work Mr. Hogan, very incisive.
Vox Pop

Waterbury, CT

#2 Oct 30, 2008
Quite so.

Now, Mr. Hogan, take out your scalpel (chainsaw?) and cut deeply into Stamford, where you will find a horror film consistently rated as "one of the worst" ever made - Horror of Party Beach.
Your analysis of that one would be amusing.
Filmed at the long-gone West Beach Pavillion, with scenes at other local places, like the former K's market on High Ridge Road; extras from Stamford's own Charter Oak Motorcycle Club; black-and-white film "blood" gratis the former Cocoa-Marsh chocolate syrup plant in Glenbrook; a no-star cast; less of a script; and a "monster" whose "frogman" (now wetsuit) zippers were clearly visible.

Its one weak-kneed claim is that it was the FIRST of its genre to blame radioactive pollution for causing all that mayhem.

Arrange a showing at the AVON. The remnants of the old crowd at West Beach - which was once immense - and many other locals, would have a ball.

Oh, for a sequel, blame contaminants left by the "monster" for the full-tilt riot that erupted during a pay-to-get-in "luau" at West Beach shortly thereafter. It was absolute chaos.(Is Stephen King in town?)

Seattle, WA

#3 Nov 1, 2008
Personally, I find the Shining to be far more terrifying than the Exorcist. The Exorcist is probably more interesting, with its exploration of religion and sexuality. But in terms of iconic horrific moments--the twins, the woman in the bathtub, Redrum, the scene where Wendy finds Jacks "novel" and he comes up behind her. Psychologically devastating in the way it explores family relationships and weaves in supernatural horror...

To me, the exorcist is just not that scary. Especially the exorcism scene. A great movie, but not as scary.

Seattle, WA

#4 Nov 1, 2008
I found the Shining to be far more terrifying than the Exorcist. The iconic horror scenes--the twins, the woman in the bathtub, the scene where Wendy finds Jacks "novel" and he comes up behind her. Plus, the way it takes family relationship issues and weaves in supernatural horror.

The exorcist may be more interesting in the way it explores sexuality and religion, but it's not nearly as scary in my opinion.

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