October 14, 2000

Three Acclaimed Horror Films Which Didn't Scare Me

There's a lot of nostalgia for these "classic" scary movies from the 60s and 70s, and they were hits when they were released, but I just didn't find these three stand the test of time:
  • The Amityville Horror Not scary, and anti-climactic too. Basically, once they figure out the house is haunted, they all leave and the movie ends.
  • Rosemary's Baby Whining and petulant Mia Farrow does nothing but complain, and then it turns out Satan's helpers are a bunch of elderly, upper-class Jews from Manhattan?
  • The Exorcist I had never seen it before a special edition re-release in 2000. The pea soup and head spinning are old jokes these days. The "shocking" things Regan says and does seem pretty tame. The only part which scared me was when the giant chest of drawers was about to crush Ellen Burstyn. The only time I jumped in my seat was when the phone rings. If you've seen the movie, you know what I mean. What a cheap shot!I guess I just don't find Satan to be very scary.

The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen

exorcistWhen it comes to 1970s horror movies, this film and Rosemary's Baby are both completely overrated. Maybe it was scary back then? I dunno. I wasn't scared at all. (Hoyt's Cinemas South Portland)