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Cool Horror Videos: Audience reacts to The Exorcist in 1973

10.24.2013by: Ryan Miller
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On December 26, 1973, William Friedkin's head-spinning horror classic THE EXORCIST hit theaters, and it was like nothing anyone had ever seen before. Today we've got a video that gives us a glimpse at the mass hysteria that the film caused during its original theatrical premiere—it's essentially 3 minutes of people losing their shit! It's great to see people so utterly beside themselves over a horror film, and it really gives you an idea of just how sensitive movie-goers were during that time. We have no doubt been treated to some fantastically f*cked up flicks over the years, but nothing has garnered the kind of reaction that THE EXORCIST got back in 1973. Have a look!

Extra Tidbit: Do you think we'll ever see another mainstream horror film get that kind of reaction again?
Source: Badass Digest

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11:13PM on 10/25/2013
I saw The Exorcist with a packed crowd when they re released it in theaters and i gotta tell ya the audience had a very similar reaction. A girl sitting next to me actually fainted! There is just something so viceral about the film that i think it will continue to terrify generation after generation. I read somewhere that the Pope said that the Devil was inside the film reel. I find that easy to believe...
I saw The Exorcist with a packed crowd when they re released it in theaters and i gotta tell ya the audience had a very similar reaction. A girl sitting next to me actually fainted! There is just something so viceral about the film that i think it will continue to terrify generation after generation. I read somewhere that the Pope said that the Devil was inside the film reel. I find that easy to believe...
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4:31PM on 10/25/2013
when it was re-released to theaters i had a good chunk of horror flicks under my belt so i felt pretty confident it was going to be dated and dare i say cheesy. that movie rocked my world man. i was forever changed. the exorcist could hold its own on any horror film made since then... and thats 40 years of contenders!
when it was re-released to theaters i had a good chunk of horror flicks under my belt so i felt pretty confident it was going to be dated and dare i say cheesy. that movie rocked my world man. i was forever changed. the exorcist could hold its own on any horror film made since then... and thats 40 years of contenders!
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6:39AM on 10/25/2013
Cool video. Tidbit: I never really say never, but I don't think so. We all seem to be so desensitized these days because everything horrible is right in our faces with the internet etc, BUT the main reason is because it's The Exorcist....only movie to really scare the shit out of me, and that music!!!
Cool video. Tidbit: I never really say never, but I don't think so. We all seem to be so desensitized these days because everything horrible is right in our faces with the internet etc, BUT the main reason is because it's The Exorcist....only movie to really scare the shit out of me, and that music!!!
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