Hello EWN community, SES back again with another 1st round match-up in my â€œGreatest Horror Movies,â€ tournament and we have another great match-up. Now before I begin I forget to mention last time that the voting period for any one particular thread is 3 days. That is a strict number now, so if you want to voice your opinion on the matter, you have to do it within that time frame. Now that I got that out of the way, unto what we came here for: the movies!! Both of these movies are actually really hit or miss with a lot of people, and while they both â€œhitâ€ for me, I expect some people to say they didnâ€™t like either one or both of these movies at all. The movies in question are of course The Exorcist and Scream. Like the first match-up, these movies are incredibly different, yet both very intriguing and unique. Again, here are some cool vids I found about the films.
I realize that this scene has been played out (although not as much as another famous scene from the Exorcist) you have to admit that this freaked you the F out the first time you watched it.
This is from Bravoâ€™s 100 Scariest Movie Moments (highly recommend this it is a very fun watch), and it is discussing the beginning of Scream
Better movie: The Exorcist. The Exorcist was a brilliantly written and executed movie in my opinion. I know some people thought it moved a tad slow, which is neither a bad thing nor even a viable stance in regards to The Exorcist for me, but I thought it was brilliantly paced and wonderfully performed. Scream, while still an enjoyable movie, wasnâ€™t the greatest acted out film Iâ€™ve ever seen despite its well known cast. I thought the script was very good (despite a few cheesy lines thrown in here and there), but the execution left just a tad to be desired. Exorcist takes this category for me.
Scarier movie: The Exorcist. Scream was pretty damned scary at times, especially in the end (which I will not spoil for those of you who havenâ€™t seen the movie), but it doesnâ€™t compare to the fright I feel every single time I watch The Exorcist. Now I am a man of faith, so this could mean that I have a bit of a biased opinion here, but for me there is nothing scarier than going toe-to-toe with Satan himself. Exorcist again takes this one.
Impact on pop culture/society/other movies: The Exorcist. Donâ€™t get me wrong, when Scream splashed, it splashed hard. I know for a fact that people ran out and got caller I.D. afterwards, and the movie did inspire the goofiness that was the original â€œScary Movie,â€ but it still didnâ€™t make as big of an impact as The Exorcist did. The Exorcist changed some peopleâ€™s lives apparently, and was the basis for their new-found faith. Not only that, but the number of supposed exorcisms performed in real life grew substantially after the filmâ€™s release. I donâ€™t know the exact number off the top of my head, but I know it was far too large for it to be a coincidence.
Gore: Scream. Scream wins this one pretty easy here. Itâ€™s a slasher film though, what do you expect? There was one scene in particular in The Exorcist that I simply cannot ignore. The part where the stunt-double of Linda Blair (or my God I hope it was a stunt double) was violently masturbating with the crucifix was downright wrong in every sense of the word. It was almost too much to watchâ€¦even for me. Nevertheless though, Scream was infinitely gorier than The Exorcist, especially during the climax of the opening scene.
Overall: The Exorcist. This match-up was closer than you might think while reading my write up, as I did thoroughly enjoy Scream, but there was just something about that movie that kinda rubbed me the wrong way. I wanna say that I didnâ€™t find the characters in the movie particularly likeable, but I think that was by design. I did find the film to be very entertaining though, and the entire premise absolutely grabbed me and didnâ€™t let go. Still though, it doesnâ€™t compare to The Exorcist in my eyes, as that movie continues to resonate with me even through 5+ viewings.
What do you guys think though?