Hello EWN community, SES back again with another 1st round match-up in my “Greatest Horror Movies,” 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 “hit” for me, I expect some people to say they didn’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 Bravo’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, wasn’t the greatest acted out film I’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 haven’t seen the movie), but it doesn’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. Don’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 “Scary Movie,” but it still didn’t make as big of an impact as The Exorcist did. The Exorcist changed some people’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 film’s release. I don’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. It’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 watch…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 didn’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 didn’t let go. Still though, it doesn’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?