Friday, August 20, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #76

There are two things that disturb me in movies; gross-out scenes, and demonic possession. Easily, the most troubling film I have ever seen is The Exorcist.

Now, granted, it does not pack the same punch it did when I was younger, but for years I refused to rewatch the movie. Even the few minutes of The Exorcist II: the Heretic I caught by accident on cable was too much for me. Ask my wife, if you want, I flatly refused to watch The Exorcist, which she had never seen. I even refused to watch Stigmata for some time because it looked to me like a sort of remake (boy, was I wrong there). I'll watch it again now, but I still say it is a terribly frightening film. Go ahead, call me a pussy. I can take it. I think a big part of the problem is how freaking cute this week's NGoN was, well, is. Linda Blair seemed so sweet prior to the possession, and then so evil (makeup and effects aside) afterward. At age fourteen, I think she did a wonderful job. My continued fear of the film is testament to that.

As with many talented child stars, Blair had trouble striking gold again. Once her figure developed she found herself in the more exploitative end of the cinematic spectrum with films like Roller Boogie, Hell Night, Chained Heat, and Zapped Again! Blair is now an animal rights activist.

In looking up the IMDb for this entry, I found something potentially wonderful. Linda is scheduled to appear in The Gathering (2012) which will feature some of horror's great names, such as:
  • William Sadler (Wonderfalls, Fringe)
  • Robert "Freddy Kreuger" Englund
  • Clint Howard
  • Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects)
  • Udo Kier
  • Billy Drago
  • Brian "Dante Hicks" O'Halloran
  • David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London)
There are others, of course. According to Variety:

"The pic's framing story, 'The Storytellers,' is set on Halloween night with the devil bringing together Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft and Mary Shelley in a competition to tell the most frightening untold tale with the winner receiving the opportunity to leave purgatory forever."

If that does not sound like a good movie, you need to get a check up. Pronto!


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

She was smokin' back in the day.

Darius Whiteplume said...

She's kept it together pretty well too.

dfordoom said...

Strangely enough I hated The Exorcist but I really loved Exorcist II: The Heretic.

She was also in one of my favourite bad but delightfully camp movies, Airport 1975.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I have not seen Air'75. I may have to watch The Exorcist again, but I (at this moment) think I liked The Heretic better.

Kal said...

I feel with you about those possession movies. I don't enjoy them for the same reason I don't like to mess with Ouija Boards - I just don't know if they really are connected to some demonic stuff. I hate torture porn for the same reason. But I have never claimed to be anything but a big baby when it comes to scary movies.

I avoided the Omen and Exorcist for years too but had the hugest crush on the non-possessed Linda for years. Maybe the fact that we could have been classmates and I would have been totally into her turned me off seeing her tortured like that in those movies.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I have not seen The Omen, but have never been able to avoid the nanny hanging herself. I think I'll watch that one now that I am less sensitive.

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