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)
"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!