Audience Reactions From Seeing The Exorcist (1973)

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

I’ve talked about my first viewing of the Exorcist before on the site, as a young 7 year old boy I found it to be a creepy film but beyond the head turning scene I wasn’t actually frightened by it. I saw the movie 6 years after that thanks to a video rental…and something had changed…I was petrified by what I was seeing on my TV screen! I won’t lie, it is indeed a movie that I can’t watch to this day and I tried back in I believe it was 2000.

So bear in mind how the special effects blew people’s minds back in the early 70s when you watch this compilation of footage from theater goers who had just watched the movie or couldn’t make it through before bolting for the lobby.
[Via] EXMK000

A huge thanks to not only IMP Awards for the striking poster you see up top but to Badass Digest for the heads up on this video in the first place.


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3 thoughts on “Audience Reactions From Seeing The Exorcist (1973)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    This reaction video is such a treasure.

    Not only does it show the magnificient marquees and banners and line-ups that would excite the senses when you arrived in front of a theater showing the latest hit, but it’s a callback to a time when movie-going was a unique sensorial experience.

    Yeah, few movies are comparable to the wild and ferocious output of that era, but you can still get a kick out of today’s film’s simply by being a fan.

    I still miss those glorious days of big-screen (big scream?) cinema.

  2. I like this clip too. Audience reactions to movies are always fun to watch. I also get scared by the Exorcist too. It is a creepy movie. And even though special effects have gotten better, the newer exorcist movies aren’t as scary.

  3. Atari, you make such great observations. I love seeing those long lines at single screen theaters in the cities. Just GIANT movie houses with a large audience.

    Now, the multiplexes have two or three decent sized screens and the rest are living rooms.

    The whole experience of just going to the movies was so great and I’m glad I was able to live through the end of it during the 80s into the 90s.

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