Neither of my parents are big movie people. I can remember watching films with them as a kid, mainly James Bond movies and the Carry On films, but it wasn’t a passion of either of theirs. So I didn’t really get into movies until my mid teens and it’s only been in the last two or three years that I’ve developed a real passion for movies. That means I’ve not seen a lot of the movies that people consider classics, and one of those is The Exorcist.
I do like a good horror movie and The Exorcist is considered one of the greats but it’s not one that I feel driven to see. It’s not a case of it maybe not holding up to what we’re seeing today. I can watch a movie that was made decades ago and if it has poor special effects (by todays standards) it doesn’t bother me because I know that when it was made they were probably quite groundbreaking. No, what holds me back from watching it is the fact that I’ve seen so many parodies and references from The Exorcist over the years and I feel I wouldn’t take it as seriously as I should do. It feels like elements of it are just pure cliche now and when I see those iconic scenes I’ve heard about I don’t want to be thinking about the beginning of Scary Movie 2 when I’m watching it.
I will get around to watching it one day, but I want to give it the attention and respect that it deserves.