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My Journey To See THE EXORCIST

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Posted 15th April 2010 at 11:53 AM by Bringer Of Funerals
Updated 17th April 2010 at 04:08 PM by Bringer Of Funerals

I had bought a film magazine to read and it was a Horror Special for the month and with it I got the novel of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Inside there was a top 50 horror film chart which had in it Dawn Of The Dead, Evil Dead, Ring, Blood From The Mummy's Tomb among others.

Also in this there was a huge feature about THE EXORCIST and the stir it caused among cinema goers (people running to the hills screaming, fainting, etc) with a pussed up girl and head spinnings among other things made me want to see the film.

At the time I was 12 and we could rent VHS tapes from my local convienence store and THE EXORCIST was there.

I asked my mam to which she repied no, it's an 18 for a reason and that answer made me want to see it even more.

Determined, I asked around my friends to see if any had it. Saddly none did.

I had a friend who acted older then he was and you could ask him anything and he would have a full conversation about it. I asked him about the film of THE EXORCIST and he told me all about it. He told me that it was more of a drama than a full on blood bath.

Without me knowing my mam had asked her friend who had seen the film, she advised my mam not to let me see it.

A few days passed and went round John's again who had rented a video, before putting it on he had asked if I wanted to watch a film, like a fool I said no because I couldn't be bothered watching a film.

He took the film back the next day and I asked what it was. He then told me it was THE EXORCIST and I turned it down.

I was kicking myself.

My mam had got a new boyfriend too (which she married and still is). They were gioing out for a meal and was leaving me in the house by myself. Mam had asked if I wanted to rent a film.

I replied THE EXORCIST and before she said no mam explained to him my determination to see this film. I was 15 and he took her to one side and said "look just let him rent it, remember it was in the 70's it was made and it will be tame now". She then turned to me and said "it's your lucky night - Paul is going down to Bells to rent it".

They then went out and I ended up watching this film which I enjoyed to no degree.

When I turned 18 I bought the film on VHS then on DVD when they came out.

I now have THE EXORCIST complete Anthology Box Set in my Collection.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this.
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    You mentioning your mum saying that The Exorcist was an 18 for a reason reminded me,I remember when I was about 9 or 10,convincing my mum to rent me and my brother a video call Very Close Encounters Of The 4th Kind,on the pretense that it was a sequel to CE3K.She was none too pleased when she came back in to find us watching what was in fact,an italian softcore scifi spoof.
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