I first saw it when I was a child. It had already amassed the hype of "Scariest Movie of All-Time," so naturally, I had high expectations. My mother had said that she didn't think it was scary at all, so that was engrained in my head right before my first viewing. My initial reaction was feeling disappointed. I really didn't find it scary, and to be honest, I even laughed at some parts. I now realize that I wasn't properly prepared to watch it. I was not mature enough to appreciate just how scary it truly was.
In October 2011, I had the opportunity to meet Linda Blair and see it on the big screen, as pictured above. She was incredibly nice, and we spoke about being vegan and eating healthy. She was so down to earth, so real. Following that, she did a brief Q and A, and then the movie began. Seeing it on the big screen was a totally different experience. It was quite creepy and intense, and man, the acting, writing, and cinematography are just terrific. It's certainly not a shock that it received multiple Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
"The Exorcist" is truly a horror classic deserving of all its awards and recognition. It is a must-see for all horror film enthusiasts. This is a great choice for the Halloween season.