If You Thought ‘The Exorcist’ Was Scary, Wait Until You Hear The Film’s Original Score

Perhaps one of the greatest scary movies of all time, The Exorcist was a horror show before the film even made it to theaters. Several big Hollywood producers of the time turned it down (including Kubrick), the crew became sick with mysterious illnesses, and the toddler of one of the main actors was hit by a motorbike.

Many in the industry believed the film to be “cursed.”

Another setback to production was the fact that the film’s original score made people actually want to vomit. Composer Lalo Schifrin (who also wrote the Mission: Impossible theme) went all out for the original trailer music. The heaviness of the sounds combined with the intense flashing images allegedly caused viewers to run to the bathrooms.

You’ve been warned…here’s the original trailer for The Exorcist, which caused Warner Bros. to demand director William Friedkin fire Schifrin.

And here is more from Schifrin’s expertly creepy score.

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Rumor has it that Friedkin was so distraught about the studio’s reaction that he took the audio reels and literally threw them out of the window. He decided then to use modern classical compositions to score his movie, most notably the track “Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield.

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Disney Has Been Hiding Secrets In Their Movies For Years. I Don’t Know How I Never Saw #3.

One of my favorite things in a movie is when the director inserts a hidden ‘easter egg.’ There’s nothing more satisfying than finding it in the background or another secret place. Well, as it turns out, Disney is the best of the best with hiding items and characters from their other movies in unlikely scenes. I don’t think I’ll ever watch another Disney movie without looking in the background after seeing these. Check them out.

Brother Bear – Nemo makes an appearance when Kenai disrupts the salmon fishing.

101 Dalmations – Lady and the Tramp show up in the Twilight barking scene.

Aladdin – The Beast is one of Sultan’s toys

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame – Aladdin’s Magic Carpet, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Pumbaa from The Lion King, are seen on the street surrounding Notre Dame during the “Out There” scene.

101 Dalmations – Peg from Lady and the Tramp is in the window of Percy’s Pet Shop

The Great Mouse Detective – Bill the Lizard, from Alice In Wonderland, is part of Ratigan’s gang.

The Little Mermaid – During the wedding scene, The King and The Grand Duke from Cinderella are guests.

Oliver & Company – Yep, that’s Jock, Peg, and Trusty from Lady & The Tramp.

The Black Cauldron – When Taran, Princess Eilonwy, and Fflewddur Fflam discover the Fair Folk and their underground kingdom, Tinkerbell appears among the fairies.

Oliver & Company – Ratigan, from The Great Mouse Detective, and Scooby Doo are hidden among the photos in the “Perfect Isn’t Easy” scene.

Hercules – the slain lion is Scar from The Lion King.

The Princess and the Frog – that’s Aladdin’s magic carpet in the opening scene.

Tangled – look closely because that’s Pinocchio up in the rafters during the I’ve Got A Dream scene.

Lilo & Stitch – don’t miss the Dumbo toy sitting there.

The Princess and the Frog – Louis pulls on some swamp grass and imitates Madam Mim from The Sword and the Stone.

Tangled – 3 classic Disney books appear in this one. Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast

Oliver & Company – Princess Aurora in the background.

The Princess and the Frog – King Triton appears as the Mardi Gras float.

Tarzan – That’s Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast

The Rescuers – Bambi and his mother 🙂

The Princess and the Frog – While Mama Odie sings “Dig a Little Deeper,” she throws around a few items, one of which is Genie’s Magic Lamp from Aladdin.

Lilo & Stitch – a Mulan poster shows up in the background

Little Mermaid – Hey look, it’s Goofy!

Beauty and the Beast – When Maurice and Felipe are lost in the woods, the road signs say Valencia and Anaheim. Disney Land is in Anaheim and Valencia is where many Disney artists study (California Institute of Technology)

Treasure Planet – a doll of Stitch on the shelf

The Fox and the Hound – Wart (in squirrel form) from The Sword in the Stone makes a cameo.

Lilo & Stitch – The ball from Pixar’s Luxo Jr. can be seen in the background.

Now that you’ve seen all of these, go re-watch the movies. There are probably even more if you look close enough. Share these Disney “secrets” with your friends below.

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The Trouble With Treating Female Characters Like Meat

Liam Neeson’s new crime drama, A Walk Among the Tombstones, turns female characters into gruesome cannon fodder in a way that feels outdated, not retro.

Liam Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Atsushi Nishijima/Universal Pictures

The new Liam Neeson movie A Walk Among the Tombstones, which opens in theaters nationwide on Sept. 19, spools out its opening credits over a montage of shots of a beautiful woman. They’re all close-ups, and coyly eroticized, providing glimpses of pale skin and blonde hair. It looks like it could be a sex scene, right until the final image of her face, where we see she has tape over her mouth and there’s a tear rolling down her cheek.

It’s a neat encapsulation of what’s to come — women die horribly in order for men to avenge them soulfully in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Not exactly a new pattern in movies or on TV, but there’s something about starkness of that divide in this new film, which is written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout), that’s particularly striking. And, frankly, a little gross.

Adapted from the novel of the same name by crime-writing legend Lawrence Block, A Walk Among the Tombstones is a detective story of the old school, one of a series about an alcoholic ex-cop turned unlicensed private investigator named Matthew Scudder. It’s set in a gritty, dark, and resolutely drab 1999 New York, in which characters talk about Y2K and cell phones aren’t in regular use. It’s a world that’s unrepentantly masculine, which is fine, but it also uses women, or rather their deaths, as dramatic fuel, which really isn’t. The film may be a semi-period piece, but in 2014, you should have to choose — either write women as actual characters or leave them out. To use them solely as photogenic dead or soon-to-be dead bodies is to render them less than human.

Dan Stevens Atsushi Nishijima/Universal Pictures

Your tipping point on depictions of violence against women may vary. Here’s mine: Women really do get attacked, beaten, mutilated, permanently injured, raped, and killed, and removing representations of those facts from on screen won’t change that. But when your story includes women only so much as their grisly deaths make the men in their lives mad or sad, well, then you’re just turning them into meat — literally, in this case, as Scudder is hired to track down a pair of sadistic killers (David Harbour and Adam David Thompson) who kidnap women, extract ransom money from their loved ones, then leave their victims’ dismembered bodies in plastic-wrapped piles. The men they target are all involved in the higher echelons of the drug trade, including Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens), the Brooklyn dealer who first requests Scudder’s help to catch the guys who took and murdered his wife.

The women in A Walk Among the Tombstones, as much as they exist, are shown either in angelic remove — a bright remembered smile, a set of portraits on the wall, a particularly disturbing slow-motion walk — or screaming hopelessly for their lives. This is a movie about men, from the shrewd, hard-bitten, but good-hearted Scudder to the distraught Kenny and his addict brother Howie (Eric Nelsen), from the sadistic roomies Ray (Harbour) and Albert (Thompson) to the precocious homeless kid named TJ (Astro) to whom Scudder reluctantly warms.

They may be a rough-and-tumble crowd, but they’re all depicted as fully formed people; even the creepy graveyard worker (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) Scudder runs across during his investigation has a personality, a history, a life that’s transmitted in his few scenes. There’s no requirement that every story have strong female characters, or characters of color, or any other typically underrepresented group, though there’s a pressing need to see more of them on screen. But when your women exist only as emotional leverage for the men, well, you’re making them as disposable as your villains.

Adam David Thompson and David Harbour. Atsushi Nishijima/Universal Pictures

There are things to recommend in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Neeson is enjoyable, as always, in a quieter and more pensive tough-guy mode than the Taken films — his recent, golden run of weathered leading roles continues. It travels to corners of New York that don’t often make it to screen — rooftop pigeon coops and believably crummy Hell’s Kitchen apartments, empty Red Hook streets and Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

But those elements just couldn’t, for me, balance out the lingering unpleasantness of how A Walk Among the Tombstones was telling its story. It’s hollow pulp trying to pass off gloom as thematic weight, a story that creates monsters and takes pleasure in letting them run loose so that it can end on a note bemoaning what a terrible world it is.

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In Just A Few Steps, This Guy Built A Home Theater In His Basement…Epic!

In 2014, the number of people going to actual movie theaters hit a 20-year low.

Reasons varied from high ticket prices to lackluster movie options and an increase in streaming capabilities. But I’d argue something different altogether…

You see, when it’s so easy to build your own at-home movie theater, I can totally understand why people would rather curl up in their basement than have to deal with the overpowering smell of stale popcorn.

Don’t think it’s so simple? Well, I give you AtTheLeftThere‘s DIY creation!

Before getting to work on his basement, he sketched out his design and made sure the wiring was in order.

He painted the ceiling black for a real theater vibe.

Red walls were also key.

Wiring for the lights and electronics was hidden in the walls.

AtTheLeftThere made his own 105-inch screen out of projection cloth and pieces of pine for the frame.

Then it was time to get to work on the risers.

He opted for two-by-sixes and pieces of OSB for the platforms.

This shelving unit would hold his gaming consoles, video games, and other odds and ends.

He put carpet on the risers to prevent echoing and add a touch of coziness.

Couches and other furniture pieces went in…

Along with some old-school movie posters.

He gave it a whirl and is ultimately pretty satisfied with the results!

I’m not going to lie…

I’m pretty jealous of this home theater! While I still plan on going to the movies for 3-D films, this definitely has its own appeal. When can we come by for a viewing party?

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Here Are 8 Awesome Documentaries That Actually Won’t Depress You.

As a huge fan of documentaries, I have found a recurring theme amongst all of the films I’ve watched. That theme is that they are all horrendously depressing. Most documentaries aim to tackle serious issues and with that comes a lot of weight.

Sometimes, I’d like to leave a documentary feeling good. I want to feel like something was accomplished and I can go about my day without crying. These are the best documentaries that will lift your spirits and keep your chin up.

1.) Finding Joe

This documentary aims to explain the concept of the “Hero’s Journey.” This is a journey that everyone must go through that will shape them as a person and how we identify our own journey.

2.) Being Elmo

As the creator of the Elmo Puppet on Sesame Street, Kevin Clash has gone on to have amazing success as a puppeteer and an entertainer for children. This documentary follows Kevin’s journey.

3.) Man On Wire

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This thrilling documentary follows Phillippe Petit as he goes on to accomplish his daring tight rope walk between the Twin Towers. This is an awe-inspiring tale of a man who never gave up on his dream to pull off an incredible stunt.

4.) I Am

Tom Shadyac suffered a near death mountain biking accident and had an epiphany, and this documentary is that vision. It aims to answer the big questions like, why is the world the way it is and is there anything we can do anything to better it?

5.) Happy

Happy tries to find out what makes people in general happy. Many studies have been conducted about depression and anger, but this flips that all on its head when it tries to discover the meaning and cause of true happiness.

6.) The Century Of The Self

The Century Of The Self shows us how classic philosophers have influenced capitalism, politics, and governments and how we can learn from them so that we aren’t taken advantage of. It aims to educate us about the pitfalls of marketing and advertising and how to become less of a sheep.

7.) Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

Jiro Ono has one of the most successful sushi businesses in the world and this documentary shows his practices and how he became such a smash hit in the sushi world.

8.) Searching For Sugar Man

This documentary is about a failed rock star in the US but was massively successful in South America inexplicably. It follows his fans as they travel to the States to try to find him and what happened to him.

Do you have a couple of hours to kill? I hope you do. Check out these great documentaries and feel better about life. Share this post with your fellow documentary lovers and plan a happy documentary party!

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