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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9 Real-Life Ghost Encounters People Have Had After Watching Scary Movies

I’ve always been a huge fan of scary movies, but I won’t lie. Some of them have given me horrible nightmares.

Although I’m okay with the occasional bad dream because I love the genre so much, I don’t think I could continue watching horror flicks if they brought real paranormal activity into my life.

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The people below know exactly what I mean, because they’ve shared seriously terrifying stories about what happened to them after watching (and even starring in) horror films.

1. Vera Farmiga, who starred in “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” said that when she went home from filming one night, she found three slashes across her laptop’s screen. Director James Wan also saw his dog growling one night at what appeared to be nothing at all.

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The Perrons, the real family that the film was based on, came to the set one day. When they went home, Carolyn Perron felt a strange presence push her to the ground.

2. Nancy P. told Week In Weird about the chilling nightly visitor she had to entertain after watching “The Conjuring 2.”

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I wanted to send an email to let you know that strange things have started happening in my house after my [husband] and I watched “The Conjuring 2.” Everything was fine until the end of the movie when Lorraine said the name “Valak.” As soon as she said the name, our back door swung open and it sounded like someone came running into the house. When my husband went into the kitchen to check, there was no one there. For the last three days, we have heard knocking on our walls at night and the sound of someone walking up our stairs. I know it is because of that movie and we’re already talking about calling a priest over for a blessing on the house. There is something wrong with that movie.

3. Maria B. and her family were plagued by a destructive phantom after they watched part of “The Conjuring 2” as well.

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Just wanted to throw this out there. Last night we watched part of “The Conjuring 2.” Not all of it, since my son was scared already. My husband went to go put my son off to bed and slept with him. At almost 3 a.m., my husband came back to our room. [He] lies down in bed and in our closet we hear a sound of dishes breaking. My husband gets up turns on the light. And the picture of us married, the beautiful picture frame it stood in was broken in two. I should not have agreed to watch that movie. All my stuff in my closet is put away so neatly. I am still trying to understand how it could have flown and broken like that. Sorry to have bugged you, just thought you should know. People should not watch that movie.

4. Gina Frost from the U.K. suffered through 40 years of terrifying hallucinations after watching “The Exorcist” as a teenager.

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Just one week later, I was in my bedroom and I began seeing rats running up and down the walls. I ended up locking myself in my bedroom for weeks because I was so petrified. I thought I was going mad. It took me about nine weeks before I felt like I could go back into the world.

Ever since then, I have been experiencing awful hallucinations that make me feel sick. I hallucinate about my own death. It’s like I am watching a film in my head where I am being ripped apart and tortured. It is enough to turn anybody’s stomach and it makes me feel ill.

The hallucinations have taken over my life when it comes to social situations. Ever since I was 18, I have tried to avoid being in social situations just in case I have a hallucination. Between the ages of 18 and 39, the hallucinations were erratic, but over the past 10 years they have gotten worse.

At one point, I was having up to three hallucinations a week and each one lasted three minutes. I often felt exhausted afterwards.

I haven’t been able to watch a horror film since.

Although things got better for Frost after she started taking medication, her hallucinations still haven’t fully gone away.

5. After people went inside a theater in Rome to watch “The Exorcist,” lighting struck a nearby church and left the shape of a cross on the ground below. This film also caused many people to pass out and vomit while watching it that night.

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Many creepy things also happened during the making of the movie. Several actors and their family members (including relatives of the crew) died shortly after filming was finished, and multiple fires broke out on set.

6. Jennifer Carpenter, star of “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” believes that she was followed home by some kind of entity during the making of the movie.

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When we were shooting, my stereo kept turning itself on in the middle of the night. It freaked me out because it started playing Pearl Jam’s “Alive” — just the “I’m still alive” part. It stayed with me for a while.

7. In the middle of watching “The Conjuring 2,” Joanne P. and her family heard terrifying screams that weren’t part of the movie.

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We were just watching “The Conjuring 2” and my family paused it while I went to my bedroom to change into my pajamas. As soon as I walked into my bedroom, I could hear loud screaming. I thought they turned the TV up really loud in the living room, but then realized it was coming through my bedroom TV speaker. There was nothing on my TV. My two sons, grandson, and son’s girlfriend all witnessed it. Needless to say, we stopped watching the movie.

8. Actress JoBeth Williams said that during the filming of “Poltergeist,” she found the pictures on her walls hanging crookedly every night, even though she fixed them every time.

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Heather O’ Rourke, the star of the movie, even passed away at only 12 years old, but she wasn’t the only actress to die. Dominique Dunne was murdered by her ex-boyfriend the same year the movie was released.

It was believed that real human skeletons were used in the film and that this cursed everyone associated with it.

9. William Castle, the producer of “Rosemary’s Baby,” received many letters from people who had watched the movie. They told him that he had unleashed evil by making it. Not long after, he suffered a urinary blockage and had to have surgery. During his operation, he reportedly shouted, “Rosemary, for God’s sake, drop the knife!”

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Director Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was tragically murdered by Charles Manson a year after the film’s release, and John Lennon was shot outside of the hotel that’s in the movie.

Composer Krzysztof Komeda also passed away one year after the release due to a brain aneurism, just like one of the characters did in the movie.

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As much as it pains me to say this, I might have to take a break from watching horror films for a while. Those stories are just way too freaky.

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These Disturbing Movies Have Some Even More Disturbing, And True, Stories Behind Them

It’s spooky enough to learn that your favorite horror movies are based on urban legends, which might have a grain or two of truth behind them. Those kinds of movies make you start looking behind you in the dark and jumping when the phone rings. But there’s no real proof behind any of those legends.

There is, however, plenty of proof for the events described in these movies; they were all based on very true, very disturbing events. 

1.) The Hills Have Eyes, 1977

In this movie, a family encounters an inbred, cannibalistic clan after being stranded in the Nevada desert. Director Wes Craven was inspired by the 15th and 16th century Scottish legend of Sawney Bean. Bean and his equally deranged wife were said to live in a cave where they produced fourteen children, who in turn produced thirty-two grandchildren, many of them products of incest. They would kidnap and murder passers by, dismembering and eating the bodies, leaving their cave scattered with human remains. Eventually, the lot of them were captured and executed. Obviously this is a legend that seems to have grown with each retelling, but historians have found evidence of cannibalism in the region during the medieval period.

2.) Heavenly Creatures, 1994

This surreal movie follows the intense friendship of Pauline and Juliet in 1950s New Zealand, and the fantasy world they create that begins to become confused with real life. Their parents become concerned that their friendship is unhealthy or homosexual (homosexuality being considered, in the 1950s, a mental illness), and the girls plot a revenge. In real life, this revenge took the form of the murder of Pauline’s mother, Honorah Rieper, in 1954. The girls, only 15, beat Honorah to death with a brick. They were considered too young for the death penalty, and, after serving five-year sentences, they were released on the condition that they never contact one another again. Juliet Hulme changed her name to Anne Perry and became an acclaimed author.

3.) The Conjuring, 2013

While the ending of this movie was embellished for cinematic thrills, the story is based on the testimony of the Perron family who, in 1971, moved into a large house just outside Harrisville, Rhode Island. The parents, Roger and Carolyn, and their five daughters reported several supernatural occurrences, including an old woman in a gray dress who told Carolyn to leave, a small child calling for its mother, and doors that would slam shut at will. Famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called in. In a later interview, Lorraine, now 87, recalled the haunting as one of the worst she’d encountered.

4.) The Town That Dreaded Sundown, 1976

Set in 1946, this movie tells the story of a small town beset by a mysterious hooded serial killer who goes about shooting people. The movie was based on what are now known as the Texarkana Moonlight Murders, where an unknown assailant called the “Phantom Killer” attacked eight people with a .32 over the span of 10 weeks, killing five. The town was put on lockdown after sunset and the police launched a full investigation, but nothing ever came of it, and the murders remain unsolved.

5.) The Lost, 2006

This movie, based off Jack Ketchum’s novel, tells the story of charming-but-psychopathic teenager Ray Pye, who shoots two girls while camping with his friends. His friends help him cover the evidence, but Pye begins to crumble under the burden of his deeds. Pye was based on Charles Schmid, a popular young man from Tuscon, AZ, who raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl and, with the help of his friends, buried her body. A year later, he confessed his crime to a girlfriend, but, when she threatened to go to the police, he killed her and her 13-year-old sister. He again confessed to a friend, who decided not to risk a threat but went straight to the police. Schmid was given a life sentence, and was murdered in prison in 1975.

6.) The Strangers, 2008

This movie draws inspiration from several different accounts of home invasions and murders, including the Manson family murders, but it also drew on a less well-known case called the Keddie Murders. In 1981, a woman, her son and son’s friend were found murdered in the living room of cabin 28 in Keddie, CA, near the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Part of the skull of the woman’s 12-year-old daughter was found almost 30 miles from Keddie three years later. No further evidence was even found, and the murders remain unsolved. It’s believed two people were involved in the murders.

7.) Open Water, 2006

This movie’s chilling premise is that while on a scuba diving trip, a couple is left behind in the middle of the ocean by their boat. If that seems far-fetched, consider that it actually happened to a couple from Baton Rouge, LA, in 1998. Tom and Eileen Lonergan were part of a scuba diving excursion in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and the boat apparently left for its next stop before they returned. No one realized they were missing until someone found their bag two days later. There was a search for them, but they were never found, and are presumed to have drowned.

8.) Child’s Play, 1988

The premise for these movies, where a serial killer transfers his soul into a doll, is a bit ridiculous, but it was actually pulled from real life. In 1903, a 3-year-old boy named Robert Eugene Otto received a doll as a gift. He named it after himself and took it everywhere. His parents reported hearing two voices in the boy’s room at night; one was their son’s, and one was…not. Robert would also blame Robert the Doll for messing up his room. Robert the Human kept the doll for his entire life, even into marriage (she was a very patient woman, it seems), and people would say that the doll would watch them from the windows as they passed his house. The couple who moved into the house after Robert and his wife died also, for some reason, hung onto the doll, and claimed that they would hear giggles coming from the room where it was kept.

9.) Wolf Creek, 2005

In this movie, backpackers in the Austalian outback run into serial killer Mick Taylor, who’s always on the lookout for more victims to skin alive. Creepy? Yes. Creepier still? It’s based on real events. Ivan Milat, raised in the outback and a skilled hunter, used to prey on backpackers just like the fictional Taylor. He didn’t skin his victims–that was added for the film–but evidence shows that his victims were stabbed in the base of the spine, which would paralyze them for the rest of the attack. It’s believed that Milat killed at least seven people. He might have killed more, but one of his victims, a British backpacker named Paul Onions, managed to get away, and later picked Milat out of a lineup. Milat was given seven consecutive life sentences in 1997. In a chilling turn of events, Milat’s nephew and nephew’s friend were sentenced to several decades in prison for the murder of a 17-year-old, which they recorded, in 2012, at the same forest where Ivan had buried his victims.

10.) The Girl Next Door, 2007

No, not the one about the porn star moving in next to a teenage boy. This much more disturbing movie is based on the real-life murder of Sylvia Likens in Indianapolis in 1965. Likens and her sister were left in the care of Gertrude Baniszewski. Baniszewski, however, was a psycho who not only beat and abused Sylvia, but encouraged her children and some of the neighborhood children to partake as well. The terrible abuse resulted in the 16-year-old’s murder. In the end, Baniszewski, her son, her daughter and daughter’s boyfriend, and another friend of theirs were arrested and convicted.

So what’s scarier, the fact that these horrific events actually happened, or the looming specter of immortal urban legends that might be true?

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Seven Foreign Films to Add International Flair to Your Halloween Movie Lineup.

The U.S. certainly does not have the market cornered on horror movies. Fear is universal, and tales of terror have originated from around the world since the existence of storytelling. Foreign horror films are a double treat because not only do you get the scares, but you also get a glimpse of the ways human fears manifest in other cultures. Plenty of foreign horror films have also been remade for American audiences, like Ju-On (The Grudge) and Ringu (The Ring), as have some of the films on this list. 

These are seven films of non-U.S. origin that will scare the pants off you. There are a lot more, of course, but these are some of our favorites.

[REC], 2007

<i>[REC]</i>, 2007 IMDb This Spanish film was recreated almost shot for shot in the American adaptation, Quarantine. It tells the tale of a young reporter following a firefighting squad around for the evening. They’re called to an apartment complex where a medical emergency has taken place, and soon they find themselves locked in with the residents. They’re also trapped with a terrifying illness that turns people into zombies. If you’ve seen Quarantine, you’ve essentially seen this, but there’s something to be said for seeing the original.

Dumplings, 2004

<i>Dumplings</i>, 2004 IMDb This icky film from Hong Kong stars Miriam Yeung as an aging former TV star mourning the loss of her youth. She meets up with a surgeon-turned-black market chef who supplies her with just the thing to turn back time. The film makes the special ingredient of these anti-aging dumplings clear from the start, so you’ll know exactly what you’re in for, but that’s only the beginning.

Let the Right One In, 2008

<i>Let the Right One In</i>, 2008 IMDb Oskar is an outcast, friendless and bullied in school, until he meets Eli. She’s a mysterious girl who moves into his apartment complex. The two become friends fast, but there’s definitely something off about Eli, who only seems to come out at night and has to be invited in before she steps foot in Oskar’s place. This was remade in the U.S. as Let Me In with Chloe Grace Moretz, but the original Swedish version is superior, if quieter.

Kwaidan/Ghost Stories, 1964

<i>Kwaidan/Ghost Stories</i>, 1964 IMDb This collection tells four spooky stories from Japan, including the classic “Hoichi the Earless.” The stories are set up much like stage plays, with the atmospheres created by the set design rather than by any special effects (also, it was made in 1964). Besides being visually striking, the tales are downright chilling, and, in the case of “The Woman in the Snow,” some are deeply sad.

Trollhunter, 2010

<i>Trollhunter</i>, 2010 IMDb Norway is known as the land of trolls for a really good reason, as this found-footage monster flick illustrates. A group of students are investigating what appears to be the poaching of several bears. The truth, though, is a lot more dangerous. This film has some scares, but it’s also a lot of fun, and the special effects are surprisingly good.

He Loves Me…He Loves Me Not, 2002

<i>He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not</i>, 2002 IMDb This isn’t your standard chiller fare, at least not for the first bit. It follows Angelique, a young artist blissfully in love with a doctor. He’s married, but she’s sure he’s planning on leaving his wife for her. Of course, that’s how it is from her point of view. From his point of view, things are quite different. The cutesy style of this movie makes everything so much creepier.

Hour of the Wolf, 1968

<i>Hour of the Wolf</i>, 1968 IMDb Ingmar Bergman is known for his eerie, psychological films, and this might be the closest he gets to actual horror. An artist and his young, unassuming wife are vacationing on a remote island. The artist soon finds himself plagued by manifestations of his own troubled psyche. The manifestations aren’t content to stay in his mind, though, and things get out of hand.

When it comes to foreign films, some people have an issue with subtitles, but I’m going to say this: English dubs are always terrible, and when it comes to horror films, where the mood is everything, there’s no worse disservice you can do. Suck it up and read the subtitles. Just don’t count on sleeping with the lights off when you go to bed after watching these.

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Your Worst Nightmares Are Actually Very, Very Real. I’ll Never Watch These Movies The Same Again.

If you’re the type of person who can’t keep their eyes open during a scary movie, you might not want to read any further. Not only are these movies terrifying to simply sit and watch in the comfort of your own home, but they are all inspired by things that actually happened. Some origins are tamer than others, filmmakers throwing in embellishments to make them spooky, but others are downright chilling. Scroll on…if you dare.

1. The Amityville Horror

2. The Conjuring

3. Jaws

4. Open Waters

5. From Hell

6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs and Psycho

7. Dracula

8. The Hills Have Eyes

9. The Snake and the Rainbow

10. The Rite

11. The Strangers

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Appreciate The Horror Genre The Right Way With These 10 Scary Films.

Halloween is approaching fast, so it’s time once again to break out the horror flicks! They’re fun any time of year, but they’re especially fun when you curl up with (or hide under) a big blanket with some friends. Or alone…if you dare.

There are so many horror movies and, unfortunately, a lot of them are pretty terrible. Don’t get me wrong, I love a terrible horror movie from time to time. There is something satisfying about laughing at something that was obviously meant to terrify.

But there are only so many horror movie tropes you can see before they start to bore you. Creepy little girls in white nightgowns, flash cuts, jump scares, and oozing black substances get old. With so many sub-par films out there, it can get disappointing when you’re in the mood for a scare.

So we compiled a list of some of the best and scariest movies we’ve ever seen. We’re leaving out a lot of the classics, because you’ve probably heard of them. Instead, we’re including smaller movies and movies that might not be traditional “horror” films, but are creepy anyway.

1.) The Haunting, Robert Wise, 1963

The 1999 sequel never happened. It never happened. Okay? This horror movie is perfect for people squeamish about horror movies, because the scares are in your mind rather than on the screen. You don’t have to wonder when something is going to appear and shock-scare you, but hardened horror veterans can appreciate it, too. It’s a classic story of a group of strangers in a supposedly haunted house looking to do research on the paranormal. And, yes, they find it.

2.) The Innkeepers, Ti West, 2011

A hotel with a known ghost legend is about to close. Two ghost hunting employees, alone for the hotel’s last night, are determined to find ghosts before they have to find new jobs. And they do…kind of. This is another film that’s more psychological than just things popping out and shrieking, and it requires thought. Director Ti West stated in interviews that he’s not content to let the audience in on too much. Instead, he makes them come along for the ride without the benefit of figuring out what’s actually going on.

3.) Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli, 2007

No, wait, hear me out. Ignore that this movie became a franchise with about a billion sequels. The original movie is actually pretty good. It’s a found-footage movie chronicling couple Micah and Katie’s move into a new house and the way they cope when things start…happening. It’s a pretty slow-paced movie, with little in the way of scares or special effects, but what it offers is effective. It’s also an interesting take on the “haunted house” genre, with the people, rather than the space, being haunted. Skip the sequels, though. They’re not worth it.

4.) The Orphanage, J.A. Bayona, 2007

A couple moves into an old orphanage with the hopes of refurbishing it and making it into a home for disabled children. When they arrive, their young son Simon begins to make friends, in particular a little boy named Tomas. Trouble is, no one can see Tomas. As the movie unfolds, secrets about Tomas, Simon, and the orphanage become unveiled. Though there are horror elements, and the film is chilling and suspenseful, but what carries this one is the compelling story. It’s also produced by Guillermo del Toro, so it’s visually striking as well.

5.) The Conjuring, James Wan, 2013

A family of seven moves into a picturesque old house. When things start getting creepy, they call in famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Then things get really creepy. This film was shot and styled like a classic 70s horror movie. It has nothing in the way of gore, violence, sex or even swearing, but was given an R rating simply because it’s really scary. It’s also lightyears better than Wan’s Insidious films.

6.) Event Horizon, Paul W.S. Anderson, 1997

The crew of a spaceship discovers a ghost ship off Jupiter that disappeared after generating and entering a manmade black hole. The trouble with creating black holes is you might open up into a dimension of pure chaos, but the rescue crew doesn’t realize this. What follows is the descent into both figurative and literal hell for the crew. This is not a film for children, with a considerable amount of violence and gore. And while it’s scary, the film’s real horror comes from the impending doom, the isolation of space, and each of the crew members’ personal demons.

7.) Jug Face, Chad Crawford Kinkle, 2013

This Southern gothic tale is not what you expect. Whatever you expect, you’re probably wrong. The movie centers on a rural, isolated community that worships “the Pit,” a hole in the ground exuding a supernatural force…and demands human sacrifice. Again, whatever you’re thinking now, you’re also wrong. It’s a desolate, ominous, character-driven piece with a mythology of its own.

8.) The Moth Diaries, Mary Harron, 2011

This movie is “horror” in the traditional sense, drawing inspiration from the gothic novels of the 19th century. When a newcomer strikes up a close friendship with her best friend, boarding school student Rebecca struggles with the feeling that something isn’t quite right about this new girl. Or maybe she’s just jealous? Using the classic vampire tale as its foundation, this movie is also an exploration of the friendships of teen girls. It’s an interesting departure from the basic vampire story. Vampire fans should take a look.

9.) Alien, Ridley Scott, 1979

“But wait,” you say, “that’s a sci-fi movie!” Yes, it is, but it’s more science horror than science fiction. It’s described as a “slasher movie in space,” and director Scott knew from the outset that fear was the feeling he wanted to inspire. The crew of a mining ship encounters a strange distress call, and when they investigate, an alien life form sneaks aboard their ship. This is the kind of movie that’s scary because of what you don’t see, and the claustrophobic settings add to the feeling of inescapable doom.

10.) “In Chambers,” Aleksander Nordaas, 2011

This one is a short! Clocking in at only 10 minutes, you can watch this on your lunch break for a spooky afternoon. This short involves nefarious men with medical equipment and a great soundtrack. Explaining any more would give too much away.

So grab that popcorn and turn the lights down. Actually, on better thought, you might want to keep them on for these! 

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