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Most confronting/controversial for me would be The Exorcist.

For anyone my age, seeing that for the first time in the cinema way back in the early 70's it was a movie that shocked and scared the pants off you. The special effects had never been seen before and the central religious theme was controversial in the extreme(for the times).

 

At the Bourke St cinema I remember people walking out, indeed almost running out and people throwing up in the toilets and people standing around in the foyer looking ashen faced.

It was that kind of a movie and even now I can feel the eeriness and sense of shock that many of the pivotal scenes induced, beginning with Regan standing in her nightie pi*sing herself and then of course the famous scenes as her possession by The Devil intensified.

 

Nominations for 10 oscars says an awful lot about the quality of this movie.

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9 minutes ago, Luc said:

Most confronting/controversial for me would be The Exorcist.

all these years later it sure gave me the heebeegeebees, for anyone wanting to watch or revisit, its worth getting hold of the 40th anniversary edition if can, 

 

 

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Hmmm never had that reaction with the Exorcist then and now...

Though one film did raise the hairs on the back of my neck was Bettlejuice when he wanders down into the underworld...

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17 minutes ago, betty boop said:

all these years later it sure gave me the heebeegeebees, for anyone wanting to watch or revisit, its worth getting hold of the 40th anniversary edition if can, 

 

 

Hadn't realised you'd done a thread on this Al, I just had a quick read and I'm glad to see many peeps had the same views/reaction to it as I did. Indeed even seeing it at the same cinema complex  @🌛  (go back to being Zen, Zen! a lot easier)

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I remember this movie as a child, I never got to see it back then as was too young

 

I laughed at that! You young whipper snipper you!

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38 minutes ago, betty boop said:

 

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24 minutes ago, BLAH BLAH said:

Hmmm never had that reaction with the Exorcist then and now...

Though one film did raise the hairs on the back of my neck was Bettlejuice when he wanders down into the underworld...

I think a lot of people my age had the same reactions as me because everything about the movie was new, the SFX had never been seen before and the depiction of the Devil inhabiting Regan was just so real. They probably look a bit ho hum now I guess.

 

This is what the artist formerly known as Zen Meister thought of it and he's only a little bit older than me(well he looks  older than me...😝)

 

How times have changed, and how hardened we have become.

I saw "THE EXORCIST" during its first week of showing in a cinema in Bourke Street, long since gone.

To say it merely shook up the audience would be an understatement. At certain points during the showing, there would be a steady stream of people heading for the exits. For those that lasted the distance, there was a shocked and hushed silence in the theatre at the end.

I am of two minds about the ' little ' extras done with the Directors Cut. For those not in the know, watch for the demonic faces hidden in the kitchen scenes. What possessed them to cut the spider walk from the original edition, demons only know.

Al, I agree, the sound design is excellent. But to this day, I cannot hear the opening bars of TUBULAR BELLS without being sucked back in time.

The sequel sucked bigtime, but part three has one of the best 'blink and you miss it ' five seconds of cinema terror I have ever seen.

The prequel, from 2005, directed by Paul Schrader was called " DOMINION" and I rate it very highly.

Last thought: I have never thought of " THE EXORCIST " as a horror film. To me, it is a supernatural thriller.

ZM.

 

 

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@Luc

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Yngvi said:

@Luc

 

 

 

You numpty.

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Just now, Luc said:

You numpty.

You called !

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@betty boop  The people leaving Al, that's my abiding memory of it and...I was one of them. I forgot to mention it took me 3 goes to see it in it's entirety and the third go was at the Drive In!

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Cat People - 1982 - Cat People is a 1982 American erotic horror film directed by Paul Schrader. It stars Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell; John Heard, ... this film was pretty confronting - amazing theme song though by David Bowie

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2 minutes ago, Luc said:

@betty boop  The people leaving Al, that's my abiding memory of it and...I was one of them. I forgot to mention it took me 3 goes to see it in it's entirety and the third go was at the Drive In!

even for a fresh watcher like me few years ago now, it holds up well to time I think :) as far as controversial and confronting it sure hits those spots :D

 

 

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Last exit to Brookyn , ws pretty full on 

 

I remember the black robe also pretty brutal.at the time 

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I won tickets to the preview of Easy Rider. I remember both being shocked and seeing people sitting against the wall outside the theatre crying.

 

Haven't watched it since.

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"Murder in the first " with Kevin Bacon.

Very few movies reduce me to tears but the entire film speaks vividly about how a minor petty crime by a minor can end up as a damning indictment of the entire US justice system.

It is way beyond sad and it makes me cry and rage simultaneously.

 

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"Dogs in Space" - feel good aussie film!

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Not sure about the 'best', but the 'most' confronting film I have seen is a doco titled 'Earthlings'.

 

A movie about the treatment of animals by humans.  I have a copy of it, but I have only ever watched it once.  I don't plan to watch it again either.

It made me depressed, frustrated, angry and bitter.  I was up out of my chair throwing expletives everywhere while watching it.

 

Not for the faint hearted - you will not believe your eyes, and the screaming of animals in pain and fear will haunt me for life.

 

Ant.

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18 minutes ago, BuzzzFuzzz said:

 

Not sure about the 'best', but the 'most' confronting film I have seen is a doco titled 'Earthlings'.

 

A movie about the treatment of animals by humans.  I have a copy of it, but I have only ever watched it once.  I don't plan to watch it again either.

It made me depressed, frustrated, angry and bitter.  I was up out of my chair throwing expletives everywhere while watching it.

 

Not for the faint hearted - you will not believe your eyes, and the screaming of animals in pain and fear will haunt me for life.

 

Ant.

I'll give that a miss then.....animal cruelty does haunt me and I avoid seeing it at all costs.

 

It's the reason I won't watch 'The Cove', about the dolphin slaughter in Japan.

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3 minutes ago, stevoz said:

I'll give that a miss then.....animal cruelty does haunt me and I avoid seeing it at all costs.

 

It's the reason I won't watch 'The Cove', about the dolphin slaughter in Japan.

Hey Steve.

 

It's weird hey???  We can watch Hollywood rip, tear, massacre, murder, rape, bleed and die while eating snacks.  All in the names of fantasy and fiction.

But we don't like to witness what we are capable of doing in real life.

 

I 'normally' avoid anything with prison bars, police, soldiers, guns and car chases, fictional or otherwise.  I wonder why?

I do watch them occasionally.  I like Tarantino's work, and the Cohen Bros.

 

Cheers Mate.

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2 movies that have always stuck in my mind , controversial probably not, but certainly confronting in parts 

 

 

 

 

And this being considered out there, at the time 

 

 

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American History X

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Not sure about the 'best', but the 'most' confronting film I have seen is a doco titled 'Earthlings'.
 
A movie about the treatment of animals by humans.  I have a copy of it, but I have only ever watched it once.  I don't plan to watch it again either.
It made me depressed, frustrated, angry and bitter.  I was up out of my chair throwing expletives everywhere while watching it.
 
Not for the faint hearted - you will not believe your eyes, and the screaming of animals in pain and fear will haunt me for life.
 
Ant.
It's on YouTube. Looks horrible truly disgusting what people can do.

I grew up on farms and consider myself lucky. I see many people in cities with pets that lead horrible lives but the owners don't see it. Dogs being left in a small yard or unit all day barking. Cats being let out to kill whatever they can catch....

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