Movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113540/" [Broken] was extremely depressing
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Which one? The original?
It's not fair to watch a film decades old through modern-day-coloured glasses.
Well, the Amityville horror was based on a hoax, and the Exorcist was not based on a single story. But to suggest that the notion of exorcism, or the idea of possession, was invented in the early 1970's, is pretty silly. In fact the primary story on which it was based took place in 1949.Different critters entirely. "The Exorcist", like "The Amityville Horror" later on, was total ******** advertised as a true story.
The people involved in the production of the movies were not the source of the claims.Neither one ever happened, and yet to this day nobody involved in the productions admits that they were pure fiction.
As opposed to movies about Custer, Lincoln, or almost any significant event in US history? I will have to put on some Beatles albums, take some LSD, tune in, turn on, drop out, chant while playing my satar, and think about that one for a bit. I'm sure the ghost of Timothy Leary will provide some guidance here.George Romero's stuff, along with blobs, werewolves, etc. were marketed as escapism, and served that role quite well.
edit: And once again the forum software replaced "bovine excrement" with asterisks. That is becoming annoying.