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The best horror film I've seen in years,
This review is from: The Exorcism Of Emily Rose [DVD]  (DVD)I like to think of myself as a bit of a horror fan, but can say quite honestly that I haven't seen a really good scary film in quite a few years. To sum up, this is the first film made in the last 20 years or so to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. And more than once! I agree with the reviewer who said it makes you check mirrors, wonder why the door's creaking and peek out of the curtains...
It has something of the late 70's/early 80's horror classics, the Biblical and supernatural elements being what's missing in most modern horror films (the gore of the Saw and Hostel films, mutant in-bred locals of films like Wolf Creek and strange creatures of films like The Descent, Jeepers Creepers and Creep do little for me in this respect). This film puts me in mind of the Omen trilogy, the first 2 Amityville films and not surprisingly the original Exorcist. You can imagine this happening, it's a universal horror and that's it's power.
I'm not saying the film is perfect; there's a little too much courtroom and not enough of the flashbacks, or indeed what may be happening to Erin at 3am every morning, I feel this in particular could have been developed a little further. It's in these scenes where the scary stuff is and what made this film rivetting for me. Overall, a nice surprise and I'm wondering why it took me a few years to get round to seeing it. I just wish my daughter wasn't called Emily Rose...