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The Scariest Movie of All Time

Lining up for the Exorcist at the Nelson Theatre, now the Bytown.
Ross Dunn
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Lining up for the Exorcist at the Nelson Theatre, now the Bytown.

In 1973, moviegoers were seen fleeing from theaters. Some fainted; others threw up. That was the year that “The Exorcist” was released.

Based on William Peter Blatty’s smash hit novel of the same name, the film is about the demonic possession of 12-year old Regan MacNeil and the Catholic priest Damien Karras who tries to save her. Regan is a girl on the cusp of womanhood. Father Karras says he’s lost his faith. Most people remember “The Exorcist” for its (still) shocking depictions of possession — and copious amounts of projectile split pea soup. But our guest Andrew Nelson says it’s also a serious meditation on evil and the place of the Devil in American society. Join us for a conversation this Friday about “the scariest movie of all time” at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Salt Lake Film Society is screening “The Exorcist” on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Broadway Centre. You can purchase a ticket and check out the details here


Andrew Nelson | Chair of the Film and Media Arts Department at the University of Utah, author of “Still in the Saddle: The Hollywood Western, 1969 – 1980.” [Amazon | BookShop]

Airdate: Friday, October 13, 2023 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m