October 18, 2014

31 Days of Creepy Scenes, #14: The Nurse Station

They've given us nightmares, given us chills, made us cringe, made us  laugh, made us gag, and made us stare at the screen in awe: these are  the scenes that pop into our minds when we think of great Horror Films, and we love them all.

*We recommend that if you've never seen these scenes before, that you  experience them for the first time unspoiled in the movies that they  come from, if you can. With that in mind, we'll try to be as spoiler-free as possible while discussing them; try, being the key word  here.

The Exorcist (1973) is one of the best, most effective Horror movies ever made. Period.

Of the four sequels that saw release over the 32 years, only The Exorcist 3: Legion (1990) came anywhere close to being as effective. It was a decent movie which might have been better had the executives at Morgan Creek not ordered last minute rewrites, reshoots, and a tacked on an exorcism scene at the end, that wasn't in the original script. That's Hollywood for you though.

Still, it's a pretty effective film which boasts some super creepy moments. The best of those moments comes in a quiet hospital hallway, where we see a nurse making her rounds....

It's a quick, simple scene with a great setup, and to this day it still makes us jump.

It's later revealed that the spirit of a serial killer named The Gemini has been possessing Father Karras (who isn't dead after all), and leaving his body every night to kill. This is all revenge for Karras casting the Demon Pazuzu out of Regan MacNeil in the first movie...

Convoluted plot aside, The Exorcist 3 is a spooky flick, and the nurse station scene stands to day as one of the most jarring scenes in Horror movie history.


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