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THE LIST

100- The Wicker Man
99- Return of the Living Dead
98- To Kill A Mockingbird
97- Frankenstein
96- Blue Velvet
95- Diabolique
94- Jaws
93- Creepshow
92- Confessions of an Opium Eater
91- The Hills Have Eyes
90- Dumbo
89- The Blair Witch Project
88- Heavy Metal
87- The Shining
86- Night of The Hunter
85- Audition
84- Scanners
83- The Legend of Boggy Creek
82- The Birds
81- Tombs of the Blind Dead
80- Invasion of the Body Snatchers
79- The Crying Game
78- The Exorcist III
77- Event Horizon
76- The Shining
75- Wait Until Dark
74- Silent Scream
73- Gates of Hell
72- Poltergeist II
71- Akira
70- The Evil Dead

69- Zombie
68- Freaks
67- Prince of Darkness
66- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
65- Marathon Man
64- Poltergeist
63- The Wizard of Oz
62- When A Stranger Calls
61- The Shining
60- Pee Wee's Big Adventure
59- Jaws
58- A Clockwork Orange
57- The Exorcist
56- Psycho
55- It
54- The Changeling
53- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
52- The Ring
51- Jaws
50- An American Werewolf In London
49- Trilogy of Terror
48- The Exorcist
47- Eraserhead
46- Salem's Lot
45- Poltergeist
44- Repulsion
43- Friday The 13th
42- Seven
41- Reservoir Dogs
40- King Kong
39- The Thing
38- 28 Days Later
37-
Deliverance
36- Silence of the Lambs
35- The Grudge
34- The Ring
33- Indiana Jones Temple of Doom
32- The Evil Dead 2
31- The Exorcist
30- Alien
29- Phantom of the Opera
28- The Shining
27- Full Metal Jacket
26- Dracula
25- Halloween
24- Suspiria
23- A Nightmare on Elm Street
22- The Serpent and the Rainbow
21- Invasion of the Bodysnatchers
20- Jaws
19- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
18- Nosferatu
17- Misery
16- The Thing
15- Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
14- The Blair Witch Project
13- Night of the Living Dead
12- The Exorcist
11- Psycho
10- The Shining
9- The Exorcist III
8- Night of the Living Dead
7-
Jacob's Ladder
6- Un Chien Andalou
5- Poltergeist
4- Alien
3- The Shining
2- Carrie
1- Mulholland Drive

 

#9 THE EXORCIST III (1990)
HELLO, NURSE!


The Exorcist III had the unfortunate advantage of being made after the horrible Exorcist II: The Heretic.  Written and directed by Exorcist author William Peter Blatty, it's got some incredibly chilling moments.  I had heard a lot about the "nurse scene" from friends but had never seen it until recently.  A testament to how scary it is lies in the fact that I was fast forwarding the DVD to find it, fully expected to see something scary, and was still scared shitless once I found it. 

It's a great setup.  A nurse makes her nighttime rounds at the asylum.  After a false "GOTCHA!" scare when a man pops up from his bed to talk with her, you see a long lingering shot down the hallway in which she fiddles around with stuff at her desk, interacts with a security guard, then walks back to the hall.  She enters a patient's room to the left, and after about 4 seconds, comes out again, looking no worse for the wear.  Only immediately behind her is some crazy dude wearing a strange white robe, carrying large shears.  Right before he cuts her head off, the shot cuts to an image of a headless statue.  It's a beatifully scary moment that doesn't fail to make your heart skip a beat.

 

-Robert Berry
rberry@retrocrush.com