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Exorcist tops disturbing film poll

Published 19/08/2010 | 14:13

The Exorcist - starring Linda Blair - topped a poll of disturbing movies
The Exorcist - starring Linda Blair - topped a poll of disturbing movies

Horror classic The Exorcist is still getting cinema fans in a spin nearly four decades on, after being named the most disturbing movie of all time.

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The tale of demonic possession - directed by William Friedkin - featured child star Linda Blair's head rotating 360 degrees and spewing green slime.

The 1973 film beat shockers such as Saw and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the poll by DVD rental and streaming service Lovefilm.

Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess's book A Clockwork Orange, in which a teenager gets his kicks out of a violent rampage, came second.

Gory psychological thriller Saw was placed third.

The other films in the top 10 were The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Requiem For A Dream, Irreversible, Se7en, Event Horizon, The Blair Witch Project and Antichrist.

The poll was commissioned to mark the release of The Human Centipede, in which a deranged surgeon holds three people captive before grafting their bodies together in a chain.

Helen Cowley, editor at Lovefilm, said: "As much as we wince and turn away from what's on screen, every film lover secretly loves a good horror flick.

"This list of disturbing films truly showcases the extreme lengths that film-makers will go to in order to continually shock audiences, but it's great to also see some classics in there - which arguably changed the way horror films are crafted for today's audiences."

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