Scary movies have always captured our attention with their spine-tingling stories and jump-scare moments. One movie that particularly stands out in this genre is ‘The Exorcist.’
This iconic film has not only terrified audiences but also become a pop culture phenomenon. Several movies have attempted to parody it, but which one did it the best? Let’s take a look.
‘Repossessed’ – A Worthy Parody?
One of the earliest parodies of ‘The Exorcist’ was the 1990 movie ‘Repossessed.’ This movie starred Leslie Nielsen and Linda Blair, who played Regan in the original movie. The plot revolves around a housewife named Nancy Aglet, played by Nielsen, who gets possessed by a demon.
While ‘Repossessed’ had its funny moments, it failed to capture the essence of what made ‘The Exorcist’ so terrifying. The jokes felt forced and unnatural, and the possession scenes lacked any real horror elements. Overall, ‘Repossessed’ falls short as a parody of ‘The Exorcist.’
‘Scary Movie 2’ – A Better Attempt
In 2001, ‘Scary Movie 2’ attempted to parody several horror movies, including ‘The Exorcist.’ This movie featured Anna Faris as Cindy Campbell, who gets possessed by a demon in a spoof of Regan’s possession from the original movie.
‘Scary Movie 2’ did a better job at capturing the horror elements of ‘The Exorcist.’ The scenes were well-executed and genuinely scary while still being able to bring in some humor. However, some may argue that this parody went too far with its crude humor and slapstick comedy.
‘Stan Helsing’ – A Forgettable Parody
In 2009, another parody movie tried its hand at ‘The Exorcist’ with ‘Stan Helsing.’ The movie starred Steve Howey as Stan Helsing, who must battle several famous horror movie villains, including a parody of Regan’s possession.
While ‘Stan Helsing’ had its moments, the parody of ‘The Exorcist’ was forgettable. The jokes fell flat, and the possession scenes lacked any real horror elements. Overall, it’s safe to say that ‘Stan Helsing’ is not the best parody of ‘The Exorcist.’
‘Scary Movie 4’ – The Best Parody Yet
In 2006, the fourth installment of the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise came out, and it did not disappoint. This movie featured a hilarious take on ‘The Exorcist,’ with Anna Faris reprising her role as Cindy Campbell.
‘Scary Movie 4’ managed to balance humor and horror perfectly in its parody of ‘The Exorcist.’ The possession scenes were genuinely scary while still being able to bring in some humor. The jokes were cleverly written and didn’t rely on crude humor or slapstick comedy.
In conclusion, while several movies have attempted to parody ‘The Exorcist,’ not all have been successful. Although movies like ‘Repossessed’ and ‘Stan Helsing’ had their moments, they fell short when it came to capturing what made the original movie so terrifying.
On the other hand, both installments of the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise that parodied this classic horror film managed to strike a perfect balance between humor and horror. However, out of these two parodies, it’s safe to say that ‘Scary Movie 4’ did a better job at capturing the essence of what made ‘The Exorcist’ such an iconic film.