Throat Slit Effect

This video is for Nikki, so she can see what getting her throat slit looks like from the audience’s point of view. We aren’t using this special effect technique, so it won’t look exactly like this in performance, but it should give a good general idea. Also, since Nikki pretty much can’t stand horror movies, this is a nice, non-scary way to check it all out. The whole video is pretty interesting, but if you just want to see the effect in action, skip ahead to minute 8.


For a slit throat in action, see this clip from Scream, starting at about 2:40…



Out of This World

Lexi’s world has weird fissures in it where she begins to step out of the chronology of events. Lauren mentioned that one way to think of it is like the early 1990s sitcom Out of This World, in which young Evie (the daughter of an alien father and human mother) has the ability to stop time by touching her fingertips together.

Let’s watch some trailers!

For past blog posts on horror movies, choose “horror” from the tag cloud at the bottom of this page.

Greg & Ilana recommend:


• Scream • Scream 2 • Scream 3 • Scream 4





• Urban Legend (which awesomely features Robert Englund, best known as the actor who plays Freddy in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise) • Urban Legends: Final Cut • Urban Legends: Bloody Mary



I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (Featuring a guy with a hook!)

I Know What You Did Last Summer • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer • I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer



Lauren recommends some scarier movies:


• Final Destination 1 • Final Destination 2 • Final Destination 3 • Final Destination 4 • Final Destination 5






• Halloween (1978 version) • Halloween II • Halloween III: Season of the Witch • Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers • Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later • Halloween: Resurrection • Halloween (Rob Zombie’s 2007 version) • H2 (Rob Zombie’s 2009 sequel)

It Gets Better

Founded in late 2010, the It Gets Better Project was created by Savage Love columnist and gay activist Dan Savage to show young LBGT people that happiness is possible if they can just persevere through their teen years. Savage was prompted by the surprising spate of suicides by gay teens reported on by the media:

“It Gets Better Project™ has turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 30,000 user-created videos viewed more than 40 million times. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more. For us, every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it.”

The video that started it all:

Captain Howdy Calling

In the designer vision meeting last night, Greg was talking about how the humor in the play is easy to harness, but the challenge will be in marrying that humor to the darkness, the terrifying, the unnerving. There’s a place in this production for people to be truly startled or scared. The Exorcist came up as a reference point for its use of subliminal imagery and soundscape to create a fundamental sense of unease and, at times, shock.

Below, the Demon Face, aka, Captain Howdy, aka, Pazuzu.

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You can find details and timestamps for all the subliminal imagery in The Exorcist at (for reals).

Check out a video example of the demon face in action (sadly, it won’t let me embed the clip, but you can watch it on YouTube). You can also stream the whole movie on Netflix.


The following was excerpted from a blog about subliminal messages in popular culture. As you might imagine, the blog is a little bit bananas and full of conspiracy theories, but its account of the effect of subliminal imagery in The Exorcist is a fun read (if totally unsourced).

“Subliminal content doesn’t have to be sexual. The Exorcist movie used subliminal images to increase viewers sense of fear. Both subliminal sounds and pictures were used. A number of times during the movie, the face of Father Karras became a two-frame, full-screen death mask flashing for 0.02 second. Consciously unnoticed face of Pazuzu – the Babylonian king of demons and the word PIG appear many times throughout the movie.The terrified squealing of pigs being slaughtered was mixed subtly into the sound track. The buzzing sound of angry, agitated bees wove in and out of scenes throughout the film. People really did faint in large numbers, many more became nauseous in varying degrees, a great many more had disturbing nightmares. Several theater employees were actually placed under the care of physicians and a few quit their jobs. Employees frequently had to clean up floors and rugs when nauseous spectators (mostly male, for some reason) did not quite make it to the rest rooms. In the several cities that were checked after the film had run several weeks, every major hospital receiving department had dealt with dozens of fainting, nausea, hysteria and hallucination cases. It is interesting to note that William Peter Blatty, the author of the novel and producer of the movie, is a former CIA operative who served as the policy-branch chief of the Psychological Warfare Division of the U.S. Air Force. According to previously classified documents, the CIA tested subliminal manipulation in movie theaters during the late 1950-s.”