Abu Ishaq Al Juwayri wrote:
environment, atmosphere and age seem to be critical factors that determine if a movie is scary or not.....
This was certainly true in the case of my viewing of "The Exorcist." I was in college in Ohio, and some friends and I saw it in a theater. Ohio gets very cold in the winter, and on this occasion it was bitterly cold out. We walked a couple of miles to the theater, and then because of some scheduling error that I forget the nature of, we had to wait outside in the cold for over an hour. By the time we got into the theater, I was completely in agony, and took about 15 minutes to thaw out. Perhaps this has something to do with the effect that the movie had on me.
By the way, welcome to A2K.