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‘The Exorcist’ Screening at the Old Abandoned L.A. Zoo Is a Terrifyingly Good Idea

April 3, 2015 by Brian Champlin

Love the scary the stuff? Love outdoor movies? Check it.

This April 17 at 6pm the Great Horror Campout will host a night time screening of The Exorcist at the abandoned home of the Old L.A. Zoo in the heart of Griffith park.

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Oh snap, you’ve never seen The Exorcist? You think this is just some campy horror film from the 1970’s?

Well, let me put it subtilely…  IT WILL TERRIFY YOU! Especially when being taken in accompanied by the slow descent of darkness as twilight fades at the park.

At the time of the film’s release in 1973, the late film critic Roger Ebert wrote:

“The Exorcist” is one of the most powerful ever made. Our objections, our questions, occur in an intellectual context after the movie has ended. During the movie there are no reservations, but only experiences. We feel shock, horror, nausea, fear, and some small measure of dogged hope.”

Also, there’s Linda Blair’s head spinning (mind the NSFW language before you click to play).

Of course, on the lighter side of things the screening will also include prizes, merchandise, Great Horror Campout monsters and plenty of photo opportunities. Parking is free in Griffith Park upon availability. No overnight parking.

The move is rated R (and that’s a serious R). Definitely not for kids or the faint of heart.

Tickets are $15, and if you purchase via Goldstar you get a VIP package, which includes reserved preferred seating, free parking and VIP admission that lets you cut the line. If you compare the service fee charge to if you buy from Ticket Master it’s a $1 difference in price for the upgrade. Not bad! (offer is in limited supply).

Screening takes place Friday, April 17 at 6pm at Griffith Park’s Old Zoo, next to the Merry-Go-Round and the Wilson Harding Golf Course (4730 Crystal Springs Drive Los Angeles, CA 90027).

Some other good-to-know just to recap:

– Seating is General Admission and first come, first served
– Blankets or low ground chairs are suggested as a courtesy to other guests
– Picnics and coolers are encouraged- LA Parks prohibit alcohol of any kind
– Parking is free in Griffith Park and first come, first served
– No overnight parking- vehicles will be towed
– Doors open at 6:00pm
– Masks, face paint and prop weapons are prohibited for all guests safety.
– Film and pre-show content may not be suitable for all ages.

Enjoy!

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