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The Director Of The Exorcist Calls This Film The Scariest Movie He's Ever Seen

William Friedkin is no stranger to the world of horror. He has directed many notable films in the genre, including 1987's "Rampage," 1977's "Sorcerer," and possibly the most infamous, "The Exorcist," based on the novel by William Peter Blatty. 

Friedkin managed to bring one of the scariest books ever written to life on screen and turn it into one of the most frightening movies ever made. With the memorable cast of characters including Regan (Linda Blair), Chris (Ellen Burstyn), and Damien Karras (Jason Miller), Friedkin created an immersive story about a foul-mouthed, possessed child and the priest who tries to free her from Satan's grip that succeeded in terrifying the masses.

A director so gifted in the horror genre is sure to be difficult to frighten, but some horror movies possess especially captivating storylines that send unexpected chills up the spines of even the most fearless viewers. A movie released within the last decade is one that even Friedkin has admitted is a genuinely terrifying time and the scariest movie he's ever seen.

The Babadook terrified William Friedkin

In 2014, "The Babadook," directed by Jennifer Kent, brought the reality of sorrow, parenting, and generational struggles down like a hammer on viewers everywhere. It's a movie so beautifully creepy that William Friedkin was scared out of his wits after seeing it. He took to Twitter to share his experience. "I've never seen a more terrifying film than THE BABADOOK. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me."

The story of "The Babadook" is told through the leading characters Amelia Vanek (Essie Davis) and her son Samuel Vanek (Noah Wiseman), as they endure a frightening, relentlessly negative presence tormenting their lives and invading their home. The movie has been nominated for and won multiple awards, including the Horror Society Award for best horror film in 2015 (via IMDb).

The ability to frighten a great horror director such as Friedman is an impressive feat, and Jennifer Kent did just that with her incredible work on "The Babadook." When you can scare the man who made one of the scariest films of all time, you can probably scare just about anyone.