During a recent conversation with Tenacious D (as part of a feature for Metal Hammer), Osbourne was asked to name his favorite scary movie. While talking about this particular film, Osbourne says that when he first saw it with Black Sabbath, they “were shitting” themselves.
So what horror movie could possibly freak out Osbourne that much? Well, that film – which happens to be Osbourne’s favorite horror movie – is none other than the brilliant 1973 The Exorcist.
Here is what Osbourne has to say about how much he loves The Exorcist and how much it creeped him out upon first seeing it:
“Our manager came to us one day when we were on tour and says, ‘You have to go and see this film called The Exorcist.’ We said, ‘The Exorcist? What the fuck does that mean?’ He said, ‘Just go and see it.’
“We were in Philadelphia in this fucking movie theatre and we were shitting ourselves! That one was just so real. We were freaked out!
“Here we were, Black Sabbath and I’m the Prince Of Darkness and all this, and we had to go see another movie – [US caper film] The Sting – just to stop thinking about it. It was so amazing.”
To this day, The Exorcist stands as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Osbourne mentioning this legendary film also comes at an interesting time, for later this year, The Exorcist reboot will be hitting theaters. This new film, titled The Exorcist: Believer, is directed by David Gordon Green, who directed the more recent Halloween trilogy.
Are you a fan of the original Exorcist and will you be checking out the reboot? What do you think of The Exorcist being Ozzy Osbourne’s favorite horror movie?