February 28, 2016 9:23 am

When William Friedkin’s The Exorcist was released back in December of 1973, audiences simply did not know how to handle it. They vomited. They fainted. They ran from the theater in terror. It was nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, instantly immortalized as the scariest movie of all time.

And actually, it achieved that status BEFORE it was even released.

To promote the December 26th, 1973 release of The Exorcist, a nearly two-minute trailer was cut together and unleashed on unsuspecting audiences, and legend has it that the combination of frightening images and a truly unsettling score was so intense that several theater-goers actually vomited.

As noted by Dangerous Minds, it was originally composer Lalo Schifrin who was hired to create the film’s score, but it was deemed so disturbing in the wake of the trailer hitting theaters that he eventually departed the project. As for the trailer itself, it was pulled from theaters, and essentially “banned.”

Is this the scariest movie trailer of all time? Turn off the lights and check it out below!

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This post was written by Nadia Vella