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There are not a lot of films that frighten me. There are a lot of films that I've seen that I know intend to frighten me, but not a lot that do. And the horror genre has certainly not really been elevated over the years. They're mostly repetitive, sort of copies of something else. All the exorcism films, all the vampire films, you know, there's very little original stuff out there. There are a ...
Often goes to extreme lengths to get the desired realism in his scenes. Infamous examples include the illegal car chase from The French Connection
(1971) (which employed a stunt driver racing amidst unsuspecting drivers and pedestrians), and his effective tactics to get certain reactions from his actors in The Exorcist
(1973) (discharging firearms close to the actors' ears, slapping them in the ...
Frequently uses a hand-held camera in action sequences