The Exorcist was a holiday movie. It was released December 26, 1973. So the next time someone in your family starts screening Frozen for the 10,000th time, remind them this: "Somewhere between science and superstition ... there is another world ... of darkness," and maybe make a Captain Ho-Ho-Howdy joke.

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I never understood the appeal of horror movies. However, there is another antidote to the endless procession of cloying singing and cinnamon-scented reindeer droppings. Ignore the summer release date, because this one ends with looking forward to New Year's Eve and a wonderful little ditty about letting it snow: