Beth bought the DVD as a treat for her son
The young mum said she quickly switched the movie – often voted the scariest of all time – off when she realised it wasn’t Treasure Planet.
Beth, a primary school worker said she had bought the DVD from Poundland in Canterbury, Kent, just before Christmas as a treat for her son.
She said when the movie started it looked “dark and scary” and that her partner switched if off after a few minutes – before anything too gruesome happened.
She said she ejected the disc and saw it was The Exorcist, adding: “Luckily my son didn’t see anything, but that’s not the point – he could have seen something he shouldn’t have.”
The 1973 film is a horror classic
Beth got the DVD from Poundland in Canterbury
Instead of the kids’ movie the DVD was the horror movie The Exorcist
Miss Golding called Poundland and was told to “take the movie back to the store and get her £1 back”.
She said: “I don’t care about getting my pound back, that’s not the point.”
A spokesman for Poundland told Kent Online: “We thank the customer for getting in touch and are awaiting the necessary documentation to pass on to the supplier to investigate.”
The film, directed by William Friedkin and starring Max von Sydow and Linda Blair quickly became a huge hit when it was released in December 1973 and went on to pick up ten Academy Award nominations.
Entertainment Weekly nominated it as one of the scariest films of all time in 1999.
In 2010 the Library of Congress selected the film as part of its National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.