Penelope Cruz used memories of classic movie The Exorcist to help her prepare for her role in modern horror GOTHIKA, but the experience left her unable to watch the film ever again.

As a teenager, the actress was terrified by actress Linda Blair's head-spinning scene in the 1973 WILLIAM FRIEDKIN - so she watched it again with boyfriend Tom Cruise before beginning shooting Gothika with Halle Berry.

But Penelope says, "I thought it might help my character in Gothika, but I can say now I will never see it again.

"I remember when I was young and I was reading the book, hiding from my parents.

"I decided after many years that I would see the film. I thought about it for years and years. That movie was pretty disturbing."

28/10/2003 09:19