The Exorcist (1973)


Pros
  • The crown jewel of exorcism/possession movies bar none, it doesn't get any better than this people!
  • The makeup used on Linda Blair is mind blowing, it completely transforms her face into pure terror
  • Unadjusted, The Exorcist is the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time ($841,149,000).....by far!
  • The hospital scenes where they are constantly testing Reagan for various diseases to no success are cringe-worthy and look brutal (mostly because they are common practices)
  • Does good triumph over evil or does evil triumph over good? Who really wins in the end?
  • Even in today's time, the movie still manages to shock audiences with its blatant display of vulgarity and violence coming out of a teenage girl.....pretty shocking
  • Another early horror movie that gives us one of the genre's greatest theme songs
  • Unlike other movies dealing with demonic possession, The Exorcist truly captures the essence of actual 'evil'
  • The movie offers an unparalleled eerie atmosphere which most horror movies these days lack and focus too much on gore and effects
  • "That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras"
  • Each character is developed well, the acting is top notch and we get plenty of insight into each character's background
  • Another strong aspect that makes The Exorcist so powerful is that they treat Pazuzu has an actual character, rather than just showing short glimpses of him and Reagan struggling for control
  • A bittersweet ending which is fantastic and powerful and one of the better horror endings of all time
  • Quite crazy to read about the problems and unexplained happenings during production of the movie.... dubbed a haunted set

Cons
  • People tend to misjudge the movie because it has been label as 'the scariest movie of all time'
  • I still don't understand why Pazuzu couldn't tell if it was real Holy Water or not?

Score: 9/10

The Exorcist is one of the most well-known horror movies of all time and for good reason, it's also one of the best movies of all time! The movie was released almost 45 years ago and it has yet to be rivaled in the possession/exorcism genre, that speaks volumes! William Friedkin has created a masterpiece by creating a creepy atmosphere, filling it with strong characters, and throwing in some truly shocking moments. But the real excitement comes from giving Pazuzu (the demon who is doing the possessing) actual dialogue and a 'personality' of sorts, someone who taunts and antagonists the movies heroes. It doesn't just feature some sort bursts of screaming or a line or two of dialogue, it actually feels like we are watching an entirely different character inside of Regan. 

The Exorcist (1973) on IMDb

Comments

  1. The Exorcist is a movie that my friends keeps trying to get me to watch, but exorcism movies are not my thing, and I know it is highly regarded, so I may or may not watch it eventually.

    -James

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    1. Yeah I hate exorcism movies too, but this is definitely something special! As you probably already know I'm a big horror guy, but I usually avoid exorcism movies (even though I saw The Conjuring & Deliver Us From Evil (this was terrible) ha). These days they're just lame, focus so much on body bending/contortions, and so much screaming, they're just so dumb. But in this, Pazuzu is treated like an actual character and that's what I love about it! You should check it sometime during Halloween season, its pretty shocking how intense the movie was for 1973!

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