Saturday, February 16, 2019

Movie Review: "The Exorcist" (1973)

Director: William Friedkin
Year: 1973
Rating: R
Running Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

A young girl is possessed by a demon that claims to be the devil itself. Her mother, who was not previously a religious person, seeks help from the church to cast this demon out of her daughter.

The Exorcist 1973 horror movie Max von Sydow
"Your mother sucks cocks in Hell, Karras, you faithless slime." (Image Source)
There's a reason why "The Exorcist" was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, an impressive feat for any movie and an almost unheard of feat for a horror film. It is dark, disturbing, and timeless. This movie is directed by William Friedkin, who is known for directing the Oscar-winning "The Frech Connection," and more recently, movies like "Bug" and "Killer Joe." The screenplay is written by William Peter Blatty and is adapted from his own novel of the same name. The story revolves around a young girl named Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair). When she begins acting strangely, her mother Chris (Ellen Burstyn) takes her to several doctors and psychiatrists to figure out the problem. After all medical treatments fail, doctors recommend that she see a priest for an exorcism. Regan appears to be possessed by an entity that claims to be the Devil himself. The exorcism is to be conducted by Father Merrin (Max von Sydow), and it may prove to be the hardest he and his colleague have performed.
The Exorcist 1973 horror movie Ellen Burstyn
"I'm not about to put her in a goddamn asylum, and I don't care what you call it, I'm not putting her away!" (Image Source)
"The Exorcist" is all kinds of twisted, and we sure do love it. It's a Halloween classic in our house, and we try to watch it annually. The performance that Linda Blair gives as Regan is fantastic, especially from such a young actress. Max von Sydow and Ellen Burstyn also give great performances here. The makeup work is superb, from the subtlety of the words "help me" written on Regan's stomach, to the full-blown makeup work of her disgusting, possessed self, it is all still exquisite, even by today's standards. It has terrific, creepy cinematography and an intense story to boot. Like most horror movies, this film won't be for everyone (though it should be since it is a bonafide classic). From the harsh language to some very graphic scenes like projectile vomiting of a pea-soup-like substance, to moments that may be deemed downright offensive that includes a crucifix used in an unconventional and unsettling manner, this film is disturbing as hell and will rightfully send chills down your spine.
The Exorcist 1973 horror movie Linda Blair
"What an excellent day for an exorcism." (Image Source)
We don't have anything all that new to add to the conversation about "The Exorcist" because everything has already been said about this gross-but-awesome movie. It is one of the best horror films of all time. It is an absolute must see in our opinion, even if you don't like horror.

My Rating: 9.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 10/10
IMDB's Rating: 8.0/10
RT Rating: 85%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

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