The belief in evil. And the belief that evil can be cast out. From these two strands of faith, author William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin wove a frightening and realistic story of an innocent girl inhabited by a malevolent entity. As a university student in 1949, Blatty heard of the exorcism of a 14-year old Maryland boy. Two decades later that incident inspired Blatty’s electrifying novel. Friedkin, whose 1971 The French Connection won him the Best Director Academy Award, garners moving and haunting performances by Linda Blair as the helpless Regan, Ellen Burstyn as her desperate mother, Jason Miller as the doubt-ridden Father Karras and Max von Sydow as the dedicated Jesuit exorcist, Father Merrin. —Warner Bros.
William Friedkin (born 29 August 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1972 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. His recent film, Bug (2006) won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
After seeing the movie Citizen Kane as a boy, Friedkin became fascinated with movies and began working for WGN-TV immediately after high school. He eventually started his directorial career doing live television shows and documentaries, including The People vs. Paul Crump which won several awards and contributed to the commutation of Crump’s death sentence. As mentioned in Friedkin’s voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Friedkin also directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, called “Off Season”. Hitchcock admonished Friedkin for not wearing a tie… read more
William Friedkin's film making is sound and masterful hitting every chord the right way. Its not a casual horror flick and and is more effective because of all the expectations it subverts. I can not think of a film that is more serious, disturbing, intriguing and shocking about the nature of good vs evil.
A quite effective supernatural/religious drama which builds its horrific elements slowly. The climax seems a bit abrupt and not quite clear enough. I think that, even at a bit over two hours, we could have benefited from an additional 10 minutes or so developing the progress of the exorcism (and the exorcists) and an additional minute or so to clarify the climax. But those would be minor adjustments to a fine film.
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There’s a lot of anxiety that goes into viewing The Exorcist, “the scariest movie ever made”, for the very first time. And with that anxiety comes a lot of expectations and preconceived ideas about… read review
I think the film has been built up over time too much so that inevitably when I finally saw it, I would be disappointed. There are so many stories and rumors about this film and it’s making. That this… read review
The Exorcist is certainly THE horror film as it makes every other so-called horror film look like pretty innocuous. I love horror films and have watched tons and tons of them over the years but The… read review