A desperate mother becomes torn between science and religion when her 12-year-old daughter begins to exhibit signs of a devilish new persona. She turns to a troubled priest struggling with his own faith, for help.
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I was expecting a classic horror movie, and though the scary or haunting moments weren't enough to make me shiver, the movie (and mostly possessed-Regan) kept me stuck to the screen from the start to the very end. 'The Exorcist' theme song is the new soundtrack to my nightmares.
A truly terrifying film. One of the few films to actually scare the shit out of me. This is due to Friedkin's ability to make his movies seem real. No matter how many times people try to recapture the magic of this film they always fail miserably.
I've seen this film 3 times now. I've appreciated the filmmaking as a Friedkin fan and think it's good but I've never found it really scary the way a lot of people do. I think this movie is more disturbing for catholics and ex-catholics. As an agnostic coming from a slack methodist upbringing, I've never really feared the devil so maybe that's the disconnect I'm missing from people who get freaked out by this film.
stale, lifeless, completely unengaging. not one of friedkin's stylistic tropes (or lack thereof) accurately, fully captures the supposed psychological loss of agency each of these characters undergoes.
Something of a Typhoid Mary for the modern horror film which as a pioneer of its kind opened the door to grosser and grosser derivative spectacles which generally lacked the visual panache, character development and quasi-religious & scientific undercurrents, if not convincing sub-plots, found here. In itself a superb slow-boil before hell does indeed break loose and let's it all hang out in the second half.
This might be my favorite horror movie. After 40 years it still holds up remarkably well. I've seen it a few times and I love how it builds up to that horrific exorcism scene. I still find the disfigured face of Regan totally haunting. Both Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn give great performances. The "Tubular Bells" song in the beginning is amazing. The shot of Karras' mother sitting in Regan's bed is outstanding...
A well-enough made film, but it's undone by the sensatioalism with which it handles a subject matter it says (via Friedkin on the Blu-ray commentary) it wants to take so seriously. The only time it has integrity is when the wonderful Max von Sydow is on screen.