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'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.
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.
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.
Unforgettable classic. Everyone remembers the pea soup, the head spinning, the child's face, the spider walk and the vulgarities! To me, this movie delivers psychological demons elements which are much more effective than overdone makeup jobs or meaningless startle scenes. This movie traumatized me.
4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Between Friedkin's realistic documentary style and the concentrated blasts of intermittent horror, The Exorcist is not only an effective horror movie but an effective movie period. Few things in this world bum me out more than when people laugh at this movie.