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.
A film worth rewatching again and again, regardless of how many times I've seen this picture it still awakes feelings of dread, horror and awe. Blatty's script spoke to us questioning our takes on faith, evil and psychiatry and truly provided horror in the true sense of the term. A crime this didn't win the oscar that year (The Sting really?). So many classic images on display here yet never have a favorite one.
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.
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.