“The Exorcist” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

11 December, 2016

Year of Release: 1973
Director: William Friedkin
Screenwriter: William Peter Blatty
Director of Photography: Owen Roizman
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair

Synopsis: In a time where exorcisms are no longer common practice, a teenage girl becomes possessed by an evil demon with foul intentions. Terrified that the Devil is tormenting her daughter, the girl’s mother turns to a local priest who calls for an expert to come in and dissolve the terror.

Exorcist Review:

Often considered to be the scariest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” is a demonic thriller based on the obscene real life story of an adolescent girl. It’s the film that challenged both science and religion with its disturbing tape recordings, demonic themes, and bastardisation of religious iconography, establishing the key tropes within the possession sub-genre while also examining the basis of human biology and psychosexual madness.

Informed by the burden and sense of disillusionment that infected a whole era of horror cinema, “The Exorcist” is a time capsule of woe, fear, and sorrow as the characters of Georgetown come to embody the devastating clash between modernity and the ancient teachings of religion. The movie remains poignant to those who can still recall the overwhelming terror implanted by nuns and priests as William Friedkin conveys a wholly universal account of how evil presents itself to the living.

Even for those unmoved by a particular faith, the young Regan’s “disorder of the nerves” is such an utterly foul interpretation of malevolence and terror that almost everyone can relate to its particular breed of horror as the devil has his way with an innocent girl and destroys her virginity from the inside in the most brutish manner imaginable. It’s no accident that the movie begins and ends with the ethereal Islamic call to prayer as it seamlessly unites multiple religions whilst also denouncing the evil that all of the holy teachings are based upon. The concept is wide-reaching, despite the film’s leanings towards Catholicism, and it turns the story into both a spiritual nightmare and a cultural phenomenon, even for those raised on jump scares with no fear of the Devil drilled into them.


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The Exorcist