The belief in evil - and that evil can be cast out. From these two strands of faith, author William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin wove The Exorcist, the frightening and realistic story of an innocent girl inhabited by a malevolent entity
What begins with scratches in the attack and a young girls experimentation with an Ouija board, concludes with demon position and the death of a priest.
The Exorcist is one of the most sensational, terrifying and controversial horror films of all time. So terrifying in fact that when the film was originally released, some audiences went fleeing form the cinemas. Based on William Peter Blatty"s 1971 novel, and a supposedly authentic exorcism performed in 1949, the film deals with demon position for young Regan, and the exorcism performed by two priests.
The acting debut from 12-year-old Linda Blair made the character of Regan that more innocent and child like, while at the same time being gruesome and hideous with cracked features and the most disturbing imagery you have ever seen. This film was not only able to reach the limit of what could be shown in a film, but push past it. Many critics and public have opposed the controversial nature of films content, the Catholic Church and demons as well as the gruesome images on screen. Some of the most disturbing imagery ever seen on the big screen was thanks to this film. Scenes including the green vomit, 360-degree head rotation, and the infamous spider down the stairs. Today, you may not see scenes such as these and think "Oh I"m terrified" as there are other terrifying issues freaking out today"s cinema audiences. Back in 1973, it was demon position and vampires giving the scares, where today it"s cutting off limbs and being attacked by the man next door.
As well as obvious scenes of grossness, what many original viewers were unaware of were the subliminal images hidden in the film. As the mother enters the house, and hears scratching, the lights flicker and the white face of the supposed "Captain Howdy" can be seen; another face is seen shortly after when the mother enters the bedroom. When Regan is released from the bed restraints and screeches and stretches in pain, the statue she made, and that the Father Merrin found of an ancient demon can be seen. While watching it"s easy to miss these images, so next time you watch the flick take extra care to watch out for them.
Unfortunately, this masterpiece spawned countless imitations (the Omen) and sequels (Dominion), none of which had the stain power to live up to the original; no horrifying scenes, or imagery, and no where near as good a story. Whether you believe in spirits and demons or not, this film will truly terrify and shock any audience, no matter your age.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. The belief in evil - and that evil can be cast out. From these two strands of faith, author William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin wove The Exorcist, the frightening and realistic story of an innocent girl inhabited by a malevolent entity. Academy Award winner Friedkin, who introduces the film and supervised this new video transfer from restored picture and audio elements, gets effective performances from Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow and Lee J. Cobb. The Exorcist remains, 25 years later, one of the most shocking and gripping movies ever made.
Actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) has every reason to be content, having just completed a film with director Burke Dennings (Jack MacGowran). However, she becomes disturbed by the changes taking place in her 12-year-old daughter, Regan (Linda Blair). At first sullen and withdrawn, Regan becomes aggressive and blasphemous, and ugly welts appear on her face and body. No medical cure is forthcoming, and after Burke is killed by being thrown from Regan's window, Chris turns to local Jesuit priest Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller) for help. Karras then calls in exorcist Father Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow), who confirms that Regan is possessed by the devil. William Peter Blatty's screenplay, based on his own novel inspired by actual events, won an Oscar, and the film was deemed so powerful that it was refused a BBFC certificate for fifteen years.