Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jason Miller
One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan starts acting odd, levitating and speaking in tongues. Her worried mother seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest, however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert to help with the difficult job.
Still one of the best horror movies ever made. It is still a movie that frightens viewers. I saw this movie when I was a small child, and to this day there are still some scenes in the movie that still bother me today. Some of the images in the movie do not bother near as must, since my best friend texts me those pictures over the past several years. He is an asshole. That is another story.
When you watch documentaries about this movie, you hear how people completely freaked out while watching the movie. In my entire life, I have never freaked out in a theater while watching a movie, so must where you must run fleeing from the movie. That is the most crazy thing that I have ever heard. Then you have people thinking that Linda Blair was really possessed during the movie. People really thought that it was all real. Did they even know how movies were made? Poor Linda Blair was avoided in public and private, because some people that it was real. The poor girl was treated so bad after this movie by the public. It just shows how easily people are fooled.
The special effects in the movie scared the hell out of me as a kid. Just the look on the little girl's face was enough to give you nightmares. Her faced covered with scars with dried and wet snot on her face clinging to the tube up her nose is enough to make you feel sick. The scene where everything in her bedroom was flying all over the place was pretty crazy. That is something no kid wants to walk into. What she did with the crucifix was nothing but bad. There is no way that I could do that, much less let my child do that. Just what she was saying in that scene was shocking as hell then, and it still is today. The part of the movie that creeped me out for most of my life was that face that just pop up on the scene. That face is nothing but terrifying. All of the effects in the movie made this movie stand out as one of the best movies made of all time.
The cast was wonderful. Linda Blair was so dame good in this role. She will always been known for this role for her entire life. It is sad that this is the only movie that she is really known for by the masses. Ellen Burstyn was so incredible in this role. You felt everything that she was feeling in the entire movie. I could not see anyone else in this role at all. She is a great actress. Max von Sydow and Jason Miller as the two priest worked so well together. Max was actually very young when the movie was made. They aged him for the movie. I thought he was really that old for the longest time, until I watched a documentary about the movie. The cast for the movie was pretty great.
I love this movie. It is in my top five best horror movies ever made. There is nothing wrong with this movie at all. As old as this movie is, it can still scare the hell out of you. The scariest part is not only was this a book, it was based on a true occurrence. It happened to a young boy. I do not know of anyone that has never seen this movie. If you are one of the few that has not watched this movie, then drop everything and watch it now. You will enjoy being scared. This is a movie to own a copy. It is well worth having a copy to watch for Halloween. Enjoy.
The Exorcist (1973) Trailer