The Exorcist (1973) Movie Review

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1973 | R | Horror
122 minutes /

User Score: 82/100

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The Exorcist Review


When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

The Exorcist is my all time favorite horror movie, definitely top demon movie, as well so of course it would be the best demon horror movie. Everyone knows the iconic peas soup and spinning head scenes that are just why The Exorcist is such a classic horror movie. I saw the updated version where the little girl Regan ( Linda Blair) comes walking down the stairs upside down truly demonic and sinister like a proper demon. Ahead of the times and still loved today. After the result of demonic possession, a priest is called in to perform an exorcism on the little girl. The results as many of us know, are alarming and reminds us that evil forces are more than just fairy tales to keep little children in church.

Demon from The Exorcist says: "What an excellent day for an exorcism," says the demon to the priest. Demons love to mess with your head in every way possible.

These demon movies are in my opinion the best horror movies. Hard to only choose ten but I tried to make a well rounded out list without repeating what is already out there. For a great scare, you need to see a good demon film!

The film begins in Iraq where we are introduced to Father Merrin ( Max Von Sydow). While on an archeological dig, he feels the call of battle. It seems the dark lord wants a rematch (see "Exorcist II: The Heretic" for more info on their past encounters). But where will this battle take place?

Little Regan (Linda Blair) seems to have a new friend, Captain Howdy (aka " Satan‘s Minions") and he doesn’t want to play nice. Strange things are a mist at the McNeil household. After a battery of very painful tests and being labeled a complete lunatic, they realize that Regan isn’t quite herself. When all else fails┬áto work, turn to the church, right?

That’s when a priest ( Jason Miller), who at the time is questioning his faith, is called in to do battle with the demons of Hell. He is joined later by Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow), a seasoned pro when it comes to sparring with Beelzebub. Holy water and green puke fly from every imaginable angle as this battle between good and evil rages. In the end who is the real winner?

A great movie that makes us all question our faithful or faithless lives. Great effects (legendary green puke, spinning head, etc) ala Dick Smith and a very eerie atmosphere. The score is outstanding. One of the best ever. Overall, one of the most complete and entrancing horror films to all time.

About The Exorcist 1973

Title: The Exorcist
Original Title: The Exorcist: The Version You Haven't Seen Yet, The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen, William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist
Year: 1973
Runtime: 122 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.1/5 stars from 349 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 349
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Max von Sydow, Eileen Dietz, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, John Mahon, Ellen Burstyn, Donna Mitchell, Kitty Winn, Mary Boylan, Thomas Bermingham, Vasiliki Maliaros, Toni Darnay, Titos Vandis, Joanne Dusseau, Robert Symonds, Bernard Eismann, Wallace Rooney, Beatrice Hunter, Ron Faber, Yvonne Jones, Lee J. Cobb, Don LaBonte, Roy Cooper, John Nicola, Jack MacGowran, Robert Gerringer, Vincent Russell, Mercedes McCambridge, Gerard F. Yates, William O'Malley
Writers: William Peter Blatty
Director: William Friedkin