31 Days Of Horror: The Exorcist

It’s time to bring another 31 Days of Horror to an end. After four years of doing this I was shocked to discover I had somehow skipped over one of my favourite all time horror films, The Exorcist.

Released in 1973, the film caused quite an uproar with audiences. People were reported to have fainted while watching the movie. It’s based on the novel by William Peter Blatty (who also wrote the screenplay and directed the third sequel) and directed by William Friedkin.

The film stars Ellen Burstyn, an actress who is a making a film in Georgetown. She’s brought along her 12-year-old daughter, Regan (Linda Blair) who was begun to act strangely. Meanwhile Father Damian Karras (Jason Miller) is having doubts about his faith. Soon it becomes apparent that there is something wrong with Regan. After consulting with Father Karras, who has his doubts, it’s decided that Regan is possessed and needs an exorcist.

I love this movie. It’s creepy, horrifying and unsettling. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture (making it the first horror film nominated for best picture.) It won for Best Screenplay and Best Sound. The film was re-cut with the infamous spider-walk added back into it in 2000 and re-released in theatres as The Exorcist: The Version You Haven’t Seen Yet. I still haven’t seen this version yet. After all there is nothing wrong with the original.

Author: Shane Hnetka

Shane Hnetka spends most of his life watching movies and reading comic books, using his vast knowledge of genre culture for evil instead of good.

One thought on “31 Days Of Horror: The Exorcist”

  1. I had a grad-school friend who had to sleep with the lights on just reading the book, so she would never watch the movie. It is as scary as all get out.

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