The Exorcist 1973 18 116min Colour
This is not, as some have claimed, the greatest film ever made but it may well be the greatest horror movie ever made. Certainly it’s the only film that has terrified me. Linda Blair is the young girl possessed by a particularly vile, foul-mouthed, green-bilespewing spirit; Max von Sydow and Jason Miller are the priests seeking to exorcise it. The atmosphere is truly chilling, the effects horrific. There are no laughs here; this is deadly serious stuff, so cleverly done as to frighten the most agnostic.
Did you know? Author William Peter Blatty once won $10,000 on a quiz show hosted by Groucho Marx. When Groucho asked what he planned to do with the money, he said he planned to take some time off to “work on a novel”. This was the result.
Say it again! “What an excellent day for an exorcism.” Regan #
Oscars: William Peter Blatty, Adapted Screenplay
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