31 Days of Horror: Day 13 “The Exorcist”
Somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world. The world of darkness. Nobody expected it, nobody believed it, and nobody could stop it. The one hope, the only hope: THE EXORCIST
This is not only a horror movie but a psychological thriller. This movie has it all from jump scares, gore, vulgarities, to just creepy scenes. The special effects are really good and truly remarkable. I kept thinking I should turn this off but I just couldn’t because I couldn’t remember the ending. Some of the movie is slow, but it includes a lot of details that are necessary to tie the movie together. You really feel the desperation in the mother and the little girl may truly be evil or demon possessed. This is a must see for every horror enthusiast even if you don’t care for this particular type of horror like myself.
The Exorcist is truly gruesome or several levels. But what separates it from other films of the time that relied on shock value is the story. The characters evolve and find redemption which causes the viewer to empathize and ultimately root for them. When the demon is directly speaking to Karras we understand the tactics and objectives because we understand Karras. Through the disgusting dialogue and violence of the possession, you never forget about Regan because her person and character are portrayed well before the possession. Although it is extremely spiritually dark, it is a very important film in American cinema. Find a prayer buddy and brace yourselves.
“I think the point is to make us despair; to make us animal and ugly. To make us reject that God could love us.” This movie has had a profound impact on my life. The Exorcist falls easily into my top 5. I’ve heard some weird opinions on it but in my opinion, the Exorcist easily holds up as a solid horror movie today. The acting, atmosphere and visual effects all hold up to present a still terrifying story that causes you to question what’s fact and what’s fiction. Much like our lead priest, Its made me question what I believe in the best way possible. If somehow you’ve let this movie slip past your viewing, I couldn’t recommend it enough.
-Josh T. Romero
Fourth-grade me still remembers the rumors in the halls. ‘The scariest movie ever made.’ And oh, what fear came over me. What curiosity. But I’d never watched it, although I denied its impact for many years, some part of me still held off. Perhaps due to the nervousness of it being truth. My parents were always religious; My Dad always warned me of tinkering with Ouija boards. And for the longest time, I just stayed away, sort of subconsciously, unawares. But truths be told, this movie is hugely impactful. On the horror genre, the constant cheesy spin-offs made twice every year’s seasons. On the culture, the populace. It was a heavy strike, especially on the religious side of things. In which I can now understand it’s actual weight. What a hefty little thing this film is. Plus, you get some tidbits of Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’, which is always a welcome addition.
– David Burchell
I’ve seen The Exorcist about a hundred and sixty-seven times and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it.
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