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The Exorcist

Friedkin's film about the possession of a 12-year-old girl works as an essay in suspension of disbelief and on the level of titillatory exploitation. Although harrowing, its effects depend entirely on technical manipulation, and with Friedkin's pedestrian handling of background story and supporting characters, we're left more or less willing the film towards its climax. Sure enough, during the act of exorcism the girl obliges with a spectacular levitation. It would all be forgiveable, somehow, if the film was at all likely to alter anyone's perceptions one jot. But all The Exorcist does is take its audience for a ride, spewing it out the other end, shaken up but none the wiser.

Release details

Duration: 122 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William Friedkin
Screenwriter: William PeterBlatty
Cast: Max von Sydow
Jack MacGowran
Kitty Winn
Ellen Burstyn
Jason Miller
Lee J Cobb
Linda Blair

Average User Rating

2.9 / 5

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Jon

I saw this when I was around 14 or 15, having searched my father's apartment for scary movies as I was a fan. I have to say after all the things i had heard about it I was very disappointed. I didn't find it scary at all and I thought the effects and voice were a bit lame. It's been very hard to find movies that truly scare me as a lot of them are creepy but not frightening. However, I personally rate horror movies like the shining, the birds, the ring, Alien and even movies like The silence of the lambs above the exorcist in terms of being frightening and as a movie. I honestly don't understand its popularity.

kerry

may not be 1 of the scariest films ever made, but this is based on a true story. and true stories to me are more scarier than fantasy and fiction.