The Exorcist – 1973
William Peter Blatty
Max von Sydow
Review by Wayne Malin
Still scary and shocking,
Angelic little 12 year old Regan (Linda Blair) is possessed by the devil. Her mother (Ellen Burnstyn) tries every medical cure to no avail. She finally tries exorcism with Father Merrian (Max von Sydow) and helper (Jason Miller) performing it.
This film was considered the most horrifying film ever made back in 1973. It’s still horrifying to this very day. Blair screaming out obscenities, finding new uses for a crucifix and doing projectile vomiting are still hard to watch–this film is NOT for children! I saw the new version this weekend. With the addition of the now infamous “spider walk” and another doctor visit, the footage added nothing new to the film. In fact, it made the film a bit too long. It does have great acting, especially from Blair, Burnstyn and von Sydow. Also the special effects still hold up today.
Well worth seeing. A very scary, graphic horror film