The Exorcist (1973)
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Linda Blair, Chris MacNeil, Jason Miller & Max Von Sydow
Rotten Tomatoes’ Top 100 Horror Movie List
I started this movie with a feeling of dread, not because I feared it in any way, but because I assumed that a movie from 1973 wouldn’t translate well enough to what we are used to now. Movies don’t always translate well for me. What one person calls a classic, I only see as a movie shot in the 80s. At times, it feels like less, if we take the nostalgia away. A movie we saw when we were children still holds a place in our very soul, but, when shown to a dear friend who has never seen it, they watch with disinterest.
I am almost glad that I started with that assumption because I felt a surprising amount of joy when I was proven so utterly wrong. The only part that showed its age was the moment when Regan’s (Blair) head spun completely around. Everything else held amazingly well and translated so beautifully it was exciting. I loved every moment of this movie.
Exorcist is a true classic for a reason and I know some of you are sitting there shocked that I have never seen it before. It was one of those movies that I had no interest in watching. My particular brand of horror has always been more of the Hellraiser side of things. Demons ripping out of nowhere to tear your skin away before they even touch your very soul. Possession was never my thing, until now.
Everything was executed so brilliantly. I even watched for a hint of tubing, mechanics, anything that would pull me out of this experience and satisfy my initial reaction, but disappoint the pleasure I was having watching it. I am actually excited to watch the 2000 release, The Version You’ve Never Seen. I am hoping it has the spider stair walk and I’d like to see what else they did differently. However, remasters can be horrible (thank you Star Wars). So, I have high hopes for this remake, but not too high.
If you haven’t seen it and love horror, then you have to watch it. Everything from the writing, acting, directing, was all amazingly seamless. Trust me, I looked for seams. I found no fault in this movie and that is hard for me to say because I find fault in everything. I don’t know if I will ever watch The Exorcist 2: The Heretic, because I don’t want to sully the wonderful feeling this movie left me with.
I can’t say enough good things, so I’m going to shut up now so you can go watch it.