Exorcist (1973) – Dir Cut
AKA: The Exorcist 1
Directed by: William Friedkin
Starring: Linda Blair (Regan), Ellen Burstyn (Mother), Jason Miller (Father Damien Karras), Max von Sydow (Father Lankester Merrin), Lee J. Cobb (Lieutenant), Kitty Winn (Sharon), Rudolf Schündler (Karl), Jack MacGowran (Burke), Father William O’Malley (Father Dyer)
Country: USA; Effed Up American Films
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Horror, Religion, Demons, Childhood, Based on a True Story
Plot – Spoilers:
This is the Director’s Cut that sees the original extended by about 10 minutes and notably includes a gory spiderwalk that was excluded from the theatrical release.
What’s there to say about the most iconic horror film ever made, containing the most iconic piece of music ever heard in horror, other than that.
The daughter of a famous actress plays with an ouija board and befriends someone she calls Captain Howdy. Then possession happens.
The magic of The Exorcist probably lies in a very detailed book that was its base. There is something very personal about the horror that makes you care about it, whether it is Father Karras and the convincing sadness he feels or a mother forced to endure the suffering of her little girl.
This has been included under “Based on a True Story” here because the book was inspired by an alleged case of exorcism that the author William Peter Blatty studied closely.
The original and the best has finally found a home here at EUM. This is the film that started the demonic possession genre with a myriad of cheap copycat versions, most of which were frankly laughable. On ya, EUM.
Nothing makes a great horror movie like that one ingredient that’s missing from today’s crappy, mainstream horror movies…Atmosphere; No movie will ever surpass the Exorcist in atmosphere!
The only movie scared me
A classic movie but this version is not as good as the original theatrical cut. The extra stuff put in this one should have been left on the cutting room floor. An example of a good scene ruined is when Chris McNeil comes home and the lights are going on and off. The superimposed demon face on the hood of the stove kills a genuinely scary moment with a cheap CGI trick. Also the famous “spiderwalk” scene doesn’t work on many levels. William Friedkin said he left those scenes out for a reason. All the participants involved in the film agree that the original theatrical cut is superior (except for William Peter Blatty, who thinks that “The Exorcist 3” is the best film in the series). “The Exorcist” is an absolute masterpiece, just not this version.
“Let Jesus fuck you!” fantastic work, though I prefer the theatrical version (the ending here is trite)
I’m gonna say that this is one of my favourites.