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.