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‘The Exorcist’ (1973) Movie Review

William Friedkin directed The Exorcist in 1973, a classic horror film starring Linda Blair and Max von Sydow.

A masterpiece of horror

El Exorcista (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist was the movie that haunted many and that they will remember forever. The scenes, for their time, were brutal and caused more than one faint in theaters. A great work that started a whole cycle of exorcism movies.

It has become, on its own merits, a cinema classic.

Time flies…

Story of a Possession

Based on a true story (yes, believe it or not, it happened in Washington in 1949), The Exorcist tells the story of Regan, a girl who is supposedly possessed by something evil (the Devil himself, no less). The girl has strange symptoms (it won’t surprise anyone at this point: she speaks Hebrew, she spits blood… those little things that the rest of us only do with a couple of drinks too many, and the girl seemed to have no problem with the booze.

Worried about the situation, her mother decides to give her all kinds of check-ups until she has no choice but, fictitious or not, to submit her to an exorcism so that the girl will feel a little better.

El Exorcista (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)

The Movie

A true masterpiece of suspense, a classic work that any director should know by heart for its rhythm, script, and editing (yes, when you have the novelist himself as the screenwriter things go smoothly). William Friedkin (who remained active until 2017, no less) shines in his best film, a work that will be remembered as the one which set the standards for horror films for years.

A certain aspect I’d like to comment on: it’s also a classic film in terms of pacing and its narrative formulas. It doesn’t rush when introducing the characters, it gives us different points of view of the conflict and saves the best for last (nowadays they would have done it quite differently). It’s a film for a special audience, perhaps for viewers less prone to ‘gore’ stuff, it takes us exactly where it wants to… and we’re happy to go along with it…

Our Opinion

Rhythmically, it’s still one of the best horror films ever made.

Great script.

Well performed.

As for the music score, since it has become a standard of horror themes, we need not say anything else.

So… We have a classic here.

Five stars (not four or one: five).


The Exorcist (1973)

El Exorcista (1973)

Movie title: The Exorcist

Movie description: 12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.

Date published: November 1, 2020

Country: United States

Duration: 121

Director(s): William Friedkin

Writer(s): William Peter Blatty

Cinematography: Owen Roizman

Music: Jack Nitzsche

Actor(s): Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Arthur Storch

Genre: Horror

Companies: Warner Bros, Hoya Productions

Our Opinion

Five stars (not four or one: five).


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