The Exorcist

The Exorcist ★★★

The opening sequence in Iraq is tremendous. The music to begin with, the finding of the statue, the clock stopping, Farther Merin's (Max von Sydow) near miss the cart, the dogs fighting and the priest standing opposite the larger statue. It's just so naturally scary however the rest of the film is nothing more than exploitative. It's vulgar rather than scary where a teenage girl is required to vomit, urinate and use offensive language. The Exorcist clearly isn't some cheap shocker which is all the more frustrating when it acts like one.

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