lucan’s review published on Letterboxd:
I have been meaning to watch this classic for a while now, and I was unbelievably hyped for this...and, urr...this is only in my top 5 of all time!!!
The Exorcist is, without a doubt, the most terrifying film I have ever seen. I struggled to lift my jaw back up after it had finished. I made nervous sounds that I have never heard come out of me before, and the movie had caused so much dizziness and nausea that I nearly fainted (not an exaggeration). I started the movie at midnight, so didn't get to sleep until about 5, and even then my peace was invaded by gothic nightmares. The level of fear inside of me after watching this masterpiece was seriously at unrecorded levels!
There's not much to say about the movie that would even attempt to do it justice but the acting is unreal in this movie, from literally everyone. The pacing, the screenplay, the cinematography, the make-up....everything was just perfect.
Every single scene is as interesting as the last, and it truly doesn't give you time to breathe...
With the film providing a slightly more literal representation of how puberty can completely alter your sweet and innocent offspring's personality, it violently stabs you in the vagina, ejaculates vomit and spurts out blood at your dead mother.
The horror is so sudden and so shocking, that it suffocates you with your very own pillow that you are holding and coughs out some of the most intense themes I have seen put to film.
Much like Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds propelled my fear of big birds, The Exorcist brung out so many different fears that I didn't have before.
A truly disturbing experience that I will remember all my life, and I will never look at a number of things the same way ever again!
The devil is in all of us, fellow monsters.