The Exorcist

The Exorcist ★★★★★

What an excellent day for an exorcism.
-Demon

Probably the first film to really freak me out. I'm not sure how young I was the first time I saw this, but I remember just feeling uneasy seeing it. Like this was a pretty damn good representation of what real evil was like and yet it was just the tip of the iceberg because showing you too much would melt your brain.

Of course back in my day you didn't have the internet to look up the production of a film or if all the stories the older kids told you about it were true or not. Stories would range from people fainting in theaters, to people losing their minds completely from watching the film over and over again causing it to be banned in some countries.

See having one part of the story being true almost validated the rest by default because, well there was no commonly fast way of checking back then. Like the subliminal messages being the cause of people freaking out, which would of course cause us to watch the film paying ridiculous amount of attention to every aspect of it looking for those "subliminal messages" not knowing that they were actually quite obvious.

It didn't help either that the film is a master stroke in creepy film making WITHOUT the urban legends surrounding it. The all too realistic slow build up to sweet little Linda Blair showing signs that everything is not quite right, to the gorgeous yet off cinematography. The film is beautiful, but it's also disturbing how it's shot. I can't even point to what makes it disturbing exactly. It can just be showing a door at a certain angle and it makes me feel uneasy.

The sound design and score of the film is just ridiculously brilliant. Listening to it without even having images to go along with it you'd easily think to yourself "Yeah... I can sorta believe some people lost their minds to this..."

The film itself still incredibly holds up to this day. Countless films have been made since about possession and exorcism, yet in over 40 years not a single one can hold a candle to The Exorcist.

*First time watching the Extended Director's Cut

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