Fifty years ago (next year), William Friedkin’s The Exorcist redefined screen terror with its slow but atmospheric build up mounting to a sustained crescendo of graphic, visceral horror. Audiences had never seen special effects like these before, and reacted with panic and revulsion – as if Satan himself was at loose in this film.
Thirteen-year-old Linda Blair is Regan, the movie star daughter who is possessed by a demon, and whose body becomes a spiritual battleground. Even today, if you have never seen this movie before, you have never seen anything that can match it for sheer unadulterated horror.
(Screening the 2000 restoration)
Some movies aren’t just movies. They’re closer to voodoo — they channel currents larger and more powerful than themselves.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
It stimulates and rewards, time and time again.
Andrew Collins, Empire
William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
Norman Gay, Evan A. Lottman
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