The Exorcist

The Exorcist

DVD - 2010
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The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother's frantic resolve to save her, and two priests, one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith, joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless. The extended director's cut includes over ten minutes of footage deleted before the film's 1973 release.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2010]
Edition: Extended director's cut widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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SPL_Elizabeth Dec 02, 2017

The plot is a little simple and I didn't find it that scary but it's a well made film and the acting is great. It was a lot more vulgar than I was expecting, especially considering it's age.

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DickyMicky
Oct 24, 2017

Over-rated.

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JihadiConservative
May 13, 2017

"The Exorcist" is truly a cinematic masterpiece. Very few thrillers thrill, very few comedies are funny, very few war films are viscerally realistic. And even fewer horror movies actually scare. "The Exorcist" is one of those films that successfully does what the genre is meant to do--to scare the living shit out of people. Ever since it's release in 1973, "The Exorcist" has been highly regarded as the scariest movie ever made, and rightfully so. This film builds the terror and suspense up extremely well. Several sequences chill you to the core and the images will stick in your mind forever. The way evil and the Catholic Church is presented in this movie is incredibly realistic which makes the movie all the more terrifying. Everything from child mutilation and crucifix masturbation to the famously intense 25 minute long exorcism in the end, "The Exorcist" truly sends chills up and down the spine and to this day is really the only film made that is sincerely and genuinely horrifying. It is a cinematic phenomenon and one that I am not interested in watching ever again.

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XGirl
Jan 22, 2017

Well, darlings - Messy. Over-rated horror. Is this really supposed to be the best mainstream film around about demon possession? Ugh!

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issa_2015
Dec 07, 2016

This is in response to Derringer's comment.
First, Islam does recognize Christianity, the Quran says that Christians are the closest to Muslims and that they are with the Jews from the people of the book. The main difference is that Islam does not believe in the trinity and original sin doctrines and that Muslims believe that there was another prophet after Jesus.
You said that this demon from Iraq is from Islam. Demons are not from any religion since they rebel against God. Concerning moving from a country to another, they can travel on their own, flying in the air as I have read.
The priest conducting the exorcism was Father Merrill and he was assisted by Father Damian Karras who had doubts in his christian faith. He was chosen because he was also a psychiatrist. Apparently, they wanted to rule out that this possession was not a case of schizophrenia where people hear voices and/or see things that are not there.
Concerning the 360 degrees neck rotation, I agree with you that this anatomically impossible except for an owl which has more vertebrae (back bones) in its neck. The only explanation I could think of would be that the image of the demon was hiding the real person behind himself and it was only that image that was doing this apparent neck movement.
There was another movie (TV) in 2000 with Timothy Dalton called Possessed that is supposed to be more reliable as to what really did occur that inspired these 2 movies.

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DickyMicky
Oct 24, 2016

It's OK horror - But I thought that the possessed girl was pretty stupid that she didn't try to escape and get out onto the streets.

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blkops33
Dec 04, 2015

The whole mood of the film, from begining to end is superb! This was WAAAAAY beter than that overated bore Citezen Kane!!! yes i know i misspelled it, I was being ironic!
The Devil made me do it so there!

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DesLi
Nov 09, 2015

Classics! Even watching again in late 2015, this movie is still entertaining. A classics!

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Gizmo_Joe
May 10, 2015

Aside from the intentionally disturbing nature of this film, I find this story about a "possessed" girl to be somewhat confused and only half-baked. Well, what could I expect?

The makers of The Exorcist certainly weren't aiming for plausibility here. No. Their goal was to gross the audience out like it had never been grossed out before and make a huge pile of money doing it. I'm sure we'd all agree that they succeeded very well on both counts.

As far as Reagan's "possession" goes, I think it was a really screwy one and kinda wimpy, too.

To begin with, since she seemed to be fortified with an incredible amount of physical power, this left me wondering why the hell she would allow herself to be confined, like a prisoner, to her own bedroom. I would think that whatever it was that was possessing her would be itching to go out on the town and, you know, turn a few heads around on Main Street, or something wickedly-fun like that. But none of this kinda thing happened. There were no aborted escape attempts, either.

All-in-all, it was a kind of stupid "demon". Boring and unadventurous, if you ask me. But apparently Reagan did get out once (or did she?) to desecrate the virgin Mary icon in the church. And her desecration was so artistically done, too. It was an amazing piece of art work for a mere twelve-year-old whose previous examples of clay figures were lumpy turtles and the likes.

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Derringer
Feb 02, 2015

I don't get it. I really don't.

At the very beginning of this film's grotesque and bleak story (at an excavation site in Northern Iraq), a small, ancient effigy representing a devil-like figure is uncovered amongst the ruins.

This discovery somehow unleashes a demon-spirit which then inexplicably transports itself all the way over to the USA where it, for whatever reasons, takes possession of a 13 year-old girl, living in Georgetown.

What I don't get is this - In Iraq the principal religion has always been Islam - So, with that in mind - What the hell good would Catholic priests performing a Christian exorcism do to help rid a girl of a demon that comes from a religion which doesn't even recognize Christianity? Eh? What good would it do?

If nothing else - This decidedly heavy-handed horror story certainly made a total laughing stock out of the Catholic religion. For example - Here we had to contend with the extremely volatile and guilt-ridden character of Father Damian Karras (a real boozer) who was the chosen one, supposedly best suited to perform the exorcism ritual which was intended to de-demonize Regan.

Personally, I cannot see why so much fuss has been made about this particular fright flick over these many years. Now 40 years old, The Exorcist has definitely lost a significant amount of its initial clout. In fact, I'd say that it was pretty laughable, in the long run. Especially that whole nonsensical business of Regan being able to completely spin her head around without tearing her skin or snapping her spinal cord.... (Spare me!)

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Laura_X Oct 26, 2016

What an excellent day for an exorcism.

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jimg2000
May 10, 2014

Chris: How do you go about getting an exorcism?
Karras: I beg your pardon? Well, the first thing - I'd have to get into a time machine and get back to the 16th century...Well, it just doesn't happen any more, Mrs. MacNeil...since we learned about mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia...Since the day I joined the Jesuits, I've never met one priest who has performed an exorcism. Not one.

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Monolith
Aug 05, 2012

Father Damien Karras: "Why her? Why this girl?" Father Merrin: "I think the point is to make us despair. To see ourselves as... animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us."

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Monolith
Aug 05, 2012

Demon: "Give us time... Let the girl die... I am no one... I am no one... Fear the priest... Fear the priest... Merrin... Merrin..."

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Monolith
Aug 05, 2012

Father Damien Karras: (praying over Merrin's body) "Ego te absolvo in nomine Patris, et Filiii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen."

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میکائیل
Oct 11, 2011

"If movies are, among other things, opportunities for escapism, then "The Exorcist" is one of the most powerful ever made. Our objections, our questions, occur in an intellectual context after the movie has ended. During the movie there are no reservations, but only experiences. We feel shock, horror, nausea, fear, and some small measure of dogged hope. Rarely do movies affect us so deeply." -Roger Ebert, Dec. 26, 1973

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Demon: Your mother's in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Demon: I'm not Regan.
Father Damien Karras: Well, then let's introduce ourselves. I'm Damien Karras.
Demon: And I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps.
Father Damien Karras: If you're the Devil, why not make the straps disappear?
Demon: That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
Father Damien Karras: You would like that?
Demon: Intensely.
Father Damien Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?
Demon: It would bring us together.
Father Damien Karras: You and Regan?
Demon: You and us.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

When a teenager is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

The 11-year-old daughter of a movie actress is possessed by an ancient demon.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Mar 27, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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