Released several years after Rosemary's Baby and a little before The Omen, this 1973 film completes a trio of 'demonic child' movies that made strong arguments for birth control. Ellen Burstyn plays a suburban mother in Washington D.C. whose daughter Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting more than peculiar. After realising the young girl is possessed by a demon, they enlist a priest to perform an explosive exorcism, resulting in a special effects laden showdown between the powers of good and evil. The Exorcist has remained a sensation since its first release, when it was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Why You Should See This Film
It's moody, masterfully crafted and still genuinely shocking to this day. From potty-mouthed demons to projectile vomit, The Exorcist throws every last image of horror at the wall. Literally. If nothing else, see it for the oft-referenced scene wherein Regan's head does some unnerving acrobatics. Yikes!
- Year: 1973
- Rating: R18
- Director: William Friedkin
- Cast: Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow
- Duration: 122 minutes
- Language: English