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The Exorcist

Director: William Friedkin Run Time: 132 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1973

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max Von Sydow

We know this movie now for its parodies and pea soup jokes but even after forty years, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist is one of the scariest movies you’ll ever see. Perhaps it has something to do with the invasion of the devil onto (and into) a young innocent girl and the helplessness that inflicts on everyone involved. Or maybe it’s the enduring battle of two things that still confront the unknowable: science and religion. Whatever  fright the context provides, the fear most certainly stems from the innovatively disturbing graphic scenes produced by Friedkin that leave the most lasting impression. It’s the cannon of horror and an essential cinematic Satanic masterpiece. The power of Christ compels you…