The Exorcist

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

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

A young girl becomes possessed with the devil and only a priest with demons of his own can save her.

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…

Part of Nitehawk’s SHOUT AT THE DEVIL October program.