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The Exorcist

Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil
Jason Miler as Father Damien Karras
Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil
Max von Sydow as Father Lankester Merrin
Lee J. Cobb as Lieutenant William Kinderman
Director is William Friedkin
Review Date is July 17, 2002

Horror-Chris MacNeil is an actress who is pretty sucessful. She has a temporary house around D.C. while she films her current movie. She has servents. Her angelic daughter, Regan, couldn't be happier except she wants to move back to L.A. However, Regan starts acting weird. She starts swearing like a sailor and throwing up on people. The doctors think it's her temporal lobe, but Chris knows differently. Finally, the doctors say that it could be that a demon possessed Regan, and an exorcism is needed to get it out of Regan. Chris calls two priests, Karras and Merrin, to perform the exorcism as Regan grows worse in her new state.

8/10-A very creepy film that is still creepy now. It had a true feel on how to scare the audiences enough to get us to finish the film. Regan's acts seemed like they were actually happening. The Exorcist affected me so much that when I went up to bed that night, I kept on looking for demonic faces everywhere. Linda was terrific as the possesed girl. Her faces while possesed were perfect, and her body looked like she was actually posessed. Ellen was good as the worrying mom; she reminded me of Shelley Duvall in
The Shining. Jason was fine as the unorthodox priest, and Max von Sydow (who was only 44 when he did this!) was good, but I wish he had a bigger role. Lee was OK as Lt. Kinderman (I thought he looked more like Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums!), but I didn't understand why he was actually in here.

If you look at horror movies now, you'll probably see spoofs of The Exorcist. Most horror movies just have a crazed teen killing other with multitudes of sequels. This is different. It only has two sequels (and a third coming out next year) and the "crazed teen" doesn't even kill anyone (on purpose). The run-time was a little long, but just like The Green Mile, it seemed to fly by. If you're looking for a great scare-fest, get The Exorcist
Rated R for language and disturbing images. 1