The Exorcist Review
Written by: Moviemaven
My writing of this review may beg the question: Why bother? Are there any real horror fans that have NOT seen this film? Sadly, yes. The Exorcist is possibly the best-known, best-loved horror film of all time. If ever one is asked to list either favorite or most frightening films, there is a huge chance that The Exorcist will top the list. There are many reasons for this. Probably the simplest being that this movie is scary as Hell. The Exorcist is based on the novel by William Peter Blatty and I must confess the book scared me just as much.
I grew up on this film because it was one of my mom's favorites. That means that I have seen it about a jillion times and for a while it had lost its magic for me. That's when I decided to take a step back, turn off the lights, give in to the mood and let it take me away. Whew! Now that was a fun ride. This film follows the traumatic journey of Regan MacNeill as her soul is possessed by a spirit claiming to be Satan himself. I gotta say, I probably wouldn't doubt this guy.
Her mother, an actress, is torn to pieces by her daughter's dilemma and seeks the aid of every physician she can find until she ends up begging a priest for help. Though he is reluctant in the beginning, he soon becomes a believer and they embark on the sojourn to save Regan's soul. But this is no trip for the faint of heart.
Thirty years later, this film remains one of the most terrifying reels of celluloid to grace the screen. Maybe you've never seen it or maybe you have seen it so many times that it just doesn't do the trick anymore. Either way I recommend you do yourself a favor and check it out. Whether you are religious or not, The Exorcist will make you want to pray for salvation. Cross your heart and hope NOT to die.