The Exorcist Review
Written by: TERRORWATCH
Claimed to be the scariest movie of all time, The Exorcist still shocks its audience today. Brought to us in 1973 and directed by William Friedkin the movie shocked the whole world with its strong religious content. Something beyond comprehension is happening to a little girl on this street, in this house. A man has been called for as a last resort to try and save her. That man is The Exorcist. The movie is said to be one of the classic horrors that ever made and its reputation still stands out bold today.
When the movie was released it shocked so many people into hospitals and soon after it found itself banned around the world. It soon came back on to our shelf's in around 1999 and was a big hit at the cinema. Still out and shocking more than ever, its popularity is growing thanks to the new sequel The Exorcist - The Beginning. This movie is so big that we are all expecting a series of the The Exorcist as the second 2 that brought to us was a real let down so make way for The Exorcist, in full modern makeup.
The whole movie has allot of suspense and holds a real amount of religious power and some strong emotion so the acting had to be good enough to work well. The movie easily has great acting throughout, the suspense and terror was highlighted by the red watery eyes of all of the cast. All through the movie there was a high tension feeling created by silent scenes and shocking looks from the whole casts eyes and face.
Terror is a big part that the movie was known for and it had so much its easily the most terrifying horror movie made. The cast included Max Von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb. The actor that stood out was none other than the small child Linda Blair, only a young girl when she stared in the movie she gave a real creepy performance playing Reagen. She looks so cute and innocent at the start and when she was transformed into the devil it just made it look so scary, the thrashing around and screaming was also great. She did good.
The s.e in the movie were OK to cool. Allot of effort went into making the action scenes in the movie and you can see it really did pay off. One scene were the bedroom is movie and the mom was being pulled around. Now all this was done by just simple ropes and dragging them around the room really did hurt them and its said that the actor, Ellen Burstyn hurt her back badly doing it. The look of the possessed child look totally creepy, even in the early years of makeup the team did a great job.
All makeup and nothing special it was done with class and done just right to make it look un corny. The deep cuts actually looked deep and the rotting skin made you turn away, it was cool. The movie did show allot of "devil skin" in the movie and i think Linda Blair did a great job putting up with all the make up after day and day it would be thrown on her. The movie did show allot of violence and blood and a bit of masturbation with sharp things, no spoilers, it really was strong scenes here and the s.e makeup highlighted it. Overall the movie did have a good amount of gore in it and with just the right amount made the movie not feel like a splatter fest that didn't have no direction or thought into it, it was a real horror classic.
The music has a real strong religious feel to it and because of its feel it is a rather serious movie and theres no comedy what so ever. This is the most intense movie Ive seen and this is all highlighted by great camera shots and wide angle zoom in shots of the long hallways and stair path. The movie had great sound effects, loads of skin ripping samples and roaring mouth from Reagen. The devils voice really creeped me out and i probably wont hear anything as evil as that, this was also something to keep you thinking about the movie. The movie is a battle all the way through without a doubt and Watching this flick is like going a few rounds with Satan himself.
Overall the movie is a instant classic horror. Maybe its the hype around it that makes the movie one of the all time scariest movie but I'm certain that its more to do with the strong content in the movie. Great sound rules the movie with tubular bells and excellent acting makes the movie a must see in your life time. Check the movie out its one of the best horrors you will see and most likely the most terrifying.