The Exorcist (1973)
Critic Consensus: The Exorcist rides its supernatural theme to magical effect, with remarkable special effects and an eerie atmosphere, resulting in one of the scariest films of all time.
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as Regan MacNeil
as Father Damien Karras
as Father Merrin
as Lieutenant Kinderman
as Burke Dennings
as Father Dyer
as Karras's Uncle
as Dr. Tanney
as Assistant Director
as Karras's Mother
as Dr. Klein
as Mary Jo Perrin
as Jesuit Dean
as Clinic Director
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Critic Reviews for The Exorcist
"The Exorcist".. may not be a great film. It is, however, a brilliantly successful horror movie.
The Exorcist, with its excellent cast, mounting intensity, and ingeniously constructed surprises, is still a commanding achievement.
The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives.
The Exorcist, like most memorable Hollywood movies, gains its power from the way it mixes opposites: new-style realism and sexual radicalism, old-style horror and religion.
Audience Reviews for The Exorcist
Exquisitely directed and with great acting, this is a true classic that drives its characters into a genuine state of pure terror in the presence of unspeakable Evil and scared the hell out of audiences when it was released - something that will be more difficult to happen today.
When film was in its infancy some early entrepreneurs regularly showed (for a nickel!) a train approaching a still camera, for which early audiences would stand up and get out of the way. "The train almost hit us!!!" It's hard for us these days to fathom that kind of reaction. We have grown jaded, experienced, and have seen such representations many times. So it is that now when viewing this work, it's initial impact is lost to time and experience. Many films have since gone where this one did and we've seen it all before. But once upon a time this was not just the biggest dog on the block, it was the only dog on the block. Still powerful, it has become a sort of museum piece of a more innocent time.
An exceptional film with superb acting, writing, directing, and cinematography. With no missteps and with a realistic approach to a supernatural premise, The Exorcist is an epic and ingenious classic film with one of the greatest openings in cinematic history.
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