The Exorcist (1973)

If you’ve watched a horror movie in the last twenty years, you owe a lot of what you saw to this ground-breaking film.  I’m sure all of you out there know the plot, but for the 14-year-old girl out there who has never heard of this movie, here goes: Regan is a young girl who begins showing strange signs, like bouts of Tourette’s and peeing on the rug like a misbehaving Labradoodle.  Her mother goes to get her checked out, but the doctors can’t find anything wrong with her and are convinced that she is some sort of head case.  After several more outbursts of bed levitation, her mother goes to a priest for help.  The priest is more of a psychiatrist, and has lost his faith in God, but agrees to help none the less.  After getting barfed on and cursed at he still isn’t sure what’s going on.  Regan has started masturbating with crosses and killing people, so it’s time to get real on this bitch.  Two priests perform an exorcism and double-team the demon inside of her; and although the girl’s soul is saved, the priests aren’t so lucky.

Alex’s Thoughts:  While 90% of people out there will say this is one of the greatest horror movies ever, I have one word for you: meh.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s very well shot and at times is disturbing as hell, but it’s not the early 1970’s anymore; and the shock value just isn’t there anymore for me in 2011.  When this was first shown in theatres, people were loosing their shit (and their lunches), and it was billed as an instant classic.  With the torture porn and other similar types of movies like that out there, it’s hard for me to get excited about this one. This was never really one of those movies that scared me as a kid; it was shocking, but not scary.  It’s sort of a lot of hype for a 9-minute exorcism scene.  I’ll probably get a lot of grief from Tim over this, but I could probably go without seeing this again. Now Repossessed (the spoof of this movie with Leslie Nielsen), I could watch that everyday!  Alex Rates This Movie 7/10

Tim’s Thoughts: If you EVER have a chance, see this in the theater. No joke, when they re-released this in theaters several years ago, I went on a date to see it, and I think she peed herself. The movie will take some heat for the pacing, but Alex is wrong, this movie is excellent.  Not only did it set the standard for modern horror, but it has scarred people to the point of no return, as I know many people who will never watch this again out of sheer terror. As the tension builds, the end of the second act and all of the third it becomes relentless with it’s attacks on all of your senses.  I can’t rate this movie high enough, not only for the emotional reactions it creates but even more so for it’s deserved iconic status. Reagan is in the Pantheon of movie monsters, and anyone whether they’ve seen the movie or not can identify her, and watching Father Karras struggle not only to save her soul, but his own as well, makes this film very intense and that much more moving. Tim Rates This Movie 10/10

“Look, your daughter doesn’t say she’s a demon. She says she’s the devil himself. And if you’ve seen as many psychotics as I have, you’d know it’s like saying you’re Napoleon Bonaparte.”

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