The Exorcist details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Lee J. Cobb, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Ellen Burstyn, Jack MacGowran|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||100 Horror Films, 100 must-see movies, All-time Greats, The Ultimate Halloween Collection, WarnerFilms Halloween|
|Run time:||1 hour 57 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Oct 1999|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, English, Romanian|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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The Exorcist - Directors CutBy Ratch from Lancs , 02 Dec 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]Touted as The Scariest Horror film ever, the Exorcist is still head and shoulders above nearly all modern horror films.
A young girl develops an alternate destructive personality, and is slowly consumed by the new presence. With the finest doctors in America unable to cure her, her rich mother turns to the church for an Exorcism. This is a gripping story of a child at the mercy of a demon, with only a priest (and psychologist) who is losing his faith in God, as her only defence. Although some of the special effects may seem a little dated now, the overall story is still as frightening as ever.
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Breaks the "Horror" genre mouldBy Kulturmonster (59 reviews) from Ipswich , 22 Apr 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI first read the book and saw the film back in '75, and was so taken with them that when my parents took me to the USA, I insisted on making a lone visit to those steps in Georgetown, and I gather that many have done the same. I ordered this film expecting to get little more than a sense of nostalgia over a teenage interest, but I got a huge suprise at how good, and how original this film is. It broke the mould of the 'Horror' genre, and despite many many rip-off films that followed, it has never been matched. This is not really a horror story at all, rather it is a psychological story which has a (possibly) supernatural plotline. It is not so much frightening, as disturbing, and to some, very disturbing.
The director's comment in his introduction agrees with my reaction to it when it was released: If you have no belief in a force for good in the world, you will find the film depressing and bleak, but if you do believe that good triumphs, even through self-sacrifice, then the film is uplifting.
As anyone who has studied the book/film will know, the research was meticulous and all of the incidents shown (except the way in which Karras dies) are based on documented evidence. Perhaps the reason why some have found this film so disturbing is that it is so very close to the real thing. The style of filming is not a typcial horror style at all, but hard realism, and uses almost no music.
It is always easy to comment that the film isn't as good as the original novel, but it is true that so many details of the novel have had to be left out. I have always felt that the story was weakend in the film version because there is no time to develop the characters of Father Dyer, Detective Kinderman, and the Exorcist himself, who in the novel are all deeply compassionate people, and their kindess and insight provides a positive background to the main events of the story. Without this, the film version is far more bleak than the novel.
A great film, not just a great horrorBy Yankeesman (14 reviews) , 16 Feb 2012The trick in this film is to find the balance. The balance between wetting your pants at parts that are unintentionally funny and the parts that make this so beautifully acted and shot it can seriously be considered as one of the greatest films ever made.
Whilst laughing at the 'funny' parts, think of the audiences sat in terror back in the 70s at a film the likes of which had never been seen before, and for the content it deals with; has never been done as well since.
Switch all the lights off (get it on blu ray for the superior picture quality) and try to deny the fact that some parts are still genuinely scary and shocking.
And keep your eye out for Captain Howdy!
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Classic DirectionBy Subin (3 reviews) , 22 Dec 2011Classic horror movie
It is very difficult to find such classic movies
Enjoyed each n every moment of the movie
Slow start - But well recovered.By Mogli88 (3 reviews) , 09 Dec 2011Slow start - but once the film kicks off its gripping and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The film is quite funny and entertaining in some parts (for people with a slightly sick sense of humour). No where near as scary as I expected, I'd class it as more disturbing than scary.
Exorcise the ExocistBy Malaprop (6 reviews) from Bolton England , 05 Dec 2011I made the mistake of watching the spoof version first which probably doomed any viewing of the real thing.
I kept reminding myself that when it first came out it was epic- but now it is to me -tedious.
.My biggest question was- why does the mother's staff put up with such bad manners from their employer when they are going WAY beyond normal service?!