The ExorcistDirector: William Friedkin, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow
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Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When Regan gets completely out of hand, Chris calls in young priest Father Karras (Jason Miller), who becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist: namely, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow). His foe proves to be no run-of-the-mill demon, and both the priest and the girl suffer numerous horrors during their struggles. The Exorcist received a theatrical rerelease in 2000, in a special edition that added 11 minutes of footage trimmed from the film's original release and digitally enhanced Chris Newman's Oscar-winning sound work.
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|Ellen Burstyn||Chris MacNeil|
|Linda Blair||Regan MacNeil|
|Max von Sydow||Father Merrin|
|John Miller||Father Damien Karras|
|Lee J. Cobb||Lt. Kinderman|
|Jack MacGowran||Burke Dennings|
|William O'Malley||Father Dyer|
|Barton Heyman||Dr. Klein|
|Peter Masterson||Clinic Director|
|Robert Symonds||Dr. Tanney|
|Ron Faber||Assistant Director|
|Donna Mitchell||Mary Jo Perrin|
|Roy Cooper||Jesuit Dean|
|Mercedes McCambridge||The Demon|
|Vasiliki Maliaros||Karras' Mother|
|Titos Vandis||Karras' Uncle|
|Richard Baker||Makeup Special Effects|
|William Peter Blatty||Producer,Screenwriter|
|George Crumb||Score Composer|
|Dick Smith||Makeup Special Effects|
|Terry Donnelly||Asst. Director|
|Jean-Louis Ducarme||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Gonzalo Gavira||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Buzz Knudson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|William Malley||Production Designer|
|Noel Marshall||Executive Producer|
|Chris Newman||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jack Nitzsche||Score Composer|
|Jerry Wunderlich||Set Decoration/Design|
|Marv Ystrom||Special Effects|
1. Iraq: Interesting Finds [4:19]
2. "Something I Must Do" [4:26]
3. Face-To-Face [1:43]
4. Rats In the Attic [2:34]
5. On the Set [1:56]
6. Chris' Walk Home [1:13]
7. Mother and Daughter [1:29]
8. Karras Visits His Mother [4:25]
9. The Ouija Board [1:26]
10. Birthday Ideas [2:18]
11. Lost and Unconnected [1:56]
12. Attic Noises [3:13]
13. Chapel Desecration [1:09]
14. Nervous Disorder [4:24]
15. The Hospital [2:35]
16. Chris' Party [1:59]
17. "You're Gonna Die" [2:18]
18. "Make It Stop!" [1:14]
19. And I Shall Be Healed [3:01]
20. Temporal Lobe Diagnosis [4:23]
21. "The Sow is Mine!" [2:02]
22. Pathological State? [3:25]
23. Death Strikes; the Stairs [3:20]
24. Psychiatric Exam [:07]
25. From Garfield to Mineo [1:43]
26. Heard of Exorcism? [5:12]
27. Scene of the Crime [2:25]
28. Kinderman's Theory [2:33]
29. "Do You Know What She Did?" [4:51]
30. Just Help Her [1:36]
31. Unwelcome Visitor [4:05]
32. That Thing Upstairs [2:15]
33. Holywater and Tongues [3:16]
34. Chris' Realization [3:44]
35. English In Reverse [2:34]
36. Body Language [1:09]
37. Choosing the Exorcist [1:09]
38. Merrin Arrives [1:54]
39. Ritual Guidelines [3:09]
40. "I Cast You Out" [1:24]
41. "The Power of Christ" [5:53]
42. Karras' Own Demons [3:40]
43. Merrin's Final Battle [3:41]
44. "Take Me!" [3:23]
45. Absolution [1:21]
46. A Keepsake From Karras [:45]
47. "I've Got Passes" [3:34]
48. End Credits [1:24]
Commentary By William Friedkin
The Version You've Never Seen
Our Deepest Fears
TV Spots & Radio Spots
The Devil Himself
Our Deepest Fears
English (For the Hearing Impaired)
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im 9 years old and i saw this movie and im a horror fan fannatic and dang did it rock or wat but i didnt really think it was scary but they were right about 1 thing its defintly not for the weak stomach.there was only 1 scene that kind of freaked me out it was when all those images of the devil/demonic popped up,that was pretty scaryy!the weird parts were:when the priest was reading a segment from the bible and blessed regan than alll of a sudden she twisted her head around that was wicked,also when she does the "spider walk" down the stairs and blood leaks out of her mouth that was so koool,lol,also like when shes getttin blessed at the church and all of a sudden the devil screams and tries to scratch out of her body(that explains her weird looking face)and when she bangs her head and pukes up pea soup that was unforgettable!So if u think u hav the stomach to watch such a kool movie like this pleese,u got a rent this movie you will never 4get it!!!!!!!!!
This movie was so frightning that I could't sleep for a week and kept getting nightmares and would never see this movie again but then afterwards I started not to be scared anymore of it and started watching it but am still scared of Regan and her weird spooky sick looking face and the part where he turns her head as the priests are reading something in a book. That part was nasty and you can hear the head bones cracking as the head slowly turns around shoulders. The scariest movie of all time no matter what anyone would say. Next to it would be Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ring and somewhere near Ginger Snaps.
This was one of the best movies ever made! All horror fans will love this one.
No horror movie comes close this tour de force of violence and supernatural evil. The head twisting around, priests when they were still pious, and vomit going everywhere within the compass of the moral decay of America.
This movie is so awesome,the only scary part for me is when she was up in her bedroom flingin' her head everywhere. The only part that really freaked me out was when she walked down the stairs in a back-bend position with blood all runnin' out of her mouth.
This movie actually the scariest movie of all time and the dvd box can some that up for you. I think that if you watch this movie you will get scaried to death. I think that this movie was the one that started all supernatural movies about possession and was actually based on a true story. The film was scary and so was the book. I loved it.
After all of the imitators and rip-offs, The Exorcist still stands as the most frightening and profound horror films of all time. It's influence knows no bounds and it is a true masterpiece, not just in the horror genre, but movie making in general. It's mix of Catholic iconography, demonic possesion, and viseral terror was a shocking reflection of post hippie America and a jolting ride into the disillusionment of the 1970's. The perfect film for it's time. Friedken manages to put you in the room with the demon with some of the most creative and down-right terrifying imagery ever put to film. This film is alive, and it's as though you can feel the cold and fear it oozes. From the special effects to the inventive sound mixing, you are pushed and pulled to the heights of hysteria and Friedken is in total control the entire time. The performances are flawless as well, with Jason Miller putting in the finest work of his career. If you have not seen this movie watch it alone, and in the dark, and prepare yourself. This is a near perfect film that should be seen by any serious fan of cinema.
after watching The Exorcist i admit its gonna freak you out a young girl 12 years of age Regan isn't herself because somebody else is inside her making her all crazy wow and let me just say i agree this movie is not for children it could scare them if you love horror then your gonna love The Exorcist great horror!
I saw this movie in the Theater and it freaked me out! I tokk my younger cousin to see it and to this day, if I mention the name of the movie, she screams I do not want to talk about it! I luv Horror and this one still shakes me up to the day. Can not wait to get the Blue Ray edition for my collection. Watch this movie!!
This is the only movie that ever really scared me. I saw it for the first time at age 7 or 8. It still scares me at 33. An absolute must see, but not for the timid or faint hearted
To think that I will not buy this movie because it is so so gripping that I still to this day 25 years later think about Linda Blair's head spinning in a 360...THE MOST of all the horror movie next to Halloween the original and the Omen that can chill you just to think about...And to think the devil in the 1st scenes where in Iraq...says a bit about the present huh... Age 40 Seattle,WA
this movie was really scary i saw this two years ago and i still have nightmares.
This movie is subtle one moment, and in-your-face the next. It is the one movie that stays with me long after a viewing.
As the Standard for which Horror movies were compared for decades, it's sad that our society is so desensitised that young kids see this film and say 'Ya, so what. It's not scary' Thirty years ago it was most disturbing. I remember the theatres handing out 'barf bags' to people going in. Now days with all the video games (yes I blame these games as well as other factors)kick fighting and dropping people on their heads only to 'bounce' back up ready for the next 'match' Well with this amazing ability who would be scared of a little girl? I dont mind if others compare the older classics to the new ones JUST don't belittle or demean their value that inevetably led to the present horror films we have today. What would it take to scare us now since all that has happened in the world with pain, suffering, wars televised, and movies and graphic games that all show some level of human barbarism.9/11 and poision in the mail, U know all the unthinkables from yesterday. I miss the old Classics and being kept on the edge of my seat for an hour and a half! Now I only have the news to disgust and outrage me.
This movie has to be one of the scariest movies I've ever seen! I haven't seen many horror films, but from what other people have said, they think the same thing. When I saw it, I couldn't sleep soundly for months! Maybe I just can't watch horror films, but I highly recommend The Exorcist!
I HAVE THIS MOVIE IN MY COLLECTION AND IT HAS TO BE ONE OF THE SCARIEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME AND ONE OF THE GREATEST FILMS OF THE 20TH CENTURY FOR SURE IT SCARED THE CREEPS OUT OF ME BUT I STILL LOVE WATCHING THIS MOVIE LINDA BLAIR DID A HELL OF A JOB PLAYING REGEAN O
They just don't make really scary movies anymore and this is ''VERY SCARY''!!!! I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!
Well, wasnt that a scary movie! the spider-walk down the stairs still gives me the chills. Extremely good acting and the best fx ever. THIS IS A MOVIE TO ENJOY!!!
This is one movie that I cannot see by myself. The first time I saw it I was 10 years old and now that I'm 30 I still get the same chills. I don't know why but I guess everyone who sees it gets stuck with the girls face for a long time and you still get scared.
I would like to kow the demons name
I REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST WATCHED THIS MOVIE WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT OVER 30 YEARS AGO..I STILL WANT TO WATCH IT WITH A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE BUT ALWAYS SCARED AFTERWARDS...THIS MOVIE STICKS WITH YOU..I'VE SEEN IT SINCE I'VE BEEN GROWN AND STILL SCARIEST EVER...ONE TIME I WAS PREGNANT WATCHED IT GOT SICK, THREW-UP, DIARREHEA (SP) AT SAME TIME...BUT IT'S THE KIND YOU WANT TO WATCH..BUT JUST TOO TOO SCARY...WHEN YOU FINISHED WATCHING IT...YOU DON'T WANT NO ONE TO PLAY WITH YOU MY MOCKING THIS MOVIE TO YOU...LET ME WATCH IT, STAY WITH ME, AND LEAVE ME ALONE...DO NOT LOOK TO SLEEP A NIGHT OR TWO AFTER BEING WATCHED...NOT RECOMMENDED FOR SMALL KIDS NEVER!!! AND NOT EVEN YOUNG TEENAGERS..I WILL WATCH IT AGAIN..ONE DAY..CAN'T TELL YOU WHEN