Full Movie Reviews
John - wrote on 12/13/2013
We used to have a video man come around to our house every couple of weeks, and he would rent us videos and DVDs from the back of his van. Usually my sister would choose the movies. I didn’t mind - she always picked good ones.
On the nights she wasn’t at home, though, I got to pick, and, being a bit of a horror-hound, I would usually pick at least one. The video man got to know this, and, on the nights when it was my turn to pick, he would recommend me darker, more oogily-boogily films.
One night, he noticed I had come out to see him. He pulled up, got out of his van and opened the back up. Instead of letting me peruse, as he usually did, he leaned in and grabbed a DVD. “Have I got something for you!”, he said. He held out the DVD so I could see… It was The Exorcist.
Monnie1976 - wrote on 08/17/2013
When looking for the best horror from America, most people would mention The Exorcist as a must see film. There is plenty of reason for this. Exorcist does it right in every sense of the word. The cast is exceptional crowned by a phenomenal performance by Ellen Burstyn. The music, set design and effects are all amazing and stand up even by today's standards. This movie definitely exploits a subject that arouses deepest passion; the existence of good versus evil within a religious framework. The only flaw I can think of is that it spawned the terrible sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic which was equally as bad as this was good. So, if you are a horror fan and haven't seen this film it truly is a must. The pacing is fantastic as well and after a short buildup the movie descends into …
phantom - wrote on 02/19/2013
watched this for the first time this weekend, preparing myself to be thoroughly petrified, I braced myself for some scary stuff... that never really happened.
No I don't watch horror movies so I'm pretty much a wuss, but still, not freaked out by this one. I'm sure this was pretty disturbing in 1973, but it just isn't in 2013
The movie had entirely too much exposition. It could have easily been a half hour shorter. The beginning of the movie shows Max Von Sydow at an archaeological dig in Iraq. Why is this scene in the movie??? Other characters say he'd been there, we don't need to see it.
I'm sure there's stuff in the book that makes some of the weird scenes make more sense, but as a movie there was just to much that just never got resolved.
And if one is a fan of Max Von Sydow, …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/03/2012
Nothing beats the original because it mixes some slight humor, topics on religion, pure evil, beliefs, science/health vs. paranormal activity, sacrifice and family. Viewing this again after being terrified watching for the first time as a kid. It's the type of horror flick that sticks with you. If it has been emulated and parodied (much like the legacy of a Godfather or a Taxi Driver), then you know it is a great film. It's fascinating that it also has elements of humor and about movies itself if one becomes observant with the dialogues. Detective Lieutenant William F. Kinderman (Lee J. Cobb) tries to solve a murder. Christine "Chris" McNeill (Ellen Burstyn) is concerned of er daughter's welfare. Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller) tries to heal Regan (Linda Blair).
Arbogast1960 - wrote on 08/26/2009
What if demons were real? That is the specific question animating The Exorcist. Not the devil--demons. Therein lies the key to its endurance. The devil, like God, is in some ways too big, too abstract a figure to interest; he might give the marching orders, but he is too far behind the scenes to glimpse. But his minions--these we can see and touch and feel as they carry out their missions. These infiltrate and provide evil a face.
The other element underpinning the film's greatness is its matter-of-factness. It is serious, but appropriately so. No excess earnestness or unearned austerity, no overwrought cataclysm. Demons exist, they operate in ordinary environs, and God's messengers must dispatch them. And such events exist alongside the stresses of a single mother, the …
mdtinney - wrote on 08/19/2009
This is still one of the most disturbing and scariest horror films out there, and hasn't lost a bit of it's impact, with incredible performances all around!. All the characters are wonderful, and the story is extremely gripping, plus Ellen Burstyn,Max Von Sydow,Jason Miller and Linda Blair are all simply incredible in this!. The Scoe is one of the best ever, and there are plenty of creepy images as well, plus that spider walk just gives me the chills every time i see it!. There is lots of suspense and scares, and i must say Linda Blair gives one of the most frightening performances ever!, plus i was rooting for Miller, Von Sydow, Burstyn and Blair all the way!. It's extremely well written and made, and the opening is very memorable and disturbing, plus the finale is one of the most …
shutterspeed777 - wrote on 04/23/2009
AT FIRST, I THOUGHT THIS IS AN EASY ONE. BUT IT'S NOT. I'VE BEEN PERSONALLY INVOLVED IN MINISTRIES OF DELIVERANCE (ONE OF WHICH IS 'EXORCISM'), AND SOMETIMES THE TRUTH IS A LOT WEIRDER THAN FICTION. I CAME FROM THE PHILIPPINES WERE DEMONIC MANIFESTATIONS WERE A DAILY THING. AND SO MY PREDICAMENT IS HAVING TO ANALYZE THIS MOVIE IN LIGHT OF THE SCI-FI/HORROR GENRE, WHILE MY BIO DICTATES THAT IT IS MORE A REALITY SHOW. WHEN I PURSUE IT FROM THAT ANGLE, IT TURNS INTO COMEDY! WHO'S REALLY MORE POSSESSED? LINDA BLAIR OR THE PRIEST? IT'S ABSOLUTELY LUDICROUS!
I'LL DO THE BEST I CAN. THIS IS A FICTIONAL HORROR MOVIE. AT LEAST FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES OF DOING A MOVIE REVIEW. OBVIOUSLY THE CATHOLIC SYNOD PROHIBITS ANY CLERGY FROM EXERCISING EXORCISM WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL FROM …
CJP - wrote on 10/21/2008
Action: 3/3 + Comedy: 1/2 + Good vs Evil: 1/1 + Love/Sex: 1/1 + Special Effects: 1/1 + Plot: 1/1 + Music: 1/1 = 9/10 or 90%.
The film is over a quarter of a century old and it's influence is still felt today. Modern horror films like the Possession of Emily Rose and the Amityville Horror tackle the same theme of demonic possession and it's effect on the innocent as well as the family unit. The Exorcist though also adds and relies more on eerie sounds and pointed scenes of expressionistic evil to build heightened tension and fear rather than gore out the viewer or use cheap and typical scare tactics. In a similar manner, Ju-On, Ringu, and the Ring are films that understood this terror of a creaking noise late at night. What is it? Thus, historically, the Exorcist is a very important …