The Exorcist

The Exorcist

DVD - 2013
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The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother's frantic resolve to save her, and two priests, one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith, joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Brothers Entertainment, ©2013.
Edition: Extended director's cut.
Characteristics: 1 videodiscs (132 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm.

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swyckl
Feb 13, 2020

As an adult that can deal effectively with the spiritual realm, I enjoyed this movie. However, for those unable to deal with negative energies and for the young, I don't recommend this movie. The characters in this movie were an example of everything not to do. They played with a wee-gee board. They invited negative spirits into their life and their house. They rejected the spiritual help available to get rid of the prankster malicious spirit until it was a critical situation. Please learn from their example vicariously. Only allow the energies in white light that are benevolent into your life. Don't play with Dungeons and Dragons or the wee-gee board. Use white light to heal yourself and protect yourself.

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loella
Dec 22, 2019

Awfully well put together, The Exorcist still has a few shock moments--though one of them, the best, has been reinserted, having been chopped from the original release. But too many of the characters--Fr. Karras (Jason Miller), in particular--are so sketchily developed that it's hard to think of them as more than conveniences; one just doesn't feel for them. Why the Devil--not just a demon, it's emphasized--would possess a 12-year-old girl is a question that the script itself quite reasonably asks but doesn't answer. Even more puzzling is why the Devil then acts so pusillanimously. Well, OK, special effects weren't then what they are now, but still. A far superior though far less sensational movie on the same general theme is The Seventh Victim (1943). See it. One of The Exorcists strongest elements is the cobbled together soundtrack of electronic and advanced mid-twentieth-century classical music; director Friedkin likes this sort of thing and makes it fit his mise en scene beautifully. --Ray Olson

JCLMattC Oct 24, 2019

I can't say anything that hasn't already been said about this masterpiece. It's the ultimate horror film. No wonder every scary movie claims to be "scarier than the exorcist." This is the benchmark!

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stk22
Oct 17, 2019

The haters here don't get the point of this movie. It was 1973, folks. This movie scared the living crap out of generations of movie goers until violence, gore and CGI took over the industry. This is a classic horror film expertly directed by William Friedkin, written by William Peter Blatty, with an ensemble cast. The extended director's cut reveals the terrifying spider walk down the staircase that was cut from the original because it was too disturbing. Perhaps the critics here prefer the grindhouse "SAW" films over a truly great horror film that will always be at the top of most people's favorite horror movie lists. It frightened so many because it was based on a true story, was superbly acted, and was the special effects standard for horror in the early 70's. Too bad that some are so myopic they wouldn't know a great flick if it bit them in the rear, grabbed them by the testicles, or projectile puked all over them. One of the best horror films of that decade and perhaps all time.

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Derringer
Jul 04, 2019

I don't get it. I really don't.... At the very beginning of this film's grotesque and bleak story (at an excavation site in Northern Iraq), a small, ancient effigy representing a devil-like figure is uncovered amongst the ruins.

This discovery somehow unleashes a demon-spirit which then inexplicably transports itself all the way over to the USA where it (for whatever reasons) takes possession of a 13 year-old girl, living in Georgetown.

What I don't get is this - In Iraq the principal religion has always been Islam - So, with that in mind - What the hell good would Catholic priests performing a Christian exorcism do to help rid a girl of a demon that comes from a religion which doesn't even recognize Christianity?

If nothing else - This decidedly heavy-handed horror story certainly made a total laughing stock out of the Catholic religion..... Personally, I cannot see why so much fuss has been made about this particular fright flick over these many years. Now 40+ years old, The Exorcist has definitely lost a significant amount of its initial clout. In fact, I'd say that it was pretty laughable, in the long run.

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ManMachine
Jun 07, 2019

Aside from the intentionally disturbing nature of this 1973 film, I find this story about a "possessed" girl to be somewhat confused and only half-baked... Well, what could I expect?

The makers of "The Exorcist" certainly weren't aiming for plausibility here. No. Their goal was to gross the audience out like it had never been grossed out before and make a huge pile of money doing it. I'm sure we'd all agree that they succeeded very well on both counts.

As far as Regan's "possession" goes, I think it was a really screwy one and kinda wimpy, too.

To begin with, since she seemed to be fortified with an incredible amount of physical power, this left me wondering why the hell she would allow herself to be confined, like a prisoner, to her own bedroom. I would think that whatever it was that was possessing her would be itching to go out on the town and, you know, turn a few heads around on Main Street, or something wickedly-fun like that. But none of this kinda thing happened. There were no aborted escape attempts, either.

All-in-all, it was a kind of stupid "demon". Boring and unadventurous, if you ask me. But apparently Regan did get out once (or did she?) to desecrate the virgin Mary icon in the church. And her desecration was so artistically done, too. It was an amazing piece of art work for a mere twelve-year-old whose previous examples of clay figures were lumpy turtles and the likes.

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ausnos
May 22, 2018

Linda Blair and pea soup...nice.

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reginator_22
Jan 24, 2018

Classic horror movie!

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choloharvey
Jan 19, 2018

great horror movie that has stood the test of time!
usually have to have a brain to appreciate it :)

SPL_Liz Dec 02, 2017

The plot is a little simple and I didn't find it that scary but it's a well made film and the acting is great. It was a lot more vulgar than I was expecting, especially considering it's age.

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reginator_22
Jan 24, 2018

Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.

Father Karras: You would like that?

Demon: Intensely.

Father Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?

Demon: It would bring us together.

Father Karras: You and Regan?

Demon: You and us.

Laura_X Oct 26, 2016

What an excellent day for an exorcism.

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jimg2000
May 10, 2014

Chris: How do you go about getting an exorcism?
Karras: I beg your pardon? Well, the first thing - I'd have to get into a time machine and get back to the 16th century...Well, it just doesn't happen any more, Mrs. MacNeil...since we learned about mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia...Since the day I joined the Jesuits, I've never met one priest who has performed an exorcism. Not one.

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Monolith
Aug 05, 2012

Father Damien Karras: "Why her? Why this girl?" Father Merrin: "I think the point is to make us despair. To see ourselves as... animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us."

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Monolith
Aug 05, 2012

Demon: "Give us time... Let the girl die... I am no one... I am no one... Fear the priest... Fear the priest... Merrin... Merrin..."

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Monolith
Aug 05, 2012

Father Damien Karras: (praying over Merrin's body) "Ego te absolvo in nomine Patris, et Filiii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen."

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میکائیل
Oct 11, 2011

"If movies are, among other things, opportunities for escapism, then "The Exorcist" is one of the most powerful ever made. Our objections, our questions, occur in an intellectual context after the movie has ended. During the movie there are no reservations, but only experiences. We feel shock, horror, nausea, fear, and some small measure of dogged hope. Rarely do movies affect us so deeply." -Roger Ebert, Dec. 26, 1973

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Demon: Your mother's in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Demon: I'm not Regan.
Father Damien Karras: Well, then let's introduce ourselves. I'm Damien Karras.
Demon: And I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps.
Father Damien Karras: If you're the Devil, why not make the straps disappear?
Demon: That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
Father Damien Karras: You would like that?
Demon: Intensely.
Father Damien Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?
Demon: It would bring us together.
Father Damien Karras: You and Regan?
Demon: You and us.

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Jan 22, 2013

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Aug 07, 2012

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

When a teenager is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

The 11-year-old daughter of a movie actress is possessed by an ancient demon.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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