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A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter.
Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother’s terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a showdown with an old demonic enemy.
A double Oscar winner, 1973’s William Friedkin’s The Exorcist messed me up all sorts of ways as a child. You see, growing up in a strict fundamentalist family can do that to you.
I’m not blaming anyone, I was not forced to watch the film; I’m pretty sure some of my siblings were trying to get me out of the family room while it was on. The parts I was able to see was enough and fractured my soul for many years to come.
In fact, it was not until I was in my 30’s that I actually watched the entire film. I sat in my living room alone in the dark to face the biggest fear of my childhood.
What a fantastic film!
I have since watched it several times, I don’t really find it all that scary now. It is a great drama with some supernatural elements.
What scarred me so long ago actually gave me a “shield”. No film has bothered me since. I have become somewhat numb to the fear that filmmakers try. I’m actually looking for a really scary movie now.
Fun fact: a few years ago, for a birthday event, my daughter had several friends with her and they all wanted to go to this haunted house called Nightmares Fear Factory.
By the time we were mid-way through the “house” half of our group had chickened out. I was pretty much laughing all the way through the maze. At one point, one of the girls looked at me and said, “You’re really not afraid are you?”
I realized that after The Exorcist, nothing has really scared me since.
I will not go much more into this as we have a great deep dive on this film coming up and I don’t want to spoil any of it for you.
My one question to you is do you prefer the Theatrical Release or The Version You’ve Never Seen?
One more thing, if you have not seen it, watch the first season of Fox’s The Exorcist TV show, it ties up Regan’s story that would have been a better way to go than the execrable The Exorcist II: The Heretic.
Crap, one, one more thing, after filming the documentary The Devil and Father Amorth, the director has stated that he would have done The Exorcist differently after seeing a “real” exorcism.
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