Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Exorcist (1973) (2nd time)

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

Nominated for 10 Oscars:

Best Picture
Best Director: William Friedkin
Best Actress: Ellen Burstyn
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Miller
Best Supporting Actress: Linda Blair
Best Adapted Screenplay (WINNER)
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Art Direction
Best Sound (WINNER)

Cool horror films are unmatchable. I can't wait to see Rosemary's Baby again, as it fits the same category. I like The Exorcist because it's well written and it has a hell of a direction. It takes an ordinary horror film subject and shapes it with respect and passion. All the scenes with Linda Blair and the demon are classics, both in dialogue and the visuals themselves.
I haven't seen The Sting, but it can't beat Exorcist and one of my alltime favs Cries and Whispers. Ellen Burstyn gives a great performance in a solid year for Best Actress (with the probably weakest one winning) and despite the voice controversy (Mercedes McCambridge voiced the demon and not Linda Blair as initially thought), Linda Blair still had to do all those faces :P, the looks and say the lines, even if it wasn't her voice. So, to me, hers is also much deserved + the fabulous male performances, from Miller to Lee J. Cobb and most of all Max von Sydow.
My rating for the film: 9/10. A Hollywood classic and a milestone for the genre.


  1. I really don't like this movie. Most of it is laughable from my point of view.

  2. It was really slow at the start. But when it's good, it was creepy!

  3. I agree with Fritz.

    It just took awhile to really get going and it only got truly interesting during the last twenty minutes.

    Blair's is a throwaway nomination, but Burstyn's pretty good.

  4. I thought the beginning was fabulous, setting the mood and everything...

  5. I'll bet the couple of comments that said this film is slow in the begining were made by people under 30 who have no patience. Young people now need everything to happen in hte first 15 minutes or they get bored. This is why movies are so bad today. Nobody takes the time to bring a real story to the screen because everyone is so scared of boring these dopey young audiences.