A to Z – The Exorcist
Last October after watching all the movies on TV before Halloween, I got the idea to do an A to Z on horror movies. I also have a story premise in the back of my head involving horror movies, so this fits into my research for that. So I’m going to talk about random horror movies.
First, I am no film critic, just a person who likes horror movies. And second, some of the posts may contain spoilers. So you have been warned.
The Exorcist (1973)
IMDb Summary: When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Cheese factor: Low
Gore factor: Low
Creep factor: Medium
Could it happen? Naw
The Exorcist: One of those movies everybody’s heard of. Sequels, copycats, remakes, parodies. Even if you don’t like horror movies, you probably know the name. I think I saw it years ago, maybe junior high, but I didn’t recognize the movie right away.
Oh my goodness gracious, it was so damn slow at the beginning, I almost fell asleep. Total yawn.
The funny thing was that this movie starts out in Northern Iraq (I think it was there.) At first I was like, did I put the wrong movie in? I actually checked, because it didn’t fit in with my memories of the Exorcist. And it makes me wonder if I actually saw it. Or if I saw a remake or a parody. I just don’t remember.
The last ¼ is good, but that’s a lot of boring, dragging stuff to get through in the first ¾. Of course the last ¼ is when the girl is totally possessed by the demon.
The thing about this movie is, I’m curious about what happened when it came out. Was there a huge outcry from the Church? Priests are killed during the movie and even I was shocked at the vulgar words (directed at the priest) that came out of the girl’s mouth when she was possessed. It was in the voice of the demon, not the girl, which kinda makes it look funny, but seriously, if that actress was my daughter I would’ve have let her seen her own movie until she was 18.
So I’m curious if this was a mainstream movie that played at the theaters, or if the release was quiet at first and the following grew over the years. Anybody old enough to remember the early 70s? (I wasn’t born when this movie came out.)
Unfortunately, this is one movie I wouldn’t recommend. The demon possession stuff didn’t bother me, but it was so utterly slow… I would’ve stopped it if I had just been watching it for fun and not the A to Z.
Have you seen it?