The Exorcist (1973) Film Review. Hoya Productions. Directed by William Friedkin. Distributed by Warner Bros Pictures. Rated R US, Certificate 18 UK. Running time 121 minutes orginal cut, directors cut 132 minutes.
To be honest I own the DVD complete box set now with all the films including the excellent Third in the series and the two prequels The rubbish Renny Harlin version,and the better version of the same film Dominion directed by Paul Schrader. Nothing can take away the experience of the first one,and yes I own all the films,but still now find it hard to watch the first one. It still scares me now. Brilliantly Directed by William Friedkin. And staring Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb Ellen Burstyn, and the absolutely superb performance from a very young Linda Blair who plays the possessed child Regan. Baring in mind she was only 14 at the time. And to put in a performance that made me almost wet myself,God knows why she was never an Oscar Winner. A lot will say but it was all about the makeup, yes it was brilliantly realistic but you still have to act under those layers of latex ,for someone so young I'm speechless. Shame in a way as she couldn't I think ever beat that performance, and kind of a curse. Same as the other talented actress in the Eighties Drew Barrymore who had to reinvent herself in the late nighties,because of her fame so early in her career. I not going to run through the story because if you have not seen this yet,well you probably deserve to be possessed, sorry I don't mean that. It is a film every horror fan needs to see,a film that set the benchmark for all horror films since. Without this film the excellent Rosemary's Baby would probably not been made, the equally scary Don't Look Now, The Wicker Man, and The Omen. Would not have been thought off. So William Peter Blatty your a literary genius,William Friedkin equally as much praise to you. Linda Blair you scared the shit out of me, a film so good,so legendary, and so scary even now I find it a hard watch. That my friends make this the best film ever made, or certainly the best horror, this is the Citizen Cain of the genre of horror, and I dare anyone to argue against that. Watch it now if you have never seen it, it is a must watch.