The Exorcist (1973)
Director: William Friedkin
Cast: Jason Miller, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow
Synopsis: Chris Macneil (Ellen Burstyn), a movie actress taking up temporary residence in Washington D.C. has her troubles. The script for the movie she’s filming seems inadequate. Her ex, who is also the father of her adolescent daughter, Regan (Linda Blair), neglects to call the girl on her birthday. And the attic has rats. Once Regan starts to exhibit some very strange behaviour Chris takes her to a doctor who just chalks it up to A.D.D. Meanwhile, Father Karras (Jason Miller), a priest and a psychiatrist, is losing his faith; and he’s dealing with a sick mother who needs medical care he hasn’t the money to provide. Regan is steadily getting worse by speaking in different languages with new voices and also becoming very violent. Fed up with nowhere else to turn Chris finds Father Karras and asks his help and even brings up exorcisms which haven’t been performed by the church for centuries. After visiting Regan it is clear to Father Karras that this is beyond his expertise and consults the church who then send Father Merrin (Max von Sydow), has just returned from Iraq and has experience performing exorcisms. It becomes clear to both Father Merrin and Father Karras that in order drive out this evil force in Regan they may be forced to sacrifice themselves.
Trivia: On the first day of filming the exorcism sequence, Linda Blair’s delivery of her foul-mouthed dialogue so disturbed the gentlemanly Max von Sydow that he actually forgot his lines. The demon that possesses Regan MacNeil is named Pazuzu in the script, but this name is never mentioned in any cut of the film. During the film Pazuzu lies to Father Damien Karras claiming to be the Devil/Satan. Conversations with Father Lankester Merrin show this claim to be false.
Why I think you should see this: This is the greatest horror film of all time and one of my favourites movies as well. It is just so effective it is not as much scary as it is creepy. There is also a very realistic film you actually feel like the characters are really going through this. A classic check it out sometime.