Considered by some to be the most frightening horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” redefined the horror genre, became a cultural phenomenon to the point where some were urging women to not see it if pregnant, and has become an enduring cultural classic since its release.
While few hugely-profitable movies can escape a flood of sequels, the ones that followed “The Exorcist” largely fell flat (even if they did yield this moment), never quite managing to come close to what made the original so great.
Based on the William Peter Blatty novel of the same name, the film revolves around a young girl named Regan (Linda Blair) who begins to develop mysterious symptoms for which no physician can find a logical explanation. Her mother (Ellen Burstyn) becomes increasingly disillusioned with the doctors, unable to find a rational answer for the condition. At her wits’ end and on the advice of one of the doctors treating Regan, her mother capitulates, seeking help to carry out an exorcism on her daughter.
The conflict between the science being at odds with the unexplainable is a core theme throughout the film; whatever you believe in, this film has plenty of scenes that will leave you calling its name for help.