Directed by: William Friedkin
Starring: Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair
The Exorcist is one of those movies that’s a little too good for it’s own good. Just about every part of this movie has become a tired trope in the ensuing forty years since its release, and that makes watching it now less enjoyable. It is still a great movie, of course, and a genuine horror classic. It’s a good example of the destructive aspect to our sequels and remakes movie culture we have going on.
A young girl starts acting strangely after she tells her mom that she keeps seeing and hearing an imaginary friend named “Captain Howdy”. The mother has doctors look after her daughter who gets more and more violent and unruly, and eventually she turns to a priest to exorcise the demon from her. The priest is going through a crisis of faith and initially refuses, but decides that the girl’s well-being is more important and, along with Max Von Sydow, performs the rite.
I mean, this movie is so famous that nowadays the concept of an exorcism is a common thing people will just joke about. When this movie came out, it was just as poorly-known as the characters in the film act it was. I could go on and on about all the other landmark things about this movie, but instead I’m just going to say that you need to see it if you haven’t. The sooner you do it, the less ripoff stuff you’ll have in your mind to dull the experience.