This is by far the scariest movie I have ever watched. I have gotten quite a few e-mails from fans that say they laughed at "The Exorcist". Laughed???? Not me, because I kinda believe in all that stuff. This is not to say that I am a religious freak, because I am far from that, but rather that I do believe in an ultimate evil. Whether that be the devil or Michael Jackson, I can't say for sure.

My first memories of "The Exorcist" came the first time my parents left me home while on vacation. First off, I lived in a very creepy house that at one time was the town funeral home. Second, like I said earlier I really believe in this shit. It was late at night and I saw that "The Exorcist" was on HBO, so I decided to watch it. BIG MISTAKE!!! (well not really, but that night I thought so) After the movie was over I went through the house turning on every light and doing my best Father Karras imitation, hoping to cast out any evil spirits that were there. As you can imagine, I didn't sleep a wink that night. It was kinda of exciting to be that damn scared. Now, that's what I love to see in a movie. One that's so good that you start to believe in it. I must say I did start attending church every Sunday over the next couple of weeks, well at least to the message began to bore me.

I didn't much care for "Exorcist II", but really enjoyed part III. I would definitely put it in my list of Top 50 horror film, and may some day add it to this site. The fourth installment is now in production, actually a prequel to "The Exorcist" about Father Merrin's first encounter with the demons of Hell.  Again, anything that you can add to this page, please e-mail. If I offend anyone with my religious comments, I'll see you in HELL!!!!

 

The Exorcist



T
he film begins in Iraq where we are introduced to Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow). While on a archeological dig, he feels the call of battle. It seems the dark lord wants a rematch (see "Exorcist II: The Heretic" for more info on their past encounters). But where will this battle take place???

Little Regan (Linda Blair) seems to have a new friend, Captain Howdy (aka "Satan's Minions") and he doesn't want to play nice. Strange things are a mist at the McNeil household. After a battery of very painful test and being labeled a complete lunatic, they realize that Regan isn't quite herself. When all else fails turn to the church, right???

That when a priest (Jason Miller), who at the time is questioning his own faith, is called in to do battle with the demons of Hell. He is joined later by Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow), a seasoned pro when it comes to sparring with Beelzebub. Holy water and green puke fly from every imaginable angle as this battle of good and evil rages. In the end who is the real winner? E-mail me.

A great movie that makes us all question our faithful or faithless lives. Great effects (legendary green puke, spinning head, etc) ala Dick Smith and a very eerie atmosphere. The score is outstanding. One of the best ever.  Overall, one of the most complete and entrancing horror films to all time

 

Frightful Facts

  • Nominated for 10 Academy Awards (Won for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound) and 4 Golden Globes (Won Best Director, Best Film, Best Sound, and Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair).

  • Opened on December 26th, 1973.

  • It caused widespread hysteria when released. Reports of fainting, people being institutionalized, and at least one miscarriage.

  • Banned on video in Finland.

  • The Exorcist has been re-classified in the UK. The uncut version is now available in the UK.

  • Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine were approached to play the role of Chris McNeil
  • Jack Nicholson was up for the part of Father Karras, before Jason Miller landed the role.

  • Dana Plato (from Different Strokes) was supposedly offered the role of Regan.

  • Mercedes McCambridge sued Warner Bros. because she didn't receive credit in the film for the demonic voice.

  • Eileen Dietz played Linda Blair's double. She did all the controversial sexual scenes (i.e. Lick me, Let Jesus, crotch grabbing, etc).

  • The flying puke was actually animated in the film. Dick Smith had made a device to use for the scene, but Friedkin didn't think it looked real enough. This device was used in one scene where the puke oozes out on Father Merrin's collar

  • Grossed over $165M in the theaters in the US and $90M on video. One of the most successful horror films of all time.

  • Warner Home Video has release THE EXORCIST 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION. The video SE  includes: the film in clamshell box, 52 page book on The Exorcist, Soundtrack (without Tubular Bells") with unreleased music from the film, 8 lobby cards, and a 8 1/2 X 10" film still. The price about $49.95. Includes a 30 minutes documentary with deleted scenes and 3 trailers. 

  • Warner Home Video has just put out  a “25th Anniversary Special Edition” for William Friedkin’s The Exorcist on DVD and laserdisc. The DVD (and I think the laserdisc contains the same) contain an introduction by Academy Award- winning director William Friedkin , as well as "The Fear of God: The Making of The Exorcist". This expanded 75-minute featurette is a new documentary produced by the BBC specifically for the film's 25th anniversary edition, featuring more than 11 minutes of never-before -seen footage. This version of the documentary will be available on DVD only! It also contains new Interviews with Friedkin and best- selling author William Peter Blatty, as well as, new interviews with the film’s stars. To round this package up, the disc will also contain additional trailers and TV Spots as well as running length commentary tracks. The new "25th Anniversary Special Edition" DVD will clock in at approximately 220 minutes. Click the banner below for a complete review:
     

  • "The Exorcist" is supposedly based on a true story. The Discovery Channel had an excellent documentary on it called "In the Grip of Evil". I saw it and now I am twice as scared. Now available at Amazon.com.

  • Supposedly an Exorcist mini-series and series are in development.

  • Checkout the Washington Post's articles on "The Exorcist", click here.

  • The prequel is in pre-production. More news coming soon!!!!!

  • Check here to go to Warner Bros. webpage and view the original trailer.

  • Nine people died during the making of "The Exorcist". Most notably, Jack MacGowran (Burke Dennings).

  • The set for "The Exorcist" burn down during production delaying the film for 6 weeks.

  • Checkout The Exorcist statue in "The Wishmaster"

News & more....

Checkout Warner Bros. official Exorcist site here!!!!!

Click here to visit Linda Blair's official page.

Order "An Exorcist Tell His Story" by Father Amorth at Amazon.com

Merchandise

Click here to buy the video "In the Grip of  Evil" at Amazon.com

Checkout the new House of Horrors t-shirt (which features a possessed Regan ) for sale now

Checkout Rotten Cotton's new batch of "Exorcist"  t-shirts.

Click Here to Buy William Peter Blatty Novel "The Exorcist" on which the film is based at Amazon.com

Buy the soundtrack for "The Exorcist" at Amazon.com

Click Here to Buy the "BFI Modern Classics The Exorcist" an excellent reference guide on the film at Amazon.com

 

 

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This page is possessed**

This page is possessed. I decided that since this is probably my most popular page (I get the most e-mails from people regarding this movie, thanks and keep them coming), that I should update it with some new pictures and sounds. So during the last week or so, I have been getting all the stuff together to do a major update to The Exorcist page. I decided that Christmas day would be the perfect time since it marked the beginning of the 25th anniversary of the movies' release (it was released on December 26, 1973). So I began to work my ass off, because I wanted everything to go just right and since you are reading this, I guess I succeeded, but it wasn't easy.

Here's what happened, I began Snappy images off the new Warner Brother DVD (excellent, widescreen edition, a big thumb ups to WB) and I got a tons of pictures, but the next day....they were gone. I started thinking to myself, my computer must be fucked up so I decided to Snappy some images from "An American Werewolf in London" and presto chango, they came out perfect. I decided to try The Exorcist again. Spending hours I got all the pictures again. Alright, finally ready to go, wrong....they  disappeared again. Now I was really pissed. Maybe someone is trying to tell me not to update this page, but I stay persistent and finally get the images.

I started to put the pages back together and I think it looks great, well...at least I hope so. On Christmas day, I began to upload my update and all seems to be going well, but than my computer locks up. After hours of reloading all my internet software, I started the upload again and everything seems to have gone alright. Let me know if there are any problems with the new pages and if they were worth the time. I think they are and maybe the next time I do an
update to this page I will get a priest to bless my computer.

Enjoy!!!!

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