The Exorcist (1973)

House of Horrors presents The Exorcist

 

 

 

 

WARNING   **This page is possessed**

This Exorcist 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 ton 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 then 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!!!!

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist (1973) Rating:

  • Dylan = 10 / 10;
  • Eloise = 9 / 10;
  • Raoul = 10 / 10;
  • Ronan = 9 / 10
  • Simina = 10 / 10;
  • Andrew = 10 / 10.

The Exorcist (1973) Synopsis:

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, as 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 kind 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 someday 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 (1973) Story:

The Exorcist StoryThe film begins in Iraq where we are introduced to Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow). While on an 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 to 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. At 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

The Exorcist (1973) Review:

The Exorcist is universally acknowledged, by both horror-fans and others, as one of the very best horror movie ever made! Hence, I don’t think there is much need here for a detailed review of how scary the movie is, or just how splendid the practical special effects are, or how the great the acting is.

Instead, let’s just ask ourselves this question: is The Exorcist a 10/10, perfect movie? Surely, the abundance of cult scenes that it contains argues for it, but it seems that our team slightly disagree on this. For the defense of my 10/10 rating, I’ll just use one argument – one that you can listen – so just close your eyes, press play below, and feel the chill that invades you immediately.

The Exorcist 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 released THE EXORCIST 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION. The video SE includes the film in the clamshell box, a 52-page book on The Exorcist, Soundtrack (without Tubular Bells”) with unreleased music from the film, 8 lobby cards, and an 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. “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.
  • Check out 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 the 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.
  • Check out The Exorcist statue in “The Wishmaster

The Exorcist Spider Walk

This scene was to have taken place when Chris first finds out about Burke Dennings death. As we see her confronted with this untimely tragedy, Regan can be seen coming down the stairs, contorted backwards, looking like a tarantula. As she makes her way down, we see her tongue shooting quickly in and out of her mouth. She than makes her way to her mother on all fours as Chris screams out, “Jesus, get a doctor”.

Freidkin later cut the scene, because “I never shot a reaction from Chris and Sharon. I remember I was having great difficulty getting what I thought was the proper reaction from Ellen Burstyn to the news of the death of Burke Dennings”. In fact, Blatty later surmises, that the real problem lies with how the scene was written.

 

 

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The Exorcist Merchandise:

  • Click here to buy the video “In the Grip of Evil” at Amazon.com
  • Check out the new House of Horrors t-shirt (which features a possessed Regan ) for sale now
  • Check out 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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© 1973 Warner Brothers

The Exorcist (1973) Cast:

Ellen BurstynEllen BurstynChris MacNeil
Max von SydowMax von SydowFather Merrin
Lee J. CobbLee J. CobbLt. William Kinderman
Kitty WinnKitty WinnSharon
Jack MacGowranJack MacGowranBurke Dennings
Jason MillerJason MillerFather Karras
Linda BlairLinda BlairRegan
William O'MalleyWilliam O’MalleyFather Dyer (as Reverend William O’Malley S.J.)
Barton HeymanBarton HeymanDr. Klein
Peter MastersonPeter MastersonDr. Barringer – Clinic Director (as Pete Masterson)
Rudolf SchündlerRudolf SchündlerKarl
Gina PetrushkaGina PetrushkaWilli
Robert SymondsRobert SymondsDr. Taney
Arthur StorchArthur StorchPsychiatrist
Thomas BerminghamThomas BerminghamTom – President of University (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham S.J.)

The Exorcist Fanspeak

David Brown, DrDave@POBoxes.com

RE: Driven to Father Buckman

No movie has ever come close to creating the personal terror I felt after seeing — and becoming obsessed with — The Exorcist.

I was only three years old when the film was released in theaters, so the first time I saw it was when it was broadcast on network television. I can’t remember exactly how old I was, exactly, but I must have been around eight or ten. The memories of that first viewing are surprisingly vague, actually.

The one moment I remember is when Regan sits up and growls, “Keep away! The sow is mine!” I remember it because my mom looked over at me and asked, “Are you going to be okay?” That, in itself, stunned me a bit because I’d never been prone to nightmares, nor had I scared very easily.

But that was about to change. At the time, I was a fairly devout Catholic boy, going to catechism classes every Saturday. I had night after night of nightmares, dreaming that Pazuzu had left Karras after his death and was coming after me.

That is when I could get to sleep at all, which was quite a task in itself. Every little sound, every creak in the house, became a telltale sign that the demon was there, watching, waiting for a ripe moment to attack.

After about ten days of this, waking up screaming and drenched in sweat, I called out for my mom and told her that I needed to see my favorite priest, Father Buckman. I didn’t know what I’d say, or how I’d say it, but I just *had* to see him before I lost my sanity altogether.

She refused to take me to see him for a special visit, but I managed to visit with him briefly one Sunday after mass. He did his best to convince me that what I’d seen was simply a Hollywood exaggeration of the reality and that I was in no danger of becoming possessed, but it fell on deaf ears.

Suddenly, it seemed to hit him that there was only one way to put me at ease, and he gave me a personal blessing. That helped immensely, and though I was still wary for years, you could say that Father Buckman exorcized my fears.

Years later, I was rummaging around in a bookshelf at home and came across the paperback edition of William Peter Blatty’s original novel. Though I was too old (and rapidly losing faith in Catholicism) to become afraid that I could actually be possessed, I read and became obsessed with the book.

For those of you who haven’t taken the time to read it, I strongly suggest that you do — it’s even more powerful than the film if you can believe that. I read it many times over, simply unable to put it down.

One day, I came home from school and couldn’t find the book. I asked my mother about it, and she said she hadn’t seen it, then asked why I’d want to read the same old thing over again. I never found the book, and my mom denies ever hiding it or throwing it away to this day.

I can imagine plenty of reasons for her to tell me a “little white lie” back then if she’d finally thrown the book out, but there’d be no reason for her to keep up that pretense today. Everyone else in the family similarly denied seeing or discarding the book, and its disappearance remains a mystery to me.

So, salutations to all who have been profoundly frightened or disturbed by the book or the film. We share a common emotional experience. It’s this impact, this ability to truly *involve* you, that makes The Exorcist a standout and a classic in its genre.

May the Power of Christ compel you,

thank you, David

Ginger Pfeil, Pfeil98@webtv.net

RE: The Exorcist

I am 24 years old and I probably saw the movie when I was around 10 years old – at a friends house where I wasn’t supposed to be. My mother knew how weak I was with horror movies, so she kept a close eye on what I watched. Needless to say, the movie ruined me to this day. I had recurring nightmares for years after and could not hear the creepy “Tubular Bells” anywhere without totally freaking out.

Once I was watching “Charlies Angels” and Mercedes McCambridge was a guest star. Well, I had no idea who she was – until I heard her! It was THE voice, and I could not stand it. It penetrated through me like a knife. I had to share a room with my mother up until the age of 18 and it still didn’t help.

I would end up in bed with her quite often because every time I closed my eyes, I would hear the music and see Regan’s head going around. I could not shake it. When I was 16, we went to LA and went to the Movieland Wax Museum. It had a chamber of horrors and I reluctantly went in. It had the usual Dracula, Frankenstein and such and I was enjoying it. But then, the exhibits started to get more modern like Freddy and Jason and Tex.

Chainsaw and I started to get a very uneasy quiver in my gut. I already knew what was ahead, but could not turn back. As I turned a corner there was a shower stall with Anthony Perkins popping out at you, which made me laugh and I felt better. Then, to the next right was a bedroom scene and the wind blowing and furniture moving and “Tubular bells” and there she was glaring at me with those awful eyes and then to my horror, her head turned completely around and I was never so completely and utterly terrified in all of my life.

I’m surprised I didn’t pee myself and “die up there”. Granted, it was a wax imitation and it didn’t look EXACTLY like her, but to be in a room with the representation of everything that ever horrified you – I believed it was evil and I ran out of there.

Now that I am married, I have forced my self to watch it in daylight to learn to cope with the sight of her, because I know my man will be right there beside me if my mind starts to wander. But after reading all of this info on your sight, I realize that I was not alone in the terror-filled childhood I faced for so many years. Maybe I have finally “cast her out”. Thank You

Ginger

Stuart, peskett@dircon.co.uk

RE: Feelings on The Exorcist

I have seen this incredibly tense, stomach-twisting film twice, once in the cinema, then on video. I think one of its most compelling attributes is the fact that it has been hyped so much, but when you do go and see it, it IS everything you thought it would be. Claustrophobic, atmospheric, uncomfortable, grimy, there are so many adjectives one could use.

The feeling which struck me the most is how religious people would react to the film. Although not religious myself, I can only begin to imagine how a deeply religious person would view the film, the way it challenges deeply-rooted beliefs and faith.

Who wins, good or evil? Well, the devil does not take Regan, but the priest doesn’t banish the devil either – he only passes it onto himself, then kills himself as a last resort. So who wins? And what is to stop the devil from picking another victim and causing more death?

And what makes it such a scary film? Is it the fact that the devil could possess anyone, so no-one is safe and has control over their lives? Or is it that the film takes religion and shows how easily it can be rendered powerless?

All I do know is that The Exorcist is easily the scariest film I have ever seen, and I defy anyone to watch it straight through, alone, with the lights out! I dare you!

Thanks for listening,

Stu.

Alex, panf74@yahoo.com

RE: Who wins? Good or Evil?

As I read the posts on this site (excellent site by the way!), I came across a post that answered your question on who wins –either good or evil? Well, interestingly enough, the person answered her opinion and stating that good wins. Good answer. But, as “felt” from the movie, you can realize while watching it that both sides share the winnings. Otherwise, how can Goodwin without the initial catalyst of Evil?

The dark, evil (demonic if you will) content of the film sparks a debate within each of us to always check on our stance on our respective faith, especially if you’re Christian. In other words, how can Good exist within us without a reason? How can “B” exist without “A”? How can an apple exist without an apple tree? See the connection?

Personally, “The Exorcist” is by far the best horror film to date. This film gives Christianity a more pronounced existence in this world (if your personal decision is that Good wins overall) and that Good can exist within all of us. Sure, there’s the little “trauma factor” involved, but it is good.

After watching the film so many times, it feels good because I can check with my personal religion every few years…just to see where I stand and what I think. But for some reason, I always have a different view on the film and its meaning every time I watch it.

Alex

Wayne Tapia, Ashland@ashland4.com

RE: An Exorcist newbie crumbles

Hello all! I recently had the pleasure of turning a friend of mine on to the nightmare-generator of a movie that we all know and love. Probably the best part about it was the fact that he was SOOO SURE that it was going to be B-grade schlock of a horror film. He was saying things like, “Oh, how scary can it be. It was released in ’73” and “I’m sure the special effects are gonna be lousy.”

Well, by the end of the movie, he was turning on lights and telling us (in no uncertain terms) “I DON’T EVER WANT TO SEE THAT AGAIN!!!” In a word, he was petrified. HA! I’ve seen “The Exorcist” probably 100 times. It is quite possibly my favorite movie EVER. To this day, the reverse English scene still tingles my neck hairs. I can’t wait to see the “missing” scenes. I propose a toast (please raise at least a virtual glass)- Here’s to the next 25 years of being scared shitless by the same movie over and over again. (clink)

Awesome website, BTW

Wayne

Matt Bland, matthew.bland@netchannel.co.uk

RE: THE UK MISSING OUT ON THE EXORCIST.

T4: Well what can I say about this film? I first saw it on video back in 1984 before the UK changed its film censorship laws and decided to clear the shelves of superb original horror movies like this one. I was about nine years old when I first watched The Exorcist, and it scared the hell out of me but I couldn’t stop watching it. It was the first horror film I`d seen, and I loved it. Now thanks to the UK Film Censors and The Church of England, there’s a lot of disappointed fans over here who unless they own a laserdisc player or have purchased a copy of the video from the US we have to miss out on the fun.

We can watch the sequel’s which are still available here on video, which is pointless if you’ve never seen the first. The only time we can get to see the film is when cinema’s here decide to release it which is rare. I read about the special edition of The Exorcist being released but will the UK Cinemas get to see it? Mmm, I doubt it. Which is a shame? The last time I saw this masterpiece was on the cinema about five years ago, and it still sent shivers down my spine, and on satellite tv but the only problem was it being shown on a German channel in. You’ve guessed it… German. So unless the likes of TNT Movies decide to show it, we have to wait until the censor boards see sense.

Matt

Gerald Bissett, 113532.1170@compuserve.com

RE: The UK and The Exorcist

Love the site, been looking for some Exorcist pictures.. thanks.
Like Matt Bland, I`m in that country that treats us all like inmates in a kindergarten. Just to say I was fortunate enough to, having seen the Exorcist over 30 times in the cinema, rent the video enough to have watched it over 60 times at home.     One day, a while later, I thought I’d like to see it again… lo and behold… NOT AVAILABLE !!!

This wasn’t the first time this had happened. I once rented “Nightmares in a Damaged Brain”, went back to the shop two weeks later…Withdrawn. “Child’s Play” see it, want it again, oops.. banned.

I’m 41, moderately intelligent, reasonably well balanced of mind, I think I can safely decide what I can see with no chance of me being influenced to hack a young woman to pieces, eat the next door neighbors for dinner, jump out of a window, or drive through a crowd of old people struggling to cross the road and so on….

Anyway, great site, I’ll be back

Gerald 

Selene, mramos2@acad.stedwards.edu

RE: Exorcist

Hi there – I am 26 and a graduate student in Texas. I was only two when the film was originally released, but I first saw it at the age of eleven, in 1982 at a friend’s slumber party. There were ten of us girls there, with one of the girl’s mother safely nearby in her own bedroom. However, that wasn’t enough.

The ten of us squashed onto their enormous pit couch to watch what we thought would be your average slasher flick. Not so. We were genuinely terrified – (being that we were all classmates at a local Catholic school) not the giddy, slightly exciting fear you might experience while watching, say, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

This terror was genuine – every one of us was white as a sheet after the movie was done, and needless to say, not one of us slept a wink. Being “good little Catholic girls”, we were astounded at the blasphemy depicted in the film – and darkly fascinated.  Early the next morning, some of the girls dropped off to sleep.

Those of us who were still awake nervously discussed the movie in frightened, hushed voices. Could something like that really happen? The possibility that it could be very real to us. I saw the movie again about four years later, and it still terrified me the same way.

I’ve seen the movie several times more in the past few years, and while I am much more prepared to handle it, it still awakes within me a certain terror. I recently saw a program on the Discovery channel dealing with exorcism, and it made me realize that the movie wasn’t too far off track. Could this, or had this ever happened to someone in real life?

This movie scared the living daylights out of me, and even though I am grown and married, I can’t forget the stark, hot terror that flooded through me the first time I saw the movie. On the rare occasions, it is shown on cable, I am still unable to watch it alone – I have found that even with my husband and/or friends watching it with me, there are still parts of the movie where I put my hand over my eyes. It’s that disturbing.

Selene

Susie

qbee1@earthlink.net

RE: The Exorcist at 25

I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since I stood outside a theater in Westwood, California. The line wrapped around the block and we all couldn’t wait to get in. As the line slowly moved forward, we were treated to a full size replica of Reagan’s bedroom window as seen from “M” Street, with the curtains billowing out into the night sky. By the time the lights went down inside the “standing room only” theater, we were READY to get the crap scared out of us. Little did we know…..

The Exorcist still scares me, though I’ve seen it 20+ times. But nothing will compare to the FIRST time. I have always been a big horror movie fan, being raised on Saturday night “Chiller” movies. I loved ’em! I never had nightmares (OK, once when I was little, the Morlocks were outside of my house, looking in the windows with their glowing eyes), but to this day, I love horror movies!

But the Exorcist scared me like no other movie had ever done, then or since. I read the book a year or so before the movie was release, and it was fabulous!!! But seeing the story unfold on the screen was just something that overwhelmed my senses. I actually had to look away a few times, the scenes were so intense. I remember the first scene that just took my breath away was when Regan is thrashing around on her bed and all of a sudden, she rolls her eyes back into her head, her throat expands and that gutteral growl comes out…SHIIIIT! I knew I was in trouble. We movie-goers had NEVER seen anything like this before.

I was so scared throughout the night, I didn’t get any sleep. My husband just took it all in stride and fell asleep with no problem. I was so scared, I remember wishing I could just crawl inside him to be safe from ….what?? I never had a movie affect me like that. Looking back now, it was pretty funny how scared I was. When my husband started snoring at about 3:00 a.m. he sounded JUST LIKE Reagan did when her throat swelled up!! FREAKED ME OUT!!!!

Anyway, I’m a big fan of the picture and really hope they do a theatrical release this year (with out-takes!!!!!! TOO COOL!!) Thanks for a great web site. I love it!!!

Susie


m.flinn

arteest@cyberhighway.net

RE: The Exorcist

Hello, my fellow Exorcist fanatics, I thought you might enjoy my virgin screening of our favorite film. back in those days my friends and i thought it was cool to sneak beers into the theatre when we went to the movies. on opening night of the long awaited Exorcist we ( about 7 of us) were among the last people in line and so, when we finally got in there weren’t enough seats to where we could all sit together and i wound up sitting with a bunch of people i didn’t know. Anyway, as the movie unfolded i was so caught up in its mesmerising story that i forgot aboout the two tall cans of Budweisers i’d hidden in my coat…that is until i got thirsty. and so, i pulled the now-somewhat- warmish Bud out and at the very moment in the movie where little Regan is hosing pea-soup gunk on the hapless priest i popped the top and foamy Budweiser soaked the 20 people nearest to me. it was absolutely perfect, it was like those smell-o-rama shows of the past, people were SHRIEKING, shaking off the liquid as though it had just exited the little girl on the screen. i can laugh now but there were some REALLY mad folks around me and so i excused myself and wound up watching my favorite movie of all time standing in the back of the theatre, suckin’ on what was left of my brew…i consider myself fortunate not to have had my own head turned 360 degrees that evening but i wouldn’t give up the memory of the scene that i caused for anything. I did NOT make any of this up, it was a sensation! many thanks,

yours truly, m.flinn


Joe Jenkins

joe.jenkins@ukonline.co.uk

RE: How it affected me and the country as a whole

The exorcist, what can really be said.

Well, the film had the same response in the United Kingdom as it did in the states, only we were prepared for it and the cinemas all had ambulances outside. As it says the video is banned in this country, but you can still go and watch it in the cinema where it is still sometimes shown.

My own feelings for the film are that it wasn’t really scary whilst watching it. It was when I got home and turned off the light. I feel that the reason for it being such a classic is that it sends your imagination running. This is due to the fact that it is something which very well could, and does, happen in reality, unlike many other horror films. It isn’t really a horror film as such, but a chiller and it is this chilling aspect which scares so many people.


Joe John Teodoro

genetron@colba.net

RE: The Exorcist…Obsessed?

I am probably the biggest fan of the the movie The Exorcist, ask anyone who knows me. The problem is that I think I am completely obsessed, having watched it over 35 times and the posters of both The Exorcist and Exorcist III, reside laminated in my living room, I own every copy ever made, VHS, LD, DVD, the soundtrack, etc…

My wife was very scared of me when she met me. I am however a christian and I don’t know why, I just keep coming back for more as if I am possessed. Everything I do in my life personal and professional, I just seem to make reference to it all the time and people think I am starnge. I Love it!!!! What can I say….
IT’S REALLY THE ONLY MOVIE THAT HAS EVER SCARED ME TO DEATH!!!!!

John


Carrie Moriarty

RE: The Exorcist

I just saw The Exorcist for the first time (1/31/98). I missed the beginning, but I did see most of it. I must admit, I thought it was a good movie, but I wasn’t frightened. Concerned, perhaps, but not frightened. I don’t know whether or not I believe in demonic possession, and this movie sure didn’t help me decide. By the end of the exorcism, when the older priest dies, I was crying. I noticed that you pose this question on your page: who wins? Good, or evil? I think that good wins. I’m a devout churchgoer (laugh if you will, I don’t care), and one of the hymns that we sing — especially at Easter — has a chorus that goes, “There is no greater love, says the Lord, than to lay down your life for a friend.” Both the priests who died during the exorcism literally laid down their lives so that the devil wouldn’t kill Regan. If you consider the ultimate goal of evil to be to drag the souls of humans to Hell, then evil failed because these priests showed the most powerful love there is and probably went to Heaven. Not only did the devil fail to kill Regan and take her soul, he was cast out of her and indirectly let two souls go to Heaven. Looks like a case of good defeats evil to me.

I like your page a lot. I visit it on occasion, when the need for horror arises. Keep up the good work

Carrie Moriarty


Jessie Yip

jessieyip@vandasys.com.sg

RE: Fear

Hi , I am from Singapore…I just watched The Exorcist last night for the second time. Same sentiments …most horrifying movie I have ever watch. The first time watched it was 10 years ago, I was 13 then…It left such deep memories I told myself that I will never see it again.Because the fear got really bad, I used to sleep in a room by myself, on the King Size bed. I woke up in the middle of the night sometimes and saw HER sleeping beside me…her eyes…staring down at me. I didn’t even know how to pray…I think the “Chinese Gods” that I am familiar with didn’t do the trick to drive her away from my bed…SHE scares me all the time…

Then one fine day, a christain of mine invited me to her church… I went and during a prayer meeting I saw her face again in my mind…while everyone was singing and worshiping God, she disturbed my mind with her voice and…THEN the pastor spoke : Last request for prayers? I kept quiet. There was this guy sitting across me, he said he saw an image of a possessed girl while praying. Shyly, I raised my voice in the congregation of 30 people, I confessed that I have this problem of seeing the possessed girl in my mind all the time after watching The Exorcist.

Well, they all pray for me …( one girl told me that she didn’t pray for me and left the room because her hair was standing and the fear was so tremendous ….)After all that praying , I left the room. I went to the church office to collect something ( alone )…then I saw HER sitting beside the Photocopying machine. I just walk out of the room. That was the last time I saw HER in my life. My buddy was in the prayer meeting also , she told me that the moment I mention about this , there is this air of fear in the room…So , this is my story about my experience …I don’t know…it’s scary.

After ten years, I rented the Exorcist again…I don’t know why.But it’s really a good movie, I watched it with my husband last night, he fell asleep during the show anyway…*sigh.

The don’t make movies like they used to now…

Jessie Yip


Scott Michael Thompson

essemtee@hotmail.com

RE: My Exorcist encounter

I saw an old cult movie seven years ago when I was 14, The Exorcist. I had to rent it again as I chickened out halfway through the first time (no thanks to a certain crucifix scene!) The fact that I’d later developed a huge crush on Linda Blair made me watch it again, then again, and see what an amazing piece of work it really is! I’ve now seen it uncountable times and it’s become one of my all-time favorite films. It still remains as powerful and shocking today as it was 25 years ago.

I’ve collected whatever scant info I could find, interviews, articles etc., (even the Original Film Soundtrack and Tubular Bells on LP,) and I still traditionally watch my VHS copy every Halloween. And if there is a theatrical re-release this year that goes beyond New York and L.A., I’ll be first in line to finally see it on the big screen, where it belongs!

Scott Michael Thompson