A Summary and Review of The Exorcist

A Summary and Review of The Exorcist

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  1. Summary 

    The Exorcist was based on the best-selling novel written by William Peter Blatty. The novel was based on the last known Catholic-santioned exorcism in the United States. The Exorcist hit theaters in 1973 with a bang. The movie is about a little girl named Reagan( played by Linda Blair) who is possessed. Regan proves to be too much to handle for her mother Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn) and Chris seeks a priest Father Karras(Jason Miller) for guidance. Although skeptical at first, Father Karras later is believes Reagan is  possessed by the Devil and Father Karras seeks out an exorcist: Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) to perform the excorcism. The demon proves to be  a handful for Father Karras and Father Merrin and a battle of good and evil ensues.

    The demon threatens and taunts both priests, both physically and verbally (including the demon using the voice of Father Karras’ mother). Father Merrin excuses the younger priest and begins the exorcism, once more on his own. Father Karras returns to find Father Merrin has suffered a fatal heart attack. He attempts to perform CPR to no avail, while Regan giggles. Father Karras strikes her and chokes her, challenging the demon to leave Regan and enter him. The demon does so, whereupon the priest regains enough control and throws himself through Regan’s bedroom window and falls down the steps outside. At the bottom, a devastated Father Joe Dyer (William O’Malley) administers last rites as Father Karras dies. Regan is restored to health and does not appear to remember her ordeal. Chris and Regan leave Georgetown and their trauma behind.    


    The Exorcist is  the spookiest film ever made. It is truly as a masterpiece of cimena. The sequels cannot compare to the original. It’s the best horror film ever made!


    • Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay – William Peter Blatty
    • Academy Award for Best Sound – Robert Knudson, Chris Newman
    • Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
    • Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture – William Friedkin
    • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture – Linda Blair
    • Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay – William Peter Blatty

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