There are very rare films which uplifts the genre. Horror films generally considered as B grade products & then come a film like ‘The Exorcist’ which turned the tables & proved a point that you can make ‘A’ grade film in the same genre. Director William Friedkin, who gave us 70’s master thriller ‘The French Connection’ directed this classic spooky film of all time.
14 year girl possessed with evil spirit. All things were tried & tested by her actress mother (played by Ellen Burstyn who gave a mind-blowing performance in Aronofsky’s ‘Requiem for a dream’). Doctors, Psychiatrists failed to solve the case & here comes a young priest along with aged exorcist. They were facing no ordinary evil & before they realized it further, the struggle took horrible sacrifices to save the girl.
Director Friedkin’s penchant sense of moving action sequences, fluid camerawork & minute details made it the heart stopping material with timeless repeat value. Even so many years later it still remains an extremely spooky film with nice blending of spine chilling sound & visuals. This is a lesson learning example for all CGI turned spooky directors of the Hollywood who sell some crap zombie films.
Out of 10 academy nominations, the movie won 2 in Best adapted Screenplay & Best Sound.
A Classic Horror of all-time.