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The Exorcist

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow
Director: William Friedkin
Genre: Horror
Year: 1973
Rating: 5 / 5

Twenty-five years after its initial release in theatres, The Exorcist is still a horror classic by which all others are judged. Despite movements today towards a more "intelligent" thriller that keeps the audience guessing (see Scream, etc.), no movie since then has been able to capture The Exorcist's edge-of-your-seat tension. It dazzles old and new audiences to this day, and will always stand on top of any horror movie list.

The Exorcist follows an acting mother, Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), into the neighborhood of Georgetown, a wealthy suburb of Washington, DC, as she is on her latest movie shoot on the campus of Georgetown University. Her 12 year old daughter Regan (Linda Blair) travels with her divorced mother, riding the wave of fame and up-scale parties. Yet one evening, at one of her mother's social events, Regan begins to show signs that something is amiss, exhibiting outward signs of abnormal behavior. Vomitting, violent convulsions, and logic-defying actions show Regan's mother that something needs to be done.

Chris MacNeil takes Regan to seek medical help, yet the psychiatric community is at a loss, trying everything possible until they suggest the one option that has not been tried: an exorcism. Where modern science fails (and in The Exorcist, modern science most definitely does!), religion is called upon to be the answer. Enter Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller), locked in a struggle for his faith, to try and eleviate Ms. MacNeil's concerns.

What ensues are some of the most intense, thrill-packed scenes one can hope to witness on the big screen. The movie features some incredible scenes involving Regan, leading Karras and the psychiatric and religious communities to ponder the possibilities of possession. As the tension mounts and mysterious deaths begin to accumulate, it is up to Father Karras, with the help of the aging Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow), to fight the powers of evil for Regan's soul. Watch this movie, but do not watch it alone if it is your first time. The Power of Christ compels you.

Ellen Burstyn..........Chris MacNeil
Max Von Sydow..........Father Merrin
Jason Miller..........Father Damien Karras
Linda Blair..........Regan MacNeil
Lee J. Cobb..........Lt. William Kinderman

Certification: Rated R for violence and language.
Running Time: 122 minutes.

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