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Horror Top 10 | #6 The Exorcist

horror-the-exorcist-poster1Horror Top 10 | #6 The Exorcist (1973) – “Somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world. The world of darkness.”

One of the most controversial and terrifying films of all time, The Exorcist is a classic for a reason. While the film may be most famous for its obscene shock value, particularly a scene involving an incorrectly used crucifix, its worth is in its political and social commentary. Set in a world at the intersection of religion and science, Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) is an agnostic who turns to the Catholic church and a priest questioning his own faith when modern medicine fails to explain her twelve year old daughter’s bizarre and increasingly disturbing and unexplainable behavior. The film has a slow, but captivating build with a sinister mood throughout, punctuated by horrifying moments that even contemporary audiences find shocking.

Fun Facts about The Exorcist:

Based on a novel by William Peter Blatty, who also wrote the screenplay. Aspects of the novel were inspired by an exorcism performed on a boy from Cottage City, Maryland, in 1949 by the Jesuit priest, Fr. William S. Bowdern, The boy’s Catholic family was convinced the child’s aggressive behavior was attributable to demonic possession, and called upon the services of Father Walter Halloran to perform the rite of exorcism. The director said he made the film with the intention of immortalizing the events that took place in Cottage City, Maryland in 1949, and despite the relatively minor changes that were made, the film depicts everything that could be verified by those involved. It was one of three exorcisms to be sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the U.S. at that time. In order to make the film, the director was allowed access to the diaries of the priests involved, as well as the doctors and nurses; he also discussed the events with the boy’s aunt in great detail. The director doesn’t believe that the “head-spinning” actually occurred, but this has been disputed.

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