“The Exorcist” horror film belongs to the category of horror movies that do not become funny, naive or archaic over the years. “The Exorcist-1973” is not just a classic of the genre, it is an extremely scary movie that takes the viewer out of their comfort zone and really scares, unlike Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees, who, despite their stated creepy nature and spilled rivers of blood, turned into openly comical characters. “The Exorcist” is not funny at all.
Every movie writer has it in their lists of the best movies of the 1970s and the best horror movies of all time. And it tells us about the following terrible events that the screenwriter and author of the original novel allegedly borrowed from the real story of a certain boy Roland, who was diagnosed with a demonic presence by the Catholic Church.
Three independent storylines develop in parallel, until they converge under the roof of the house of the famous actress Chris McNeil. The artist’s daughter is seriously ill and the best doctors can’t help her. The girl’s condition worsens every day and doctors advise her mother to turn to exorcist priests. One of them has just returned from an archaeological dig in the Middle East, where he came across a terrible find, the second recently lost his mother and is grieving the loss. Holy fathers Merrin and Karras are the last hope of a desperate mother who does not recognize her own daughter, who has turned into a monster.
- The religious technical consultant of the shooting process was the priest John Nicola, author of the treatise “Diabolical possession and exorcism”.The film received a sensational number of awards and nominations for horror, including two Oscars for best adapted screenplay (William Peter Blatty, the author of the original work) and sound, four Golden Globes for best dramatic motion picture of the year, direction (William Friedkin), screenplay and supporting actress (Linda Blair, the girl who walks the bridge on the stairs, turns her neck 360 degrees and says nasty things in a rough male voice).
- The shooting of the horror film took a whole year and took place with great difficulty due to the constant dissatisfaction of the director, who exhausted the wards with his maniacal desire for perfection.In the early seventies, even battered America was not prepared for a nightmarish spectacle of this level, so there were doctors on duty in iflix cinemas and a package was attached to each ticket in case of vomiting.
- Jack Nicholson auditioned for the role of priest Karras, who was already a star by the early 1970s, but after successfully passing the audition, the actor refused to participate in the project. All the other artists for the main roles were a personal choice of Friedkin, who got the cast of his dreams – Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Lee J. Cobb and little Linda Blair, who played the best role in life although she was only 12 years old.
- After the Christmas premiere of 1973, “The Exorcist” immediately took first place in the American box office, displacing Coppola’s “Godfather”.