A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.
A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.Written by
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Three sitcom stars were up for the role of Regan: Anissa Jones (AKA Buffy on Family Affair); Dana Plato (Kimberly on Diffrent Strokes); and Eve Plumb (Jan on the Brady Bunch). Ironically, two of these actresses, Anyssa Jones and Dana Plato, would die at a very young age of drug addiction. See more »
When Karras listens to the recording of possessed Regan backwards, the questions the priest asks her are heard speaking forward. The questions should be heard backwards.
Correction: We don't hear Karras at all when he's listening to the tapes. We only hear Regan speaking backwards at first, and then forwards after the linguist explains she is speaking plain English in reverse. We don't hear Karras' voice at all in that sequence, only Regan's. See more »
They've found something... small pieces.
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There are no opening credits after the title. Although it is commonplace now, it was unheard of in 1973. See more »
The Special Edition DVD also includes a 75-minutes documentary titled "The Fear of God" on the making of the Exorcist. The documentary includes screen tests and additional deleted scenes, including:
Chris MacNeil and Regan going sight-seeing in Washington;
after Chris hears about Burke's death, Regan crawls down the stairs upside down on her arms and legs like a spider and then chases Chris and Sharon around the room;
Karras and Merrin sit on the stairs during a pause of the exorcism and exchange some words about what's happening to the girl.
I recently revisited this film on Blu-ray after some 45 years. It still rates as one of my favourite horror films, one of my top ten films and a masterpiece of film making. Beautiful photography, great locations, sets, special effects and acting.
It still stands up as a great film today
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