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The Exorcist (DVD)
Member Name: JasminRose
The Exorcist (DVD)
Date: 10/08/01, updated on 12/08/01 (200 review reads)
Advantages: scary, scary, scary
Disadvantages: see below
William Peter Blatty’s
Directed by William Friedkin
I was very surprised when my sister bought this film on DVD. My mother’s face was a picture “I’m not watching that, that’s a scary film, oh I don’t like that much!” It was a very funny moment. Now I watch a lot of teenage horrors like Scream, I know what you did last summer and Urban Legend. They all involve a bunch of teens being stalked by a man in a costume with a knife/hook or some other sharp implement! These are the horror films I always watch, as at times these films are hilarious! As quoted in Scream by Sydney (Neve Cambell) ‘There’s always a girl with big boobs running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door’ – This quote is so true!
This is when I ask myself…What happened to the good old fashioned horrors like The Omen or The Exorcist, where people were supposed to be really scared an shocked!? Then I thought, ‘ I haven’t seen The Exorcist’ so I went ahead and watched it. And now I can never watch it at night!
Here’s the plot….that everyone probably knows by now but here we go!
In this world there is a belief in evil and that evil can be cast out. From these two strands of faith, William Peter Blatty (author…yes it is a book!) and director William Friedkin wove out ‘The Exorcist’. This film is a frightening and fairly realistic story of and innocent girl inhabited by a malevolent entity. Academy award winner Friedkin, who introduces the film right before it starts and supervised the new video transfer (video to DVD) from restored picture and audio elements, gets effective performances from Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow and Lee J.Cobb The Exorcist remains, 25 years later, one of
the most shocki
ng and gripping movies in the history of mankind!
The film is shocking; I was hiding behind my pillow the first time I saw it! This film really does show the fight between good and evil. Some of the scenes are very shocking and are very very scary! I just couldn’t believe that someone would put this in a film and then let people watch it. My mouth just lay open for ages as I was in sheer shock. There are different opinions on The Exorcist, there are the people who say ‘Its shocking, scary…ahhhh’ and then are the boasters who go ‘That was so crap, not scary at all man, I’m cool’ (well, something like that!) But this film really is scary. What makes it scary is the moral behind it and the girl’s voice and appearance when she becomes possessed! Her face stuck in my head for weeks, it is truly gross!
The acting in this film is brilliant. Linda Blair who plays Raygen (the young girl who is possessed) is brilliant. She was around 13 when she filmed this, and she must have got a shock from it because I certainly would of if I had to act the part she had to. She starts off as an innocent, happy and really sweet child. She is completely normal. Then she finds a Ouijia Board and starts playing with it. The board actually works and the person she says she has met is called ‘Captain Howdy’. The demon possesses her and she goes crazy! The demon claims that he is the devil, but this is really a hoax as he isint. He is just an evil presence in a very good household. The way Linda Blair acts this part is amazing. She really must have had to put a lot of effort into playing the part. A scene includes acting stabbing a crucifix up her vagina, with blood splattered everywhere. Her acting is just brilliant. This was the first thing I said after the film had finished….when I finally recovered from behind my pillow. OK I admit it, I was wetting myself!
actor in this film involves Ellen Burstyn who plays the mother of Raygen. Her facial expressions are really brilliant. As she has to walk in on her demon-daughter moving everything around the room without touching it, and then her daughter tries to harm her very seriously, possibly kill her. This is why her facial expressions are so good. She has to respond to all these things that her daughter (Blair) is doing. To tell you straight, you need to be a good actor to be in this film!
The make up in this film is out of this world. The crew had to create a demon with greeny skin, cuts and bruises all over the face and very very cracked white/purple lips. They make the beautiful Linda Blair look like a very scary and ugly ogre really. Also the teeth were made yellow and stale, and completely awful. I don’t know how they created the face of the demon, but it was incredibly realistic. Just stunning (not the demon) but the way they used the make up was stunning.
The music in this film is very classy and very basic, but it’s extremely good. Its called TUBULAR BELLS. Which is what it is a mixture of bell sounds going really fast. I actually really liked the music and could listen to it over and over again. They didn’t use a lot of music, and the music was instrumental. The fascinating thing is that when the scary bits come up they don’t use the music. They just enhance the sounds of her voice and objects being thrown around. That is what I found interesting.
DVD features –
It’s a double-sided DVD, on one side is the film, and on the other is the interactive menus.
This is like a chapter page in a book. There are 47 scenes in this film. That’s a lot more than most films really. The average out of what I have seen as about 30 scenes. They are each individually named which means you can skip to any scene that you want to watch! Which
is ideal because you know which bits are scary and skip them….the scariest being when she is exorcised…god that’s an awful bit.
THE FEAR OF GOD DOCUMENTARY:
This tells you all about the beliefs of evil and how it connects the film. This is an interesting watch as when you watch the film you see how it connects.
Nobody expected it
Exorcist 2: The Herectic (I have seen this too, it’s very boring!)
Interview with the Vampire
I have just found out that not all these films were directed by Freidkin, so I have no idea what they are doing on here! But I will find out!. Interview with the Vampire – a good watch…and one I’ve informed you about above!
6 TV SPOTS
You too can see The Exorcist
Between Science and Superstition
The Movie you’ve been waiting for
Nobody expected It
Life had been too good
These are all short little documentary’s on what has been said about the film that have been shown on TV, around the era of when it was first released. They are really good to watch and give you and idea of what people’s first reactions were to the film.
THE ORIGINAL ENDING
Need I say more…you need to see it yourself really, go on! You know you want too….but remember a pillow! : )
SEPARATE COMMENTRYS BY FRIEDKIN AND BATTY, SKETCHES AND STORY BOARDS
This is the best part to watch! Its full of interesting facts and features and you get to know what the author and director thought of the film they produced. I loved the sketches and story boards…it was like looking at a scary cartoon!
Language in Dolby Digital
Subtitles : English/arabic/romanian/bulgarian/english for the hearing impaired
If you haven’
t seen this film already make sure you give it a watch, the best time to watch it first time is at night when its all dark and scary! But watch it with someone and get them to stay over, as you will be quite scared and shocked. I will tell you this for the last time…remember you pillow!