Saturday, October 04, 2008
The Exorcist is William Peter Blatty's 1973 screen adaptation of his 1971 novel of the same name, the novel was based on actual events in 1949 St. Louis (read here for details); http://www.prairieghosts.com/exorcist.html.
WPB combines three different scenarios into one plot. Chris MacNeil, (Ellen Burstyn) 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, Reagan, (Linda Blair).
Meanwhile, a young priest, Father Karras, (Jason Miller), at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness.
And, elderly priest Father Merrin, (Max von Sydow) recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old enemy, the demon Pazuzu.
Director, William Friedkin, (The French Connection, 12 Angry Men, To Live and Die in LA), quickly establishes the existence of the evil that is to come, and unfolds the story of possession in pieces that are unfortunately easy to digest. playing upon the characters feelings of guilt and helplessness to draw the audience into the spiral.
In the words of Twisted Sister "Stay away from Captain Howdy"