I know it’s practically a cliche to have The Exorcist on this list, but there’s a good reason why people keep coming back to this movie: it’s scary and it’s really good. I grew up having seen only parts of the movie, but it wasn’t until 2000 when the movie was re-released in cinemas did I have the opportunity to see the whole thing. I remember thinking that 2000 was pretty bleak when it came to horror movies, and I took delight in the fact that it took the re-release of a 27 year old movie to remind everyone how it’s done.
While The Exorcist is a great horror film, it’s the drama that makes it so successful. These feel like real characters, from the “sick” daughter to the concerned mother to the young priest having a crisis of faith to the old priest getting ready for an impossible task, and when these characters intersect, there is real emotion at work. You want the characters to succeed, not because this is about good versus evil, but because you actually give a damn.
There’s nothing I can possibly say here that hasn’t been said about the movie, so I’m going to wrap this one up.
It’s a classic. If you haven’t seen it yet, what’s keeping you?
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