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‘The Exorcist’s Iconic Theme Wasn’t Even Supposed To Be in the Movie

“Something beyond comprehension is happening to a little girl on this street, in this house. A man has been sent for, as a last resort to try and save her.” A deep voice delivers this narration, heard over the theatrical trailer for The Exorcist (1973) right as frightening black-and-white images flash on the screen for […]

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‘The Exorcist’s Alternate Ending Changes the Movie’s Meaning

David Gordon Green’s The Exorcist: Believer didn’t seem to impress theater goers very much. The film made a respectable $26.5 million in its opening weekend, but critic reviews and audience opinion weren’t kind. It’s no surprise. The franchise has a long history of disappointment. 1977’s Exorcist II: The Heretic is regarded as one of the […]

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In 1973, ‘The Exorcist’ Was as Big as Watergate

There was a lot going on at the end of 1973 heading into the new year. The President of the United States Richard Nixon was embroiled in the fallout from the bungled robbery attempt of the Democratic National Headquarters in the Watergate Hotel, and a revolutionary horror classic hit movie screens just a day after […]

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‘The Exorcist’ Ending Explained: Is Regan Freed From Her Possession?

Widely considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973) exploded into the pop culture zeitgeist quickly becoming a nationwide phenomenon, complete with literal fainting during some screenings and lines around the block in frigid weather. It was a movie that everyone needed to have a take on which […]

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The Exorcist: Believer Ending Explained: People Who Need People

This post contains major spoilers for “The Exorcist: Believer.”William Friedkin, the immortal director of the original 1973 “The Exorcist,” who passed away earlier this year, was fond of saying that his film of William Peter Blatty’s novel was all about the “mystery of faith.” Faith, especially the religious kind, is a continually hot topic given humanity’s ever-increasing body […]

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The Scariest ‘Exorcist’ Scene Isn’t the Head Spin

The 180-degree head twist, the projectile vomiting, the bed shaking, the cross — few movies can claim as many permanently traumatizing moments as director William Friedkin’s horror masterpiece The Exorcist. The audiences of Christmas 1973 could never have been prepared for such an explicit, grisly, and unforgiving rampage of the senses mercilessly executed with harrowing […]

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What Critics And Fans Are Saying About The Exorcist: Believer

50 years ago, “The Exorcist” changed horror as we know it. Director William Friedkin’s 1973 film was far from the first great entry in the genre, but it brought an almost documentary-like sense of realism to its story of a young girl who catches a really bad case of demonic possession. The outcome was one […]

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The Behind-the-Scenes Drama of the Demon’s Voice in ‘The Exorcist’

With the recent passing of the great William Friedkin and the release of The Exorcist: Believer, ’tis the season once again to revel in what an unholy miracle The Exorcist is. Still one of the scariest films ever made that hasn’t aged a day, it’s a masterpiece of atmosphere, weaving bone-crunching technique with sophisticated domestic […]

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