William Friedkin’s Biggest Influenced On The Exorcist Was An Obscure ’50s Danish Drama Film

Few movies have the diabolical aura of “The Exorcist,” and much of its reputation comes from its sensational and controversial release almost 50 years ago.

William Friedkin’s film had people queuing in the streets to see what all the fuss was about, as tales of moviegoers vomiting or passing out in theaters only served to emphasize its devilish allure.

Critic Andrew Sarris of The Village Voice even went so far as to call it “a thoroughly evil film.” Then there were the predictable rumors of an on-set curse and the subsequent ban in the UK, all of which added to its stature as one of the most frightening mainstream horrors ever made.Despite its whiff of sulfur, I never saw the film as anything remotely evil.

I approached it with caution at first but I consider it a good film in the purest sense of the word.

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