The Exorcist (1973)
`The Exorcist` (1973) is a spine chilling horror story about devil possession and the subsequent exorcism of the demonic spirits from a young, innocent girl (of a divorced family). One of the biggest succes in film history, the movie was based on author William Peter Blatty`s 1971 best-selling theological-horror novel of the same name. The film also featured the terrific acting debut of 12-year old actress Linda Blair, who played the possessed girl. Unfortunately Linda Blair`s career did not flourish after `The Exorcist`. She starred in a string of low-grade TV movies and in 1990 starred in a mediocre spoof of `The Exorcist-Repossessed`.
Did you know
Out of the ten Oscar nominations, `The Exorcist` won just two for best screenplay and sound!
`The Exorcist` is banned in Finland even now! It was banned in UK also.
The dummy used for the scenes where Linda`s head spins round, was tested by putting it in the front seat of a taxi and driving round New York to see what reaction they got from passers by!
Director: William Friedkin
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair