The Exorcist (1973) IMDb

Commentary

An accurate representation of puberty.

References here: Mother Joan of the Angels (1961), Night of the Living Dead (1968), [Rec] (2007).

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Sequel:

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2016.

Commentary

Schlock. The exoticizing portrayal of Africa, with its terrible special effects, takes a sharp secular turn for the better.

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Sequel:

The Exorcist III (1990) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2016.

Commentary

In Blatty’s own hands the story is clearly at its most polished, and the special effects are a massive improvement over the previous sequel, but the emotional punch suffers. Given the absurdity of Christian belief, taking the premisses seriously has its drawbacks, and pinning it all on a serial killer puts the whole thing rather too close to a mundane mystery with a cartoon supervillain. On the other hand, placing Dourif so near the center can never be a bad thing.

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