The movie, The Exorcist, is a story about a demoniacally possessed girl saved by two Catholic priests as they eventually sacrifice their lives in the exorcism rituals.
Movie Review of "The Exorcist(1973)"
Well, the movie, The Exorcist, is probably the most intense horror movie I’ve ever seen. Fitted with some extremely graphic scenes, this movie takes you into the dark world of demoniacal possessions and exorcism. Starring Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burnstyn), who plays the mother of a 12-year old Regan MacNeil( Linda Blair), this movie takes course against an Iraqian backdrop where a Catholic priest and an archaeologist, Lankestor Merrin, finds himself surrounded by some evil powers and observes some unpleasant and unfortunate events. What’s most fascinating is— just when the movie is about to take a stroll into Chris’s life— that classic scene when he faces up with the devil statue again, something similar to what he got in an archaeological dig, possibly exposing or signaling the rise of the evil powers.
The next scene depicts the life of the visiting actress Chris MacNeil who has a successful career and a loving daughter, the only one in her family. The first few minutes depict the affluence in their lives. Running in parallel is another story of a psychiatrist and a priest, Damien Karras, who tries to persuade her mom to move in with him to his place. His mom is in total denial as she doesn’t wasn’t to leave the place, but unfortunately, he has to shift her to a nearby mental hospital, so he could take care of her while working. Regan is scared and complains her mom that her bed was jumping up and down last night and she couldn’t help it.
Later, Chris observes some significant and dramatic changes in her, so she takes her to a psychiatrist who finds her exceptionally verbose and ranting back at him. The treatment continues and she takes her to a number of doctors before she finally gives up. Still one day, in a doctors’ meeting, when she bursts out at the doctors, one of them suggests her to go see an exorcist as it might be a psychosomatic problem.
It is at this point the movie sees an overwhelming rush of scenes as Chris now goes all out to find an exorcist to perform a ritual that she now believed could only save her daughter, not that she has choices.
The last 30 minutes build up the supposed rush and the thrill in the movie as the young priest Karras teams up with Father Lankestor Merrin to start the exorcism rituals to cure the possessed girl. Her situation seems helpless, as the devil begins to grow inside her and things get a bit difficult to handle. Father Merrin advises the young priest to have a control over his emotions as the devil will test them during the proceedings. Midway between the proceedings, the devil does pretends to be his mother and complains of the derision that she suffered from him, but somehow the Father convinces him to leave the room when he seems emotionally stunted.
Alone in the room with the possessed girl and amidst the vulgar and sadistic ranting of the possessed girl, the scene goes back to Chris and Karras totally clueless about what’s going to happen next. Everything seems quite now; the girl giggles seated around the corner of the bed as the young priest finds the Father dead on the floor. He tries to revive him but fails. Disturbed and dawned by a sudden sense of helplessness, he catches hold of the girl and asks the devil to take him instead of the girl. There is a lot of ruffle and shuffle and the loud and fearsome rants, and there goes priest out of the window, out of the room, to meet his immediate death. The girl survives in the end, which is quite a relief, especially after so many deaths. At least the girl sees through. This is one movie I still enjoy watching.