The Exorcist

DVD - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Exorcist
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The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother's frantic resolve to save her, and two priests, one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith, joined in battling ultimate evil. The extended director's cut includes over ten minutes of footage deleted before the film's 1973 release.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2010
Edition: Extended director's cut, widescreen version
ISBN: 1419888161
9781419888168
Branch Call Number: DVD Horror EXORCIST
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Exorcist (Motion picture)

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Fairly faithful to the book with a truly terrifying performance by Linda Blair.


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Feb 02, 2015
  • Derringer rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I don't get it. I really don't.

At the very beginning of this film's grotesque and bleak story (at an excavation site in Northern Iraq), a small, ancient effigy representing a devil-like figure is uncovered amongst the ruins.

This discovery somehow unleashes a demon-spirit which then inexplicably transports itself all the way over to the USA where it, for whatever reasons, takes possession of a 13 year-old girl, living in Georgetown.

What I don't get is this - In Iraq the principal religion has always been Islam - So, with that in mind - What the hell good would Catholic priests performing a Christian exorcism do to help rid a girl of a demon that comes from a religion which doesn't even recognize Christianity? Eh? What good would it do?

If nothing else - This decidedly heavy-handed horror story certainly made a total laughing stock out of the Catholic religion. For example - Here we had to contend with the extremely volatile and guilt-ridden character of Father Damian Karras (a real boozer) who was the chosen one, supposedly best suited to perform the exorcism ritual which was intended to de-demonize Regan.

Personally, I cannot see why so much fuss has been made about this particular fright flick over these many years. Now 40 years old, The Exorcist has definitely lost a significant amount of its initial clout. In fact, I'd say that it was pretty laughable, in the long run. Especially that whole nonsensical business of Regan being able to completely spin her head around without tearing her skin or snapping her spinal cord.... (Spare me!)

Feb 02, 2015
  • krystalamanda16 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It scared the shit outta me when she crawled down the stairs...but otherwise it was really boring

Aug 12, 2014
  • robt1212 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I laughed at it in '74 and still laugh at it. Well made movie, but superstitious nonsense all around. The Omen series is more interesting. The Exorcist sequel with Richard Burton is an absolute scream. It is an unintentional hilarious comedy.

Aug 01, 2014

Laughed at this in '74, and I laugh at it now. Superstitious nonsense. Still, an entertaining movie. Good for a bit of amusement.

Apr 25, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Yes, it's dated. If you are in the younger generation and expecting grand special effects or copious amount of blood and gore you will not like this. However if you watch it in the spirit (no pun intended) in which it was made, it may just scare the hell out of you. (ok, this time, pun intended)
Oh, and for anyone who feels the movie is "anti-god" it's actually quite the opposite. One of the most "pro-god" movies ever made. At times you are CHEERING for god to win!

Dec 28, 2013

why don't they have the regular version? not the extended one, but the original, theatrical one.

Sep 18, 2013
  • RainbowRabbit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I saw this in 1974 when asked by a girlfriend to see it with her. She had been so scared the first time that she saw it, she had left and then needed to return to see it through. She wanted me to go with her for support. Scary movies were not my thing, but I went with her and thought it quite a good movie. In 1995, I bought it on DVD and saw it again, and again, and again. I found it deeply moving, not so much for Reagan and the satanic spirit, but for the relationship between the older priest and the younger priest. The older priest had lived a full life and knew of things that could not be taught. The younger priest possessed no faith, and thought the whole exercise unbelieveable. During the course of the movie, the younger priest experiences a transformation. This spiritual transformation is the real subject of the movie. If a myth is a fictional story which reveals a deeper truth, then this is a very powerful myth about spiritual transformation, regardless whether you believe in satan, exorcisms, religion or whatever. The accompanying commentary must be heard to fully appreciate the depth of this film. Personally, this is an all-time top ten movie.

Sep 18, 2013
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

i saw this and the devil made me gouge my eyes out. do not watch this evil thing!

May 13, 2013
  • achung0129 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

this movie is scary!!but good!

Apr 09, 2013

As the old saying goes, Father Damien beat the Devil out of Regan!!

How quaint. The way it turned out, he was the Exorcist. Not Father Merrin. It was he that drove the devil (actually it was a the demon named Pazuzu) out of Regan. Not with the exorcism ritual, but with a good old fashion beating. Parents should let that be a lesson to them.

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May 10, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Chris: How do you go about getting an exorcism?
Karras: I beg your pardon? Well, the first thing - I'd have to get into a time machine and get back to the 16th century...Well, it just doesn't happen any more, Mrs. MacNeil...since we learned about mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia...Since the day I joined the Jesuits, I've never met one priest who has performed an exorcism. Not one.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Father Damien Karras: "Why her? Why this girl?" Father Merrin: "I think the point is to make us despair. To see ourselves as... animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Demon: "Give us time... Let the girl die... I am no one... I am no one... Fear the priest... Fear the priest... Merrin... Merrin..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Father Damien Karras: (praying over Merrin's body) "Ego te absolvo in nomine Patris, et Filiii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen."

Oct 11, 2011
  • میکائیل rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"If movies are, among other things, opportunities for escapism, then "The Exorcist" is one of the most powerful ever made. Our objections, our questions, occur in an intellectual context after the movie has ended. During the movie there are no reservations, but only experiences. We feel shock, horror, nausea, fear, and some small measure of dogged hope. Rarely do movies affect us so deeply." -Roger Ebert, Dec. 26, 1973

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Demon: Your mother's in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Demon: I'm not Regan.
Father Damien Karras: Well, then let's introduce ourselves. I'm Damien Karras.
Demon: And I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps.
Father Damien Karras: If you're the Devil, why not make the straps disappear?
Demon: That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
Father Damien Karras: You would like that?
Demon: Intensely.
Father Damien Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?
Demon: It would bring us together.
Father Damien Karras: You and Regan?
Demon: You and us.

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Jan 22, 2013
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Dec 17, 2012
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Aug 07, 2012

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Apr 03, 2011
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Mar 27, 2011
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Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When a teenager is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Oct 14, 2009

The 11-year-old daughter of a movie actress is possessed by an ancient demon.

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Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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