Highlights

The possession of anyone sounds scary. Make that person a child and put it in a modern day context and it's downright petrifying.

  • The film earned 10 Academy Award nominations, winning 2
  • Named the scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly in 1999
  • Available for streaming on Amazon
Details

This film is loosely based on an actual exorcism that took place in 1949. But it's a hell of a lot scarier than that. You cannot watch this movie on your own, especially if you need to sleep. It was the first horror film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and that should tell you something since there was a rush of horror films released before there was even sound. Even if demonic children aren't your thing, this is a movie you need to watch. Simple.

What Reviewers Say:

  • The Exorcist has scared the living-bajeepers out of my entire family for as long as I have known. After first seeing it when I was much younger, I remember that I didn't get a good night's rest for atleast two weeks. When I told my father that I was going to see the re-release of it in the theater on Halloween night, my dad warned me and said, "Don't forget. People have fainted, thrown up and gone crazy when seeing it on big screen."
  • Best paranormal/demonic/possessed movie of all time. It would be more than awesome if someone did a modern day remake
  • I streamed the original theatrical version instead of the extended director's cut. Still a fine, ultimately faith-affirming film, but the original does not occupy the same exalted spot in my esteem as the longer cut. If 4.5 stars had been available to me to rate this version, I would have rated it that; for me, the director's cut rates five big stars. If you have the nerves for it, I think it's an outstanding film either way.
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