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  The Real Story Behind The Exorcist
The “real story” behind The Exorcist is a long and complicated one, but I’ll give the short version and direct readers to all the gory (and not-so-gory) details for further reading.
The script for The Exorcist was written by William Peter Blatty, adapted from his best-selling 1971 novel of the same name.
Cuneo credits Blatty and The Exorcist with much of the modern-day interest in the topic: “Over the course of the twentieth century the popular cultural industry, with its endless run of movies, books, and digital delights, has gained a pervasive influence over the national consciousness.
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 Part I - The Haunted Boy: the Inspiration for the Exorcist
Blatty prints a censored version of the exorcist’s response, revealing for the first time the existence of a diary kept by an attending priest that recorded the daily events of the ongoing exorcism.
Blatty decided to ease the exorcist’s anxiety and change the lead character from a 14-year-old boy to that of a 12-year-old girl.
Without exception, the old-timers insisted that although their beloved town was given credit for being the home of the Exorcist story, the boy in question never actually lived in Mount Rainier.
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 The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973) is the sensational, shocking horror story about devil possession and the subsequent exorcism of the demonic spirits from a young, innocent girl (of a divorced family).
The Exorcist was notable for being one of the biggest box-office successes (and one of the first 'blockbusters' in film history, predating Jaws (1975)), and surpassed The Godfather (1972) as the biggest money-maker of its time.
The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen (2000) -- In the early fall of 2000, the film was recut and released in a 12-minute longer version (and retitled as The Version You've Never Seen), with an enhanced digital surround-sound, six-track soundtrack - as a writer-producer's cut.
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  The Exorcist : film review
The single greatest horror film of all time, The Exorcist, is back where it belongs: on a movie screen for the two or three generations that have not had the chance to experience all the thrills, chills and drama the proper way (myself included).
You almost feel like you are watching a documentary, which brings a heady degree of realism to a story few would sanely consider the stuff of fact (although, as most of us know, the story was based on an actual exorcism conducted in the late 1940's).
The main characters (with the exception of 12-year old Regan) each have a test of faith brought before them here: with Father Karras, it is whether or not he is cut out to be a priest.
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  CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Exorcist
The practice of exorcism was not confined to clerics in the early ages, as is clear from Tertullian (Apologet., 23, P.L., I, 410; cf.
In the Eastern Church, a specially ordained order of exorcists (or of acolytes, or door-keepers) has never been established but in the Western Church, these three minor orders with that of lectors as a fourth) were instituted shortly before the middle of the third century.
The change is due to the facts that the catechumenate, with which the office of exorcist was chiefly connected, has ceased, that infant baptism has become the rule, and that with the spread of Christianity and the disappearance of paganism, demonic power has been curtailed, and cases of obsession have become much rarer.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/05711a.htm   (886 words)

  
  The Exorcist (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Exorcist is a 1973 film, based on the novel by William Peter Blatty first published in 1971.
The Exorcist is regarded by some critics as being one of the best and most effective horror films; admirers say the film balances a stellar script, gruesome effects, and outstanding performances.
A minor character in The Exorcist, an astronaut named Lt. Cutshaw (he actually wasn't given a name in the first film, though Blatty has stated that they are the same person) is the lead character.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Exorcist_(film)   (5246 words)

  
 The Exorcist & Exorcism
Rome's exorcist, the Rev. Gabriele Amorth, was quoted in the article as saying, "She began screaming incomprehensibly and speaking in a 'cavernous voice.'" The woman, "a 19-year-old with a history of possession," was not affected by the Pope's prayers.
Keene said he remembers being scared by "The Exorcist" when, in his early teens, he saw it on video for the first time, but said while it was "vulgar and disgusting in places...
The Christian evangelist and self-described exorcist from Denver, Colo., said he hasn't seen any spinning heads or spitting of green pea soup as he endeavors to rid tormented souls of what he believes are their demons.
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 DVD Talk Review: The Exorcist - The Complete Anthology
Karras, in turn, summons a veteran exorcist of the Catholic Church, Father Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow), to rid the evil spirit from the child's body.
The Exorcist and The Version You've Never Seen are in one slimcase, with Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist sharing space in a single slimcase.
The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen A William Friedkin commentary is intermittently revealing, but, as with his audio track on the original Exorcist, he tends to state the obvious.
www.dvdtalk.com /reviews/read.php?ID=24722   (2534 words)

  
 The Exorcist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the article about the film released in 1973, please see The Exorcist (film).
The Exorcist is a horror novel written by William Peter Blatty first published in 1971.
Blatty based his novel on a supposedly genuine exorcism from 1949, which was partially performed in both Cottage City, Maryland [1] and Bel-Nor, Missouri.
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 Hollywood Gothique: The Exorcist (1973/2000) - Film Review
Even Blatty, in Exorcist: Novel to Film, admitted that the early omitted scenes were "boring"; his problem with their removal was that they left continuity gaps.
The reason for the removal was supposedly to speed up the pace, but the scene itself remained in the previous cut (minus dialogue), with the priests sitting on the stairs in between bouts of the exorcism ritual.
If you haven’t watched The Exorcist or at least seen stills from the film, you have no idea what the significance is supposed to be, whereas familiar viewers immediately recognize, "That’s the place where it all will happen," while sensing a familiar nostalgic thrill of anticipation.
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 The Exorcist Files
Perhaps the most horrifying feature of "The Exorcist" is its soundtrack: director Friedkin and his experts used the cries of pigs being driven to slaughter to produce the scream of the Demon when it is exorcised from the 12-year old Regan's body.
Father Ryan, who became a minor celebrity after he served as consultant for the movie "The Exorcist," in which he also has a bit part, was described by the university newspaper as "the single most popular administrator on campus." He has also appeared on television and participated in debates on the subject.
The Exorcist has created box-office records and set people talking throughout America, though why this should be so is a matter I would rather leave for discussion with your parish priest or neighbourhood sociologist.
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 The Exorcist
She is of the firm belief her daughter is possessed by a demon and wants an exorcist to drive out the evil soul.
Clearly it was Friedkin’s impulsive temper that made “The Exorcist” the strong traumatic film it is - one that leaves an imprint on every viewer and one that allows people to explore their own fears.
To me, “The Exorcist” is still the scariest film ever made and it never fails to raise the hair on the back of my neck.
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 The Exorcist
Then, in 2000, it was re-released to theaters again in a souped-up version that included an originally cut "spider walk," featuring star Linda Blair going down a set of stairs on her back before dripping blood from her mouth.
Like so many other excellent fear films, "The Exorcist" is about how the break-up of the American family and society's eroding faith in God are making our children vulnerable to great evil.
One of the highest grossing movies of all time, "The Exorcist" was destined to spawn sequels over three decades.
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 Review - The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen (1993)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Rounding out the main cast is the ominous exorcist himself-- Father Merrin (played by Max von Sydow-- Conan the Barbarian, Snow Falling on Cedars), a frail but wise man that has had many experiences with demonic possession before.
One of the things that always stays with me after watching "The Exorcist" is the use of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" as part of the soundtrack; it seems so eerie and compliments the atmosphere of the film perfectly, just as the use of "Mr.
All in all, "The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen" was a brilliantly produced cinema experience that supercedes all recent attempts at claiming the title for scariest movie.
www.cinetalk.org /review_the_exorcist.htm   (1475 words)

  
 DVD Verdict Review - The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen
The Ninth Configuration and The Exorcist III) are intelligent, meditative looks at humanity that transcend their genres and become something other.
If you have seen The Exorcist before, either on video or theatrically, you will be stunned by the clarity and sharpness of this new sound mix.
The Exorcist is a film that demands multiple viewings to capture the experience fully, and this longer cut will create newer questions to be answered.
www.dvdverdict.com /reviews/exorcistvyns.php   (1411 words)

  
 Exorcist - GIF2PNG
The Exorcist is known to work correctly on Windows 95,Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.
The Exorcist is designed to operate as a background task with minimal user intervention.
The Exorcist is guaranteed only to occupy disk space.
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 The Exorcist
It was late at night and I saw that "The Exorcist" was on HBO, so I decided to watch it.
This expanded 75-minute featurette is a new documentary produced by the BBC specifically for the film's 25th anniversary edition, featuring more than 11 minutes of never-before -seen footage.
I decided that Christmas day would be the perfect time since it marked the beginning of the 25th anniversary of the movies' release (it was released on December 26, 1973).
www.houseofhorrors.com /exorcist.htm   (1517 words)

  
 BBC - Films - review - The Exorcist - Director's Cut
Since its first UK release in 1974, the original "Exorcist" has acquired a near legendary status among horror buffs.
This new version throws fuel on the fire with previously un-released sound effects, and the disturbing 'spider-walk' scene in which the possessed Regan crawls, bent backwards on all fours, down a flight of stairs like a spider.
Find out what the writer of "The Exorcist" and its star have to say about the film.
www.bbc.co.uk /films/2000/10/16/the_exorcist_2000_review.shtml   (403 words)

  
 The Exorcist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The film that spawned a thousand outrageous newspaper stories and had the religious community up in arms, The Exorcist, is indisputably THE most famous horror film of all time.
Based on the book by William Peter Blatty and directed by William Freidkin, its a classic horror tale of good vs evil as a couple of priests try to exorcise the evil spirits from a young girl who has developed a bad complexion, spouts profanity and vomits pea soup.
The Exorcist was passed uncut for a UK cinema release in 1973 with an "X" certificate (the old equivalent of an "18" rating), the film was later released on video in the UK in the early 80's, until the introduction of the "Video Recordings Act" in 1984.
www.angelfire.com /darkside/realmofhorror/exorcist1.htm   (1113 words)

  
 Hollywood Unmasked - The Exorcist
As do many of Hollywood's creators, The Exorcist used its creator's experiences as the basis for the story: the Ouija board was used in the movie as the primary means of communicating with the spirit world.
Blatty's contact with the demonic realm empowered his writing of The Exorcist, and as others before him, the script was instantly crystallized in his mind's eye.
He found he had imagined the entire work subconsciously, so that the actual writing of it, not consciously preplanned, was simply the discovery of preexisting territory....His problem as producer in making the film was to convey the kind of supernatural experience he had so frequently experienced in visual and - still more important- aural terms.
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 Movie Info for The Exorcist III on MSN Movies
Ignoring the events of John Boorman's disappointing Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), the film moves ahead 15 years from the end of the original, when Georgetown is being plagued by occult murders bearing signs of the long-dead Gemini Killer, James Venamon (Brad Dourif).
Kinderman slowly comes to accept that the patient is Venamon and enlists an exorcist, Father Morning (Nicol Williamson), to free Karras' soul and stop the murders.
The Exorcist III is heavy on dialogue, but contains some fine performances and some chilling moments, particularly the haunting opening in a Georgetown church.
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 SPLICEDwire | "The Exorcist" review (2000)
The newly remastered print being released this month under the idiotic title of "The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen" is padded with cutting room floor footage and souped up with a digitally enhanced soundtrack and sound effects -- much of which actually distracts from the film's classic scariness.
Once Father Karras has brought in an experienced exorcist (Max von Sydow), whole scenes have the same disturbing timbre, steadily milked for minutes at a time as the two priests cling to their rituals while the girl, tied to her bed, spews pure hate and quakes the room around them.
Because "The Exorcist" holds itself to a higher standard, there are several flaws that might not stand out otherwise, like the fact that Father Karras's crisis of faith goes largely untapped as a plot point.
www.splicedonline.com /00reviews/exorcist.html   (640 words)

  
 The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen (1973)
In the case of The Exorcist, however, I knew what many of the changes consisted of - since some of the material appeared on the 25th anniversary package - and I didn’t think the footage would add to the experience.
The Exorcist isn’t exactly the kind of story that lends itself to vibrant Technicolor wonders, but the hues seemed accurate and solid.
Without question, The Exorcist is one of the greatest films ever made, and it belongs in every DVD collection.
www.dvdmg.com /exorcistnewversion.shtml   (3024 words)

  
 The Exorcist Tribute Zone   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Released on Boxing Day 1973, The Exorcist generated a wave of audience hysteria the likes of which had not been seen since the opening of the 1931 Frankenstein, from which patrons ran screaming, causing cinema managers to lay on smelling salts and ambulance crews for the adversely affected.
Within weeks of the first public screening of the exorcist, reports were flowing in of fainting, vomiting, heart attacks, and at least one mis-carriage.
One oft cited explanation for the traumatizing power of The Exorcist is the use of subliminal visual and aural stimulants, to which Friedkin candidly admitted in 1973, citing director Alain Resnais' documentary Night and Fog as his inspiration.
www.the-exorcist.co.uk /articles/deceptions.htm   (1545 words)

  
 Flipside Movie Emporium: The Exorcist Movie Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Beyond the knee-jerk shocks (which are enough to cause heart conditions), The Exorcist resonates far more deeply than most horror films because serious thought has been given to the theological implications of it all.
One of the most unsettling scenes in the film occurs when a room full of doctors -- the best in the world, we are told -- awkwardly suggest that the problem may defy their vaulted hypotheses.
As the ads promised, this version of the film contains all-new footage that "you've never seen before." Hype aside, this version was supposedly the work of producer/screenwriter William Peter Blatty, who felt that an early cut of the film was stronger than the one which eventually made it to screen.
www.flipsidemovies.com /exorcist.html   (863 words)

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