The Exorcist

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The Exorcist is a Warner Brothers film that was released in 1973 and directed by William Friedkin. It was produced and written by William Peter Blatty. The movie, rated R, was nominated for Best Cinematography, but won Best Picture, and Best Director. The movie also won Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, and much more.

If The Exorcist was released today, it would still be scary, but not that big of a deal because many other horror films contain those vulgar and terrifying graphics. However, this came out in the early 1970s when this type of content was rarely shown. Also, considering the fact that the special effects were not as strong back then as they are today, Friedkin’s movie was outstanding. There are many horror movies that became big hits, but The Exorcist will always be one of the greatest.


Senior Seminar paper by Julia Baumgart. CE301B, Professor Mark Edwards, Communication & Media Studies Department, College of Arts & Sciences, Sacred Heart University, May 2, 2013.