Exorcist, The (1973) History of Horror

Mike Matei / October 16th, 2007


  • April 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    My dad loves that movie and when I was old enough, we got a chance to see it together. I first saw it from watching the 2000 restored version featuring the awesome spiderwalk scene.

    • karel1

      June 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Me too! the Spider Scene was the creepiest scene (as far as I’m concerned) in the whole movie!

      • Weldin Dunn

        October 11, 2014 at 9:10 pm

        Whenever I see it i think of the simpsons treehouse of horror.

  • collinbollin

    April 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    i’m just watching this review and i’m pretty fucking scared

  • April 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I don’t belive in the devil because I’m an atheist.

    • Weldin Dunn

      October 11, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Your point is?

      • Toystory2wasok4

        May 31, 2016 at 9:25 pm

        He’s probably a vegan, too.

  • magnemoe

    April 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    In my personal experience itโ€™s the scariest movie in the world and itโ€™s impossible to top today.
    Setting, 6-8 teens seeing it in the night, one was looking for more vine in the basement and decided it would be fun to cut the main power to the house: one second after the vomit scene.

    Absolute perfect but still random timing, and even better the video just continued then the power came back on some seconds later. With a dvd/ blueray/ harddrive you had to find the scene to continue probably breaking the mood.

  • Shikster

    April 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    They filmed the cold scene….in a freeezer!! That musta sucked.

  • Dr.That1guy

    May 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    This is one of the few films that actully scared me. I dont ever watch horror movies to be scared, I watch them for entertainment, but this movie scared my balls off! I was 14 when I watched it (last year). I heard it was the “Scariest movie ever made” and I thought that people were overrating it, so finally I watched it in 10 parts on Youtube. My sister and Mom were at work at 10 o’clock at night, so I was the only one home. When I got finished watching it, I realized they were’nt kidding when they said it was the scariest movie ever made. Me being the only one at home and watching it really made it a lot scarier too. So anyway, It IS the scariest movie ever made, and it will always will be.

    • OMA

      October 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      It’s just a shame you had to watch it with no less than 9 breaks in between. That must have spoiled the mood a little.

  • Solitary

    June 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I remember watching this for the first time in 2000 when I was 12 in a cinema all by myself. Never before(maybe when I was much much younger) and never again I felt that great cold chill on my back when I was walking from that cinema. It is a masterpiece. The power of Christ compels you!

  • Murtada

    June 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm


  • June 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    When I saw this for the frist time I didnt know what to expet, until I saw that face I was Fuckin scared!!!! just one look at her can make you have nightmares.

  • Sinima

    July 11, 2010 at 4:02 am

    the fact it was based on a true story makes it the scariest film ever made even though it has a lot of hollywood affects in it. she probably didnt spin her fucking head or float but was possesd and im not sure if its true but the real story it was a boy

  • July 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    actually go watch the findthecomputerroom commentary on youtube or the dvd commentary or the later films and you find out its not the devil its a demon called the zoozoo i think i dont remember the name but its that statue you see in the desert

  • Dr. Robzo

    August 10, 2010 at 4:31 am

    This is the only movie that my mom said caused an arguement between her and my dad. When I first saw it, I was watching it at a friend’s house and already feeling kinda sick, when the scene happened at the hospital where she’s having all those tests done to her, for some reason the part where her blood is going into the syrindge is what caused me to finally throw up. I also remember showing the movie to a friend and the movie freaked him out so much that I had to walk him down the hall just so he could use the bathroom, it was pretty fucking hilarious!

  • Pogiforce

    August 12, 2010 at 12:07 am

    @slimshady – Technically being an atheist just means you don’t believe in a god or gods, that doesn’t mean you don’t believe in devils or demons or other supernatural entities. For that matter just because you disbelieve something doesn’t mean it isn’t true, or you’re immune to it. People used to believe the earth was flat and the center of the universe, but we both know that’s not true.

    • OMA

      October 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Well, an atheist usually doesn’t believe in any supernatural entity, not just God, though there are of course exceptions.

      Anyway, if God happens to actually exist, I guess he/she/it wouldn’t be so ruthless as to condemn all atheists and believers of the “wrong” religions for an eternity of suffering just for not believing ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Just imagine: After trillions of years of suffering they wouldn’t even remember what they’d be punished for, and yet they’d still continue being punished for another bazillion years, for all infinity :-). That doesn’t make sense…

  • venom 51007

    August 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    now theres 4 of them its called the last exorcism coming out soon to theaters just like pirahna i’m not sure if its a remake but i can’t wait for that one to come out. i think i might see this film even though i’m not a hardcore fan i’ll try to find these films at my local vid store cause thats how i found friday the 13th part VII new blood i was going to get part 3 but part VII is my fav out of the whole series do these films come in a trilogy pack and if there is how much does it cost cause i would like to know seriously do they come in a trilogy pack where can i find these someone help me.

  • WatchmenFTW

    September 3, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I think if I did a Top 10 Scariest Villains list, then Reagan would be number 1, she’s so god damn scary!
    Also, I’m getting annoyed that most horror films nowadays have the villain as a wierd demon-possessed girl or something, here’s a list of films with girls as monsters.

    The Exorcist (and all the sequels)
    The Ring
    The Ring 2
    The Grudge (and all the sequels)
    The Last Exorcism
    The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

    See what I’m getting at?

  • venom 51007

    September 3, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I don’t like the grudge but over the years i’ve been able to except it but so far the one i hate the most is grudge 3 the first time i saw grudge was when i was 11 and it was on syfy (originally it was sci-fi but they changed it to syfy.) and it didn’t even scare me but when i saw grudge 2 i had mixed opinions about it whether i liked it or not and truth is i liked it it was a good sequel but grudge 3 i hated it, and when i saw it i thought why are they making a third one grudge 1 and 2 were good but why a third one now it should’ve ended after 2.

  • joshseb05

    September 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    So James, are you heading to the theater on September 30th to see this?! Ive seen the film twice and it scared the shit out of me so I’m excited to see it on the big screen!

  • icehead

    September 12, 2010 at 4:16 am

    I really don’t understand why people find The Exorcist so scary. I’m not trying to be a jackass here; I watched it and I really tried to find it scary, but I just couldn’t. The Grudge scared the shit out of me. Paranormal Activity freaked me the fuck out. The Exorcist? I just don’t see it.

  • venom 51007

    September 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Dude are u scared of all the grudge movies or just one of them cause I really hated GRUDGE 3.

  • Kaizersozak84

    September 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    This movie is propper scary! I watched this on video in my old flat with my wife and i was shit scared. A legend of a film, hard to top in my opinion.

    I’ve gotta add that the cover of the video/dvd is fantastic. It’s an amazing shot and so chilling. Love it!

  • Wanderingpuppy

    September 19, 2010 at 4:09 am

    This movie still scares the hell out of me. I don’t believe in the devil but just the idea of possession terrifies me! If this isn’t the scariest movie ever please tell me what is lol.

  • venom 51007

    September 19, 2010 at 10:10 am

    The scariest movie is probably autopsy that is just disgusting and horrifying at the same time made me stop eating my popcorn and thats the third movie that I couldn’t eat through besides DEAD ALIVE or BRAIN DEAD I don’t know it has two alternate titles.

  • planeswalker321

    September 24, 2010 at 11:42 am

    “Crossing the line.” I love black humor puns.

  • Paulmeister

    September 28, 2010 at 8:24 am

    It’s kinda sad to grow up and realize you don’t get nearly as scared by things as when you were younger. The best time to be seeing scary movies is, I’d say generally, after 8 years and before 22 years old. And I don’t mean anything ‘hardcore’ like this, the first show that terrified me of the dark was in fact, the Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer claymation. if anyone recalls the Abominable Snow Monster from it, that scene where they were in the wilderness and suddenly it peeks up over the mountains sent shivers up my neck. My parents didn’t tolerate shows like He-Man/She-Ra and Transformers, because they were “too violent”. Oh the irony… Jurassic Park also scared the shit out of me, when I saw it in theatres with my friends. And afterwards, their dad was like “it wasn’t that scary”. I just looked at him like he was crazy, at the time, but now, I understand… :/

  • September 28, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Definitely scariest movie of all time.

  • Imgema

    September 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    The atmosphere of this movie is amazing. The hospital scenes alone, before the truly nasty things happen, are terrifying enough. You can really feel her discomfort and pain during all those tests. And after that we get all those supernatural things happening in the old, spooky looking house. And what a bunch of nice scenes! We get a beautiful head spinning scene, a scene where Megan stabs a cross in her vagina and in the director’s cut edition, we get the hair pulling spiderwalk scene.

    This is the most terrifying movie ever made.

  • GialloHorror

    October 4, 2010 at 8:21 am

    This is my 2nd favorite horror film, (behind “Halloween” (1978))

    I saw this back in 1984, when I was 8 years old. it, literally, scared the fucking piss out of me. There aren’t enough good things to say about. It is the scariest film I’ve ever seen, to this day.

    I’m guessing the scene you didn’t show, was the crucifix scene.


  • October 6, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I think this movie is the scarest!

  • venom 51007

    October 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Guys if u like this film so bad go buy it on blu-ray its right now go buy it for james’s sake!!!!!

  • comicbookfan97

    October 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    when i first saw this movie i two nightmares of me being inside the same house as the girl with her not being strapped to the bed, im never going to watch the exorcist again

  • blaze643

    October 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I watched this movie, and I havve to admit…. It’s one of the BEST horror’s I’ve seen to date.
    Unfortunatly, I wasn’t too scared from it, probably because it seems a bit out-dated for me. Also, yes, I’m a newer generation, I’m 12. So now that I got that out of the way…
    The effects were amazing, if I was watching that movie during that time period, I think I’d be scarred. Linda Blair’s make up was truly amazing but I don’t see where it gets really graphic…? Except for the scene where she’s masturbating with the cross, that, I can live without.
    Well, that’s my view on it.

  • KonamiRulez

    January 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I got to say this movie was FANTASTIC. I’m a teenager and i got to say it didn’t scare the shit out of me. the only way it can be scary is if you start watching horror movies. but the exorcist II: the heretic in one word SHITTY. anyways good review

  • ikilledkenny

    March 4, 2011 at 7:48 am

    just saw the movie and i didnt think it was scary it was still a really good movie but am 12 and this movie scres peopl in there 40 s i like the bit at the end where the preist gets the demon into himself and gets throhn out the window

  • July 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    To this day i have not managed to watch through the whole movie. Way too scary for me and I am not even religious.

  • August 17, 2011 at 3:49 am

    FTR, it was Pazuzu =)

  • penpan

    August 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I saw this when I turned 19 and I couldn’t stare into the girl’s eyes for very long. Now that is scary!

  • ravinspawn

    September 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    this tail of demonic forums, gastly deaths & damnastion of the soul is also fucking METAL!

  • Goremarr

    September 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Unfortunately, I’ve neglected your Monster Madness series up until now. Just wanted to say that this video on “The Exorcist” is right on the money. The face of the devil that flashes across the screen for fractions of a second several times during the film pops into my dreams to this day and it snaps me awake every single time.

  • Kaandorpius

    October 12, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    If you havent seen his movie, you havent lived,.. go watch it, or go kill yourself straight away.

    To me its not the scariest movie ever made, but the intensity of the atmosphere thats build up during the film is something on its own. I cant think of any other film that draws you in with this kind of horror and suspense, truly unforgettable.

  • November 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I rented this movie when I was 12, watched half of it, rewound it, took it back to the video store, didn’t sleep for two weeks, rented it again, watched the second half of it, and didn’t sleep for a month.

  • Corleone74

    February 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Not the scariest movie ever made? Than what is?

    • Erwinator

      February 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Depends on the person who watches the horrormovies. I don’t have a scariest horrormovie , because I’m used to it , but I can remember that the Grudge was very scary for me(was one of my first horrors) . But now , unfortunately I think that the movie is quite funny. ๐Ÿ˜› Also the Fly , the ring and Poltergeist.

  • HorazStCruz

    March 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Remembering the first bit i could grasp on The Exorcist back then (i never would have had the chance to watch it with my parents’ consent) reminds me of the first time through the whole Silent Hill (PSX): Horrifying as hell itself.

  • jacko wacko

    July 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Who would win in a fight:Pazuzu vs Satan

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    July 30, 2012 at 7:29 am

    In Italy they were many scenes cutted at the time, but not graphic ones, ones like the opening. Here the first thing you see is the house family party, like WTF why she pee’s right over the beginning?
    It took like until 2001 for the extended version, yes that’s the way they call it, to come out.
    I get now why you didn’t reviewed The Thing by Carpenter, but to let you know, now even youtube can have nude womens and scenes from gruesome film.
    Yeah, it’s the new argument about “youtube got self-aware” you might have heard of.

  • Bloodmoon88

    October 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I am an atheist and this movie still scared the shit out of me.

  • jason fleischhacker

    June 14, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Dude you said this may not be the scariest movie ever? If it isnt what movies are? Seriously this movie is just scary on a deep level what other movies are scary like this one? Anyone got any to list?

  • October 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I watched it his summer. It’s powerful and disturbing. I love the detective part about it and bureaucratical side of exorsim. Priest guy’s awesome :-P. Ending’s meh.

  • October 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I read something interesting in a magazine.

    Jane Fonda was approached for the lead role of Chris Macneil.

    Her response was, “Why would any studio want to make this capitalist, ripoff bullshit?”

    Wow, what a dumb bitch.

  • rbctrade

    May 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    nice movie

  • July 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Dear Mr. Nerd I know a movie that is classified as horror and is a must have for one of your reviews: Pleasde do a review on the 1975 horror film Rocky horrors picture show the main star is tim curry


    September 29, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    This movie no bullshit scares the hell outta me. Jus because outta ghosts, unstoppable killers, whatever, it’s one of the things I believe actually exist. Plus the part played by the little innocent girl is so damn creepy and believable. You actually believe this child is possessed! The effects are amazing and jus overall the movie never gets outta this sinister tone and surrounds the film on and off the screen. My sister refuses 2 watch it. I like the characters too. You actually care about em. Especially the complexed priest. Great movie. One of the best of all time.

  • Jack Campone

    February 16, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Not saying this is the scariest movie of all time, but it’s the scariest I’ve seen.

  • mojosam1

    May 8, 2015 at 5:48 am

    this is the only movie that can be called horror in my catalogue,mostly the best horror movies in my opinion are thrillers.james,could you please do a review of “i spit on your grave”?that was awesome.

  • Gage Bair

    August 6, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I didn’t really find it that scary.

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