Friday, October 30, 2009

The Devil Inside.

The next pick is probably one of the most famous scary films ever, topping almost every list ranking the best horror films.  Yet another Oscar winning film on my list, this one, adapted from a 1971 novel, is about a young girl who becomes possessed by a demonic entity, leading her mother to seek the help of two priests to save her.  Sound familiar?  It's The Exorcist (Friedkin, 1973) of course.

The film is masterfully directed by William Friedkin, who had previously been known for The French Connection (1971), and all the actors turn out amazing performances.  With both horrifying and sensational scenes and some nauseating special effects, the film became the second most profitable horror film of all time, second only to Jaws (Spielberg, 1975), and even today it is able to scare the living daylights out of audiences.  Variety described it as "An expert telling of a supernatural horror story" and Roger Ebert called it "one of the most powerful" escapist films ever made.


  1. The Exorcist is #2 on your's #4 on mine. Cool. It's one heck of a movie. I went ahead and posted my Top 10 horror movies of all time today. Check it out.

  2. This is number one on my list. All those years of Catholic school taught me that you need to stay away from the Devil. He's the worst :)

  3. He is indeed. He is indeed. Maybe if I had made it more than 3 years at catholic school this movie would have been number one. But being the rebellious public school kid that I am... it's only #2.