Film 71 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1973’s “The Exorcist”. And this is another edition of “Dan is stuck in a shitty hotel with no wifi and doing this review days before posting it online” review (See my last blog “Poltergeist” for more details). All I knew about this film going into it was the iconic shot of the man stood under the lamppost about to enter the house and the line “your mother sucks cocks”. After watching this, I saw far too much that I didn’t really need to see. Seeing the doctors sticking needles in her neck and shooting blood did make me squirm a little along with Reagan stabbing herself in the…. downstairs area with a knife. I didn’t know how to describe it any better. As soon as I saw that, I instantly thought that this film was about to turn into a BDSM porno. Thankfully, it didn’t do that and entertained me. I did find the first twenty-five or so minutes rather dull but one the daughter becomes possessed I rather enjoyed it. I did find Mrs McNeil to be a rather annoying person who just wanted to do what she wanted. Also, to me, if you have servants who cater to you and do everything you tell them to do does come across a little dickish. To me, it makes me feel like the only person you care about is yourself. While I’m on the subject of characters, one character stood out as someone I wanted to punch. This person is Burk, the director who we see at the beginning of the film. My reasons for wanting to punch him are for being annoying and for being racist to German by calling them Nazis. I don’t care if you’re drunk or not, it’s not acceptable. Besides those little things, I enjoyed this. If you have seen this film then let me know what you think of it in the comments. Here is what I have to say while watching 1973’s “The Exorcist”
Film – The Exorcist
Year – 1973
Director – William Friedkin
Staring – Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair
IMDb Rating – 8.0/10
My Rating – 7.89/10
Length – 116 min (1h 56min)
Genre – Horror
It’s nice that the director explains some of the facts about the film from his living room
We start with Middle Eastern singing
We’re in Northern Iraq
Time to unearth these ancient architectures
They’ve found lamps, coins and other crap
What’s he found?
Whatever it was, he’s just broken it!
Not sure you should be drinking while taking pills
It takes three blacksmiths to make a sword
I forgot that they read and write from right to left in Iraq
Time for a pray
Better revisit the mines before I leave
He nearly got ran over by a horse and carriage
That Jeep looks battered
It’s alright guards! It’s only me!
Lots of ancient ruins in Iraq
That statue has a massive erection!
Back in Georgetown
That is some weird sneezing coming from the attic
Better check the kids room first and shut the window
She has servants cooking food!
So this is how a film is made
What the hell are they protesting about?
Is this The Exorcist Theme playing?
Whatever it is… I LIKE IT!
Don’t you hate it when airplane noise interrupts your conversation?
An invitation to dinner at The White House
You can’t have a horse in Washington?
This subway looks run down
Who is this Priest and why are we following him to the ghetto
Kids destroy cars to entertain themselves
Nice to know he left the radio on
So this Priest used to be a boxer and now lives with his mum
Here’s dinner – bread and soup
Turns out that mum has a broken leg
Better leave for work while she’s asleep
Back with the posh couple
She found an Ouija board in the closet and “plays” with it!?!
Who’s Captain Howdy?
It sounds like Captain Howdy wants to bang the mother
What’s wrong with reading Cosmo?
Don’t you hate it when you don’t know what to do for your birthday?
It’s been 26 minutes and I have no idea who anyone is or what’s happening
Does this daughter know everything through Captain Howdy?
“Lord I was born a ramblin’ man”
Time for two priests to talk over beers
He wants to resign as a priest because he’s lost his faith
Mrs McNeil is very angry at the operator
That weird noise is back
That attic is filled with crap
Who keeps a stuffed bear in the attic?
So if it’s not the rats then what is it?!
Better prepare for Sunday Service
What the hell happened to that statue? It’s grown boobs and a penis!
Better go see the mother in hospital
This place looks depressing
It’s taken 34 minutes for me to know the priest’s name! It’s Timmy… or Jimmy! Let’s go with Timmy
Nice to know Timmy still does boxing on the side
At a film wrap party
This director seems to be a right dick
The director just called a German a Nazi!
I want to punch him
Now that everyone’s drunk, let’s talk about Heaven and Hell
Well she’s urinated on the carpet and says that someone’s gonna die
Nerves! Urinating on the floor and cursing people with death is a sign of nerves!
Better make the maid clean the urine stain
What the hell’s happening to her bed?
Timmy is now staying at a student accommodation and is upset that he wasn’t there to help his mum
“Stealing is a sin”
Flashbacks of Timmy running to his mum
The daughter just spat on the doctor and called him a “fucking bastard” – He’s only trying to help you
Wait! Timmy’s still a priest! I thought he resigned
The doctor says the daughter has brain damage
Time for testing before the operation
Needle in the neck! OW!
They could have at least knocked her out before doing this
This is hard to watch!
And that is how you do an x-ray of the brain
Back at home
The daughter is going crazy!
And a metal fan!
Did she just offer underage sex to the doctor?
We’ve drugged your daughter to the point she won’t wake up til tomorrow morning
We need to do more tests
Again the x-rays show that there is nothing wrong with the brain
Something’s kicked off other there
Who’s tampering with the electrics?
Chuck arrives and says Burk is dead
Who’s Burk and why should I care?
It’s taken me 56 minutes for me to know the daughter’s name – It’s Reagan
Does she think Captain Howdy is in control of her?
She’s possessed again!
She screamed so loud that its morning and we’re with Timmy who’s jogging
A detective talks to Timmy about the death of Burk
It turns out Burk is the director I wanted to punch
He says Burk died with his head facing the opposite way round at the bottom of the steps
So Timmy is a Priest, Boxer, Uni Student and a Therapist
Timmy says the Dominicans killed Burk
How has Reagan ended up with those cuts on her face and chapped lips?
Mrs McNeil thinks the doctors are lying to her and refuses to lock her daughter in her room
One doctor brings up exorcism and says only Catholics do it but don’t discuss it
That is an ugly looking Mercedes-Benz
That is a steep looking staircase
How did a cross get under Reagan’s pillow if neither of them are religious
The detective’s found something!
Mrs McNeil accuses Carl of placing the cross in her room
The detective arrives and talks with Mrs McNeil
He says Burk was killed by the possessed Reagan
Now that my works done, Can I have your autograph?
“You’re a very nice lady” – I beg to differ
What the hell happened in here?
Did Possessed Reagan make Mrs McNeil lick her… down there?
Also, why was she stabbing herself down there with a knife?
I get the feeling that Possessed Reagan is horny 24/7
Mrs McNeil meets with Timmy
She brings up exorcisms and Timmy says they don’t take place anymore
He says he needs church approval before he can perform an exorcism
Carl is still placing mousetraps in the attic
Reagan… You have a little snot hanging there….
Ok, it’s a tube!
Possessed Reagan says his mother is inside her
She then pukes all over Timmy
Downstairs in the basement
For a child’s drawing, she’s very good
Timmy tells Mrs McNeil everything that the church would have to approve on
He tells her that the devil is inside her
Timmy then brings up the fact that his mother has died
The detective has been watching from a distance
At the priesthood
Timmy talks about Jesus’ Last Supper
Timmy then meets with Possessed Reagan to record their conversation
Possessed Reagan then talks in both Latin and French
She then freaks out when Timmy throws Holy Water over her
She then starts speaking backwards
Nice to know that every celeb office has a bar in their office
He says that the Holy Water he poured was tap water
Timmy plays the recording backwards
“I am no one! Fear the priest! Let her die!”
Timmy then heads back to Mrs McNeil’s house
Reagan has “help me” written on her stomach
Timmy proposes his exorcism to the head of the priesthood
It’s agreed on if they can find an expert to help out
These two priests suggest the architect we say at the start of the film
We find him in the woods going for a walk
Possessed Reagan is still possessed
I love this image
Someone’s not happy that’s there’s priests in the house
He makes Timmy get all the Priest gear and other necessities
Let the exorcism begin!
You stay out of this mother
Possessed Reagan does everything to stop the exorcism taking place
Did everyone smoke cigarettes before they filmed this scene
“Your mother sucks cocks in Hell”
The bed is rising!
She just puked all over that cross
I thought you did the cross on the forehead
Her head just did a 360
Now Reagan’s floating in the air
“The power of Christ compels you”
I don’t think its working
Maybe it is
Better re-tie her to the bed
Where did that statue come from?
Let’s have a break – Where’s the Kitkats?
The architect starts getting the shakes again while Timmy sees an image on his mum in Possessed Reagan
Now Possessed Reagan has Timmy’s mum’s voice
Go sit outside and let me finish this
The detective arrives
Timmy enters the room to find the architect dead and Possessed Reagan untied and sat up
FIGHT – It’s Timmy vs. Possessed Reagan
Now Timmy’s possessed and jumps out of the window and rolls down the steep stairs
Reagan is now unpossessed
Woop Woop It’s the sound of the police!
“Do you want to make a confession?” – I don’t think he can! He’s dead!
Bloody hell! They cleaned up that mess quickly
Now that over with, I’m moving house
Mrs McNeil tells another priest that Reagan doesn’t remember anything
Reagan does however hug and kiss the priest before leaving
Before she leaves, Mrs McNeil gives the priest Timmy’s necklace
He looks down the stairwell and leaves