Cineverm – A Film Podcast


The Exorcist (1973) – Film Review – Ep. 73
Anthony's Rating: 7
David's Rating: 10
Cineverm Rating: 8.5

This week Anthony & David cover the legendary horror film THE EXORCIST! Does it still hold up after all these years?

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Synopsis for The Exorcist

One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd — levitating, speaking in tongues — her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

Podcast Transcript

Anthony: I guess I want to start with you, David, because there’s a lot of history of this movie. Before I say anything, I kind of want to get a general gist of what this movie means in the cinema zeitgeist, and what it means to you, and if it had an impact on you on this watch.

David: Yeah, it still had an impact on me for sure. But, yeah, I wish I was able to do more research before this, but I didn’t have much time. But I could just give you random stuff that I know about it. I mean, I don’t know if you’ve ever watched those videos of the people having their initial reactions – the theater goers – when this movie came out, but it’s pretty fun. I don’t know if it was the first one of those movies, like a horror movie, that made that a big deal – like all the people freaking out and fainting and throwing up and you know all that stuff in the theater – but it was definitely one of the earlier ones that did that. That was such a big part of the appeal of the movie. So it’s got that kind of legacy, and then obviously all of the exorcism movies that have come after it: just the entire genre that it created that’s so prevalent still now, but I guess mainly in like the 2000s and 2010s. Like all these low budget exorcism movies…