It’s been a long time since I’ve watched The Exorcist so I thought it would be the perfect film to revisit during this wonderful October season.
In this film, an overwhelmed mother deals with her young daughter’s unexplained illness. After endless amounts of tests and no answers, all signs point to the possibility of possession. The mother turns to two priests to conduct an exorcism in attempt to save her daughter’s life and soul.
The Exorcist is known as “one of the scariest films ever made.” I didn’t see this film until 23 years after it was released which was well into my jaded horror watching teenage years. At the time I didn’t think it was all that scary. Don’t get me wrong, it’s disturbing and shocking for most first-time viewers but I found it more comical than I did scary.
I am a (not hardcore) Catholic girl so the film does strike an unsettling note with me on the subject of the devil and evil and so on but I am also an immature girl. I can’t help but feel like seeing a little girl telling a doctor to fuck her or shoving her mother’s head into her crotch while yelling “Lick Me!” is funny as hell. Can I get an Amen?!
I do have respect for The Exorcist as the classic film that it is. It exposed people to the dark side of religion by stripping a young girl of her innocence and turning her into demonic monster. She killed someone, harmed herself in the vilest manner all while spouting out dirty language that made even me blush and look away.
I don’t want to take away the brilliance of this film by laughing at scenes that are obscene and distasteful. I know this film had a terrifying impact on most viewers and the star Linda Blair as well. I don’t know if I didn’t find this scary because I’m often impotent to “typical scary movies” or if I just related too much to Reagan as I flashback to my misguided youth, which was quite similar sans the possession. Either way to summarize my feeling about this film I have to quote Bettlejuice on this: “I’ve seen The Exorcist 166 times, and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it!”