Friday, November 18, 2011

Freaky Friday: The Exorcist

I'm FINALLY - after a way too long "to be read" pile - reading my friend, Gretchen McNeil's YA paranormal book, Possess about a teenage exorcist who can banish demons, and thought it a fitting time to review one of my all time favorite horror movies - The Exorcist.
This parallel tale centers around a priest's loss of faith and a girl's demonic possession. It presents many themes -  good vs. evil, faith vs. doubt, and vulnerability vs. the power of the human soul. Riddled with extremely graphic and disturbing scenes, it is NOT recommended for children.
But, don't be fooled by the gore factor, this is not your everyday horror movie. It delves deeply into the themes mentioned above. The most disturbing part, for me, is not the horrific images, it's the unsettling feeling that stays with you long after the movie is finished. It makes you think and reconsider preconceived notions. If you can't sleep at night, it won't be simply from Regan MacNeil - played by actress Linda Blair - spinning her head around or doing the backwards spider walk - this STILL creeps me out, by the way -  it'll be because at least one, if not more of its messages resonant with you.
If you think horror as a genre can't impart a unique life message AND tell a great story, then you must see the Exorcist.
And for more creepy exorcism tales, don't forget to check out Possess!

Rating: A+ (for both THE EXORCIST and Gretchen McNeil's POSSESS)

6 comments :

  1. ooohh, I want to read this. I love horror novels and movies. But the Exorcist was too much for me. It didn't really scare as much as leave that feeling of just wrongness afterwards. Another one that did scare me and also left that feeling?Darkness, the horror movie with Anna Pacquin.

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  2. *shivers* I'm not good with horror novels :)

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  3. I remember seeing the movie when I was younger, and I only ever wanted to see it one time. No horror novel has ever scared me as much as that movie.

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  4. Jeepers! The Exorcist STILL freaks me out. Little Regan's neck sure was limber! This book sounds awesome!

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  5. The exorcist always freaked me out. *shivers* And I've been meaning to read Possess. Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. I've never seen the Exorcist, but I might have to check it out. I have a love-hate relationship with horror movies....I think they can be really interesting, especially those with realistic characters, but they do give me nightmares :).

    Great post!

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