Over four decades after its release, The Exorcist, based on the novel by William Peter Blatty and directed by William Friedkin, is still considered by many to be the scariest movie ever made. Today marks the 43rd Anniversary of the seminal film’s US Theatrical release, and the cultural impact of The Exorcist cannot be understated. The film went on to spawn 2 sequels, a prequel, and a TV series on Fox that just wrapped its first season.
Check out the 30-minute documentary below from the good folks at Behind the Exorcist which explores the film’s lasting legacy.
In 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.