Over 4 decades after its release, The Exorcist remains one of the most lauded, controversial, and terrifying horror movie ever committed to celluloid. Despite being thoroughly dissected by professional and amateur film critics alike, almost no attention is paid to the 10-minute opening sequence.
The introduction to The Exorcist takes place in Iraq where Father Merrin (Max von Sydow) is present at an archeological dig when a statue representing the demon Pazuzu is unearthed [Featured Image]. These crucial moments are almost forgotten until the character arrives at the MacNeil home in The Exorcist’s second half, and the only other connection seems to be the appearance of the Pazuzu statue at film’s climax.
One of the Internet’s most insightful and compelling critics, Rob Ager, has produced a 50-minute documentary exploring these aspects of the film: Excavating The Exorcist. It’s a must-watch for fans of the film and will definitely add to your understanding and appreciation of this enduring classic.
Official Synopsis: A very in-depth study of the excavations opening scenes of The Exorcist and how those scenes relate to the rest of the movie.
About Rob Ager on YouTube: I have almost ten hours’ worth of unlisted YouTube videos that can only be viewed via their links on my website (those videos don’t appear publicly on my channel or in YouTube searches, but are still to free to watch). I no longer sell DVD sets, instead I sell digital downloads on my site – quicker and cheaper (dozens of hours’ worth of extra content, the bulk of my work).