History Film / TheExorcist

21st Nov '17 1:48:26 AM CyrilPMG
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* [[spoiler: MentorOccupationalHazard: Father Merrin dies. His puppil too.]]
15th Nov '17 10:01:52 AM petrandreev13
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* Jumpscare: The first time the demon's face flashes on screen might startle some viewers. And nobody could predict the vomit part, either.

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* Jumpscare: JumpScare: The first time the demon's face flashes on screen might startle some viewers. And nobody could predict the vomit part, either.
15th Nov '17 10:01:14 AM petrandreev13
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* Jumpscare: The first time the demon's face flashes on screen might startle some viewers. And nobody could predict the vomit part, either.
15th Nov '17 9:18:11 AM wittylibrarian
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* MindYourStep: Played oh so painfully straight. See StaircaseTumble below.
** They filmed using a RealLife stairwell near Georgetown, which has become a tourist attraction known as the Exorcist Steps. [[spoiler: If you ever walk it, you'll [[NightmareFuel realize just how far]] Karras fell to his death...]]


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* StaircaseTumble: [[spoiler: Karras, fighting off his possession, throws himself out the window and down a steep outdoors staircase.]]
14th Nov '17 6:58:41 PM woerer1
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Based on the [[Literature/TheExorcist 1971 novel]] by William Peter Blatty, [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory and inspired by]] what was supposedly ([[http://www.examiner.com/history-in-baltimore/the-not-so-real-life-story-that-inspired-the-exorcist it's been disputed]]) an actual documented exorcism from 1949, ''The Exorcist'' is the terrifying, shocking tale of an originally rather cute 12-year-old girl named Regan [=McNeil=] and the efforts of her mother Chris, a famous film actress, her mom's secretary Sharon, and a pair of priests to save the poor girl's soul from the ravages of a powerful, malign entity called Pazuzu (though his name is kept ambiguous in the film).

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Based on the [[Literature/TheExorcist 1971 novel]] by William Peter Blatty, [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory and inspired by]] what was supposedly ([[http://www.examiner.com/history-in-baltimore/the-not-so-real-life-story-that-inspired-the-exorcist it's been disputed]]) an actual documented exorcism from 1949, ''The Exorcist'' is the terrifying, shocking tale of an originally rather cute 12-year-old girl named Regan [=McNeil=] and the efforts of her mother Chris, a famous film actress, her mom's secretary Sharon, and a pair of priests to save the poor girl's soul from the ravages of a powerful, malign entity called Pazuzu (though his name is kept ambiguous in the film).
13th Nov '17 2:11:06 AM TrollBrutal
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[[caption-width-right:300: ''"The power of Christ compels you!"'']]
26th Sep '17 10:26:33 AM erforce
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* LightIsNotGood[=/=]DarkIsNotEvil: The scene when Merrin arrives (as seen in the poster image above), the priest is clad in black, while white light emanates from the demon's room.
* MedicalHorror: Regan in the operating room having a carotid angiography[[note]]an extremely painful test in which the patient must be conscious -- the doctors are played by real doctors from the medical center at NYU[[/note]] -- including the blood spurting from an artery in her neck -- was the scariest part of ''The Exorcist'' for some moviegoers at the time. No, it wasn't the cursing, the vomiting, the exorcism or anything else that caused them to actually ''leave the theaters and vomit'' - it was '''[[NauseaFuel this]]'''.

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* LightIsNotGood[=/=]DarkIsNotEvil: DarkIsNotEvil: The scene when Merrin arrives (as seen in the poster image above), the priest is clad in black, while [[LightIsNotGood white light emanates from the demon's room.
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* MedicalHorror: Regan in the operating room having a carotid angiography[[note]]an extremely painful test in which the patient must be conscious -- the doctors are played by real doctors from the medical center at NYU[[/note]] -- including the blood spurting from an artery in her neck -- was the scariest part of ''The Exorcist'' for some moviegoers at the time. No, it wasn't the cursing, the vomiting, the exorcism or anything else that caused them to actually ''leave the theaters and vomit'' - it was '''[[NauseaFuel this]]'''.



* WhoYouGonnaCall

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* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Only Merrin and Joseph survive the massacre.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Only Merrin and Joseph survive the massacre.]]massacre between the locals and the British military.]]
* AteHisGun: After Major Granville witnesses supernatural activity in his tent in the form of finding himself preparing a crow for his butterfly collection instead of a regular insect specimen, his collection coming to life and then having butterfly crawling out of his mouth, he puts his gun into his mouth and pulls the trigger.



* FliesEqualsEvil: Flies are present in places with higher density of demonic activity.



* SadisticChoice: Flashbacks show that Merrin lost his faith after he was forced by Nazis in WWII to pick ten people from a crowd to be shot, lest they all be killed.
* SlashedThroat: When Merrin goes to question Bession about the archeological site, he finds him bleeding from a chest wound. After a cryptic conversation, Bession then kills himself by slicing his throat open with a shard of glass.




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* WallCrawling: [[spoiler:Possessed Sarah]] does this briefly after Merrin drives her away with his faith.
22nd Jul '17 7:47:45 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* ChristianityIsCatholic: Obviously, as it is the only church to offer exorcism as a practice. This is TruthInTelevision. The Lutheran minister of the parents of the child in the real life case the movie is based on told the parents to get a Catholic priest because Lutherans had no exorcism tradition. It is somewhat strange though that Damien Karras is a Catholic despite being Greek because Greek people are overwhelming Eastern Orthodox (98%).

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* ChristianityIsCatholic: Obviously, as it is the only church to offer exorcism as a practice. This is TruthInTelevision. The Lutheran minister of the parents of the child in the real life case the movie is based on told the parents to get a Catholic priest because Lutherans had no exorcism tradition. It is somewhat strange though that Damien Karras is a Catholic despite being Greek because Greek people are overwhelming overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox (98%).
15th Jul '17 4:05:15 PM ClintEastwood
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* {{Feelies}}: The US theatrical release of the film gave free barf bags to audience members.
18th Jun '17 4:56:45 PM nombretomado
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* StealthSequel: WordOfGod states that ''Film/TheNinthConfiguration'' is the true sequel to ''The Exorcist''. According to ThatOtherWiki, the astronaut in ''The Exorcist'' is Captain Cutshaw in ''The Ninth Configuration''. In the book series, several unused pieces of dialogue from ''The Exorcist'' were used in ''The Ninth Configuration'' instead.

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* StealthSequel: WordOfGod states that ''Film/TheNinthConfiguration'' is the true sequel to ''The Exorcist''. According to ThatOtherWiki, Wiki/ThatOtherWiki, the astronaut in ''The Exorcist'' is Captain Cutshaw in ''The Ninth Configuration''. In the book series, several unused pieces of dialogue from ''The Exorcist'' were used in ''The Ninth Configuration'' instead.
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