History Film / TheExorcist

23rd Sep '16 6:48:38 PM UJellyWankstain
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A [[Series/TheExorcist TV Series]] of the same name is set to premiere September 23, 2016 on [[Creator/{{Fox}} FOX]].
10th Sep '16 12:34:40 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* OuijaBoard: Regan played with one prior to getting possessed. It strongly suggested that it was Pazuzu made contact with her in the first place.
2nd Sep '16 10:19:49 PM CaptEquinox
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* MedicalHorror: Regan in the operating room having all sorts of medical procedures done on her was the scariest part of ''The Exorcist'' for some moviegoers at the time. No, it wasn't the cursing, the exorcism or anything else that caused them to actually ''leave the theaters and vomit'' - it was '''[[NauseaFuel this]]'''.

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* MedicalHorror: Regan in the operating room having all sorts of 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 procedures done on 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]]'''.



* NoNameGiven: The demon that possesses Regan is never named in the film, though he was called "Mr. Howdy" at one point. His real name is Pazuzu.

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* NoNameGiven: The demon that possesses Regan is never named in the film, though he was initially called "Mr. "Captain Howdy" at one point.by Regan. His real name is Pazuzu.



* SplitPersonality: As the possession starts to take hold and Regan's behavior gets more bizarre, Chris thinks her daughter might have a split personality -- but see the reference to VoiceOfTheLegion, below. The doctors explain that real split personality is almost unheard of, but brain lesions and epilepsy can cause patients to act like it.

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* SplitPersonality: As the possession starts to take hold and Regan's behavior gets more bizarre, Chris thinks her daughter might have a split personality -- but see the reference to VoiceOfTheLegion, below. The doctors explain that real split personality is almost unheard of, but brain lesions and epilepsy can cause patients to act like it. [[note]]superficially, at least, if you don't know much about multiple personality. It comes on far too suddenly for the genuine article.[[/note]]



** ''The Exorcist'' was inspired by an actual exorcism performed in a Jesuit hospital in St. Louis.

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** ''The Exorcist'' was inspired by an actual the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudun_possessions witch trials of Loudon, France]] in 1634. A group of nuns were or claimed to be possessed by ''seventeen'' demons, blaming their confessor for having summoned the evil critters. All of the sexual acts, animal noises and violence were enacted by these nuns. Blatty also used some of the elements of a supposed possession and exorcism performed in a Jesuit hospital case in St. Louis. It's now believed the boy in that case was faking for attention, but he used the telekinesis and violence claimed by the boy's relatives. Blatty says there have been only a handful of possession cases in the U.S. that were acknowledged by the Catholic Church.
29th Aug '16 1:21:35 PM KenKevinStriker
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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.

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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.
Pazuzu (though his name is kept ambiguous in the film).
8th Jul '16 3:10:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheMentor: Father Merrin in his mentor role to Father Karras. Subverted, in that [[spoiler: neither of them make it out alive]].



* TheObiWan: Father Merrin in his mentor role to Father Karras. Subverted, in that [[spoiler: neither of them make it out alive]].
10th May '16 11:45:39 AM AnotherGuy
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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.
10th May '16 11:38:56 AM AnotherGuy
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Pazuzu remarks that an Exorcism would bring Regan, Karras, and him together, [[spoiler: he was right because he ends up possessing Karras.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The two dogs mindlessly attacking each other in the street, as Merrin mentions "evil against evil".
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When Pazuzu remarks that an Exorcism would bring Regan, Karras, and him together, [[spoiler: he was right because he ends up possessing Karras.]]
9th Apr '16 1:11:52 PM Sadsharks
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''The Exorcist'' is a 1973 ReligiousHorror film (though the director, {{Creator/WilliamFriedkin}}, doesn't view it as such).

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''The Exorcist'' is a 1973 ReligiousHorror film (though the director, {{Creator/WilliamFriedkin}}, {{Creator/William Friedkin}}, doesn't view it as such).
9th Apr '16 1:11:36 PM Sadsharks
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''The Exorcist'' is a 1973 ReligiousHorror film (though the director, [[Creator/WilliamFriedkin]], doesn't view it as such).

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''The Exorcist'' is a 1973 ReligiousHorror film (though the director, [[Creator/WilliamFriedkin]], {{Creator/WilliamFriedkin}}, doesn't view it as such).
9th Apr '16 1:11:11 PM Sadsharks
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''The Exorcist'' is a 1973 ReligiousHorror film (though the director, [[Director/WilliamFriedkin]], doesn't view it as such).

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''The Exorcist'' is a 1973 ReligiousHorror film (though the director, [[Director/WilliamFriedkin]], [[Creator/WilliamFriedkin]], doesn't view it as such).
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