->''"Is there someone inside you?"''

''The Exorcist'' is a 1973 ReligiousHorror (though the director, William Friedkin, doesn't view it as such) film.

Based on a 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.

Initially manifesting as strange behavior in little Regan and her Ouija-board trysts with an [[ImaginaryFriend invisible companion]] calling itself Captain Howdy, the being's infiltration is at first dismissed as Regan acting out frustrations after her mother's divorce. As the demon takes hold of Regan, however, she undergoes drastic changes in appearance and behavior, manifesting physical symptoms and incredible strength that cannot be explained by medical science. After Regan starts gliding around the house on all fours ''face up'', licking Sharon's ankles, her mother decides that it is time to consult a higher authority...

The original movie is considered one of the best horror movies of all time and was followed by two sequels and (for complicated reasons) two versions of the same prequel, with varying levels of quality and success from each of them.


* AxCrazy: Pazuzu
* BigBad: Pazuzu
* CrisisOfFaith: Father Karras at the beginning of the film.
* CrustyCaretaker: Karl.
* DeadpanSnarker: Burke Dennings. [[spoiler: Even when he's dead.]]
** Karl, in the book, can also be one of these. He and Chris have several low-key sparring exchanges.
* DemonicPossession: Present and accounted for, sir!
* EvilPlan: ''The Exorcist'' is [[spoiler: Pazuzu's revenge on Fr. Merrin for evicting him from a child in Africa.]]
* ExorcistHead: TropeNamer. The reason for it isn't clear in the film and only subtly explained in the novel, but the demon is taunting Karras with knowledge that she (it) knew how Burke Dennings died (having his neck snapped, twisting his head around 180 degrees from his tumble out of the window.)
* FantasticCatholicism
* ImaginaryFriend: What Chris assumes Captain Howdy is at first.
* ItAmusedMe: Burke Dennings enrages Karl by calling him a Nazi strictly for the lulz.
* ReligionIsMagic
* ReligiousHorror: The first movie was part of a cycle of "[[CreepyChild demonic children]]" movies that started with ''RosemarysBaby'' and continued with ''TheOmen''.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Regan before becoming possessed.
* WouldYouLikeToKnowHowTheyDied: The entire "[[ExorcistHead rotating head backwards]]" by possessed Regan and speaking with Burke's voice was to mock Chris for the way Burke died (the demon had snapped Burke's neck and tossed him out the window).
-->'''Possessed Regan:''' ''(using Burke's voice)'' Do you know what she did, your cunting daughter?

[[folder:The Novels]]
* DisappearedDad: Howard [=MacNeil=] is in Europe for the whole book.
** FreudianExcuse: Which the characters surmise is the reasoon of her pick of the name "Captain '''How'''dy."
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:The Gemini Killer]] in ''Legion''.
* EvilVersusEvil: The theme of "evil against evil" is prevalent, starting with Merrin's archeological trip to Northern Iraq where he finds a demon statue that the natives stated was an evil artifact to combat evil. This foreshadows Karras' "evil act" of [[spoiler: accepting Pazuzu into himself, to save Regan: also, suicide's a mortal sin in the Catholic Church]].
** Karras acted on impulse, but it was exactly the right thing to do; he was not thinking [[http://bible.cc/john/15-13.htm John 15:13]], but that's why it worked.
* ItAmusedMe[=/=]ForTheEvulz: Burke Dennings enjoys tormenting the housekeeper Karl simply because he can. [[spoiler: After Burke's death, the possessed Regan spends quite a bit of time speaking with Burke's voice and continues to torment Karl.]]
** The demon also mocks Karras for the drugs he's using to keep Regan stable, informing him (correctly) that he's going to give Regan a fatal heart arrhythmia if he keeps it up.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Karras continues to find scientific explanations for the various phenomena for most of the book. It's more than a bit of a stretch by the end, but a rational explanation is at least possible, if not quite plausible. Subverted in TheFilmOfTheBook by the floating body of Regan, which is pretty tough to explain away as anything but supernatural. In the novel, she does not float. The demon does some telekinesis, but Karras is aware of scientific research that indicates evidence for TK, so it doesn't count. A lot of the bed lurching around the room, etc., is explained by her superhuman strength as she thrashes around. The demon knows all this and is playing Karras like a fish on a line.[[note]]Speaking backwards with ''multiple'' voices at once is what is the evidence she really ''is'' possessed.[[/note]]
* PetTheDog: Burke Dennings is a drunk and a vulgar, foul-mouthed, often hateful bastard, but he is very fond of Regan. He gives her a birthday party on the set, and when he films her cutting the cake he calls it a screen test. His love for her is what killed him; when Sharon left him alone in the house with her, he knew only that she was sick; he must have gone upstairs to check on her.

[[folder:''The Exorcist'']]
* AbnormalLimbRotationRange
** ExorcistHead
* AdultFear: Father Karras is deeply depressed about choosing a life of poverty instead of becoming a rich doctor - and his uncle gives him a WhatTheHellHero about it. (His mom, on the other hand, is proud of him.) Made worse that he can't afford to give his mother proper health care when she goes insane, and she dies alone in her squalid apartment. Pazuzu exploits this fully.
** Regan's possession also counts. The idea of a mother being unable to save her child from a mysterious, unexplainable disease that [[ThatThingIsNotMyChild completely wipes out her mind and personality]] is ''far'' scarier than any monster or demon.
--->'''Chris:''' I'm telling you that [[ThatThingIsNotMyChild that thing upstairs isn't my daughter]]. Now I want you to tell me that you know for a fact that there's nothing wrong with my daughter except in her mind. YOU TELL ME YOU KNOW FOR A FACT THAT AN EXORCISM WOULDN'T DO ANY GOOD! YOU TELL ME THAT!
** This is why Friedkin originally cut out the spider-walk scene. He knew that if the audience spent the whole movie wondering if/when Regan was going to leave the bedroom and attack somebody, it would distract from the drama unfolding outside. That's right: a scene where a demon-possessed CreepyChild walks backwards down a staircase and vomits blood was cut out because it was ''less scary'' than a mother's agony over her child's well-being.
*** He hooked every mother in the audience with that decision. Also, in the book, Merrin says the point of demonic possession is to make onlookers feel complete helpless despair. Watch Ellen Burstyn's face in Chris' first scene with Fr. Karras.
* AffectionateParody: ''Film/{{Repossessed}}'', starring Leslie Nielsen and Linda Blair AdamWesting.
** Also, the WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck cartoon "The Duxorcist".
%%* TheBadGuyWins
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: After all the enchantments, crosses and holy water, it took [[spoiler: Karras]] punching the crap out of out of the possessed Reagan in order to drive the spirit out of her [[spoiler: and into him.]]
* BigNo: Karras just before [[spoiler: he kills himself to prevent Pazuzu, who has gone inside of him, from killing Regan.]]
** Blatty was extremely annoyed that the key line "I won't let you hurt them!" (spoken by Karras to Pazuzu ''after it enters him'') didn't make it into the final cut.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The two priests die, but they save Regan.]]
* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: Bile-splattered. Throughout the scenes where Regan is fully possessed, she wears a pretty blue nightgown with ruffles and flowers. The subtext could be that Chris dressed her in this to communicate her love.
* BrownNote: [[http://theexorcist.warnerbros.com/cmp/silencebottom.html Many sound effects were put in (sometimes deep in the mix) to make it more unsettling]] - for instance, pigs being herded for slaughter and [[EverythingsWorseWithBees angry bees]].
* CATTrap: As one transcript puts it, "a huge machine, two pieces on either side of Regan's head and a piece above."
* CleanPrettyReliable: Uh, Damien, that's not how you do CPR, and you as a doctor should know that. Naturally, he's pretty distraught, exhausted, and not thinking clearly.
* ClusterFBomb: Pazuzu's very prone to dropping these.
-->'''Regan/Demon:''' Let Jesus fuck you! Let Jesus fuck you! Let Him fuck you!
* {{Confessional}}: A field confession occurs at the end of the first movie.
* ConsummateLiar: "He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us.
* DaylightHorror: Most of the scariest scenes happen during the day; notably, the head-spinning scene.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The medical scenes are treated like ''scientific'' exorcisms, complete with a lighted cross that resembles a crucifix.
* EvilAlbino: Pazuzu/Captain Howdy when you can see his face.
* EvilLaugh[=/=]GigglingVillain: After Merrin dies of a heart attack, Regan/Pazuzu is giggling like a madman. In the book, he is not laughing, but raging at the old man "You would have lost and you know it! Come back!" (The demon's goal was to possess Merrin as LaserGuidedKarma, but was foiled there.)
* EvilSoundsDeep[=/=]GutturalGrowler: A twelve-year-old girl should ''not'' sound like Mercedes [=McCambridge=].
* FakeOutOpening: The movie begins with an archeological dig.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Pazuzu.
* FilmOfTheBook
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Pazuzu remarks that an Exorcism would bring Regan, Karras, and him together, [[spoiler: he was right because he ends up possessing Karras.]]
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: An altered version, ''The Version You've Never Seen'', containing several minutes of additional material (including a scene of Regan "spider-walking" down a staircase which Friedkin had [[DeletedScene deleted]] from the original cut due to technical problems, and which bore no resemblance to the spider walk in the book) and added CGI and subliminal imagery, was released to theaters in 2000.
* GoodShepherd: Father Merrin.
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Inverted by Pazuzu. The wings on the stone idol he was released from (and most other depictions of him, we might add, most famously in the ''ShinMegamiTensei'' series) are actually birdlike.
** [[http://content8.flixster.com/question/41/64/93/4164930_std.png Regan's goony-bird statuette]] has wings like Pazuzu's and a somewhat similar pose.
* GroinAttack: Self-inflicted (sort of), with a crucifix, as Regan uses it as a dildo.
** Regan's attack on the psychiatrist.
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:Fr. Karras kills himself to save Regan and get rid of Pazuzu. HarsherInHindsight if you accept ''Exorcist III'' as canon.]]
* HolyBurnsEvil: Demon-possessed Regan's reaction to what a priest says is holy water.
* LeftItIn: When Regan first spits pea-soup vomit over Fr. Karras, the mechanism they had rigged up malfunctioned. The gunk was supposed to hit him in the chest. Instead, he got it right in the face. Jason Miller's disgust and anger are real, and perfect.
** There have been some reports that they actually adjusted the tube at the last second so it hit him in the face. Either way, it makes a great scene.
* 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]]'''.
* MindScrew: Pazuzu seems to be a fan of this trope.
* MoodMotif: It's all about the Ominous Bells here...
* 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.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Kinderman, in the books. He calls it "schmaltz". Everything he does has a purpose. Chris tells people she's "dumb" to get them to explain things to her.
* TheObiWan: Father Merrin in his mentor role to Father Karras. Subverted, in that [[spoiler: neither of them make it out alive]].
* PlaceboEffect: Subverted. Regan screams in pain when Father Karras douses her with tap water, which he claims is holy water. Later, it's implied that Pazuzu intentionally did this to fool Karras into thinking that Regan wasn't really possessed. When he douses her with ''real'' holy water in the exorcism scene, the screams are real.
* PlayingGertrude: Creator/MaxVonSydow was only 44 when he played the elderly Father Merrin.
** This worked nicely in ''Exorcist II'' where you see young Fr. Merrin investigating Kokumo's healing abilities and later exorcising Pazuzu out of him.
* ReCut: "The Version You've Never Seen", released in 2000.
* SirSwearsALot: Pazuzu's got a pretty foul mouth.
* 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.
* 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.
** In both book and film, the doctors explain that real split personality is almost unheard of, but brain lesions and epilepsy can cause patients to act like it.
* SubliminalSeduction: Images of a demonic face are periodically flashed throughout the film.
* TakeMeInstead[=/=]ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Both part of Father Karras' HeroicSuicide.]]
* ThatThingIsNotMyChild: Literally, in Chris' impassioned speech to Father Karras.
* TruthInTelevision: Father Karras saying he'd have to travel back in time to the Renaissance to perform an exorcism is correct. In the modern day, actual Church-sanctioned exorcisms are incredibly rare, and even then they're only used as a last resort.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: ''The Exorcist'' was inspired by an actual exorcism performed in a Jesuit hospital in St. Louis.
** Also, (for a given value of true) Pazuzu wasn't simply a name invented for the books/film. It's the name of an evil demigod/demon in ancient Mesopotamian mythology who ruled over [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking disease, pestilence, and the heat of the midday sun]].
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Pazuzu invokes this when possessing Regan, but Merrin confirms that it's a trick and that there's only ''one'' demon inside of the girl.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: The most well-known example of someone blowing chunks on screen ''ever''. Though, actually, Regan isn't regurgitating. She's spitting up loads of bile - [[FridgeHorror which is worse]].
* WhoYouGonnaCall
* XanatosGambit: Pazuzu tries to do this; either the priest or the girl but the priest decides to TakeAThirdOption
* YourMom: "'''''[[MemeticMutation YOUR MOTHER]] [[GutturalGrowler SU]][[EvilSoundsDeep CKS]] [[EvilIsPetty COCKS IN HELL!!!]]'''''"
** The satires milked this for all it was worth. The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' version speculated what would have happened if one of the priests was black (Specifically, Creator/RichardPryor) and had to endure insults like "Your momma eats kitty litter!" and "Your momma sews socks that smell!"
*** Parodied in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' where a demon says this of John Constantine's father. Constantine, not missing a beat, responds thusly: "[[DeadpanSnarker Does he swallow]]?"
** And then there's ''Film/ScaryMovie 2'': "[[BondOneLiner Suck on this.]]" ''(the priest pulls a gun; possessed Regan goes OhCrap; BoomHeadshot as it cuts to the film's title card)''.

[[folder:''Exorcist II: The Heretic'']]
* BackForTheDead: [[spoiler: Sharon]].
* CanonDiscontinuity
* EvilDoppelganger
* FakeShemp: A weird example = Linda Blair only accepted to return if she didn't have to go through the make-up again. Thus whenever possessed Regan appears, it's a stand-in.
* {{Flashback}}
* GenreShift: It's difficult to say exactly ''what'' genre this film falls under, but it most definitely isn't horror.
* HallOfMirrors: Dr. Tuskin's psychiatric institute appears to have been built with "put as many reflective surfaces as possible!" as its motto.
* InformedAbility: Regan's artistic talent, especially her laughably bad drawing of Father Lamont.
* [[KillItWithFire Kill Her With Fire]]: The fates of [[spoiler: the possessed girl in the opening sequence]] and [[spoiler: Sharon]].
* LargeHam: Weirdly enough, Richard Burton ''underacts'' as aggressively as he overacts in some scenes.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Dr. Tuskin decides to try a mind-reading gizmo on Regan. It all goes downhill from there.
* MindScrew: The whole friggin' movie.
* MissingMom: Adding to Howard [=MacNeil=] being absent from Regan's life, now so is Chris, who Regan says is 'away all the time'.
* MsFanservice: Linda Blair is quite hot in this movie.
* NonindicativeName: So just who is the Heretic of the title, anyway?
** It's the original Exorcist, Fr. Merrin. The Vatican is investigating his life and writings for heresy because of his theory that goodness attracts evil, and because he believed the devil was real and threatened to overthrow the power of God, something Church authorities are trying to play down. There is also a movement to have Merrin declared a saint, and Fr. Lamont is trying to prove Merrin's exorcisms were valid.
*** And then the title refers also to Lamont, after he [[spoiler: ''accepted Pazuzu's help in locating Kokumo'']].
* OneWomanWail: 'Regan's Theme'.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Father Merrin]]
* PsychicPowers: [[spoiler: Regan has them. Other than that spoon-bending trick she fakes Sharon out with at the beginning of the picture.]]
* ReCut: Shortly after its premiere, John Boorman went back to re-cut the film in response to poor audience reactions, hoping to salvage the film. It did not work, and the re-cut version has been long out of print.
* SceneryPorn: The sets and mattes are very amusing to look at.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: My, how little Regan has grown. Most of the movie has her in some form of revealing clothing. And then there's the [[{{Gainaxing}} tap dancing scene]].
* TheSwarm: Locusts are a recurring appearance.
* TitleDrop: Kokumo says to Father Lamont 'You're a '''Heretic'''.'
* WrittenInAbsence: Ellen Burstyn didn't come back to reprise her role of Chris [=MacNeil=], so they just say that she's away on work.

[[folder:''The Exorcist III'']]
* AlphaBitch: Nurse Allerton, and isn't shy about it.
-->'''Kinderman:''' You're very nice.
-->'''Allerton:''' [[DeadpanSnarker I'm a bitch.]]
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Father Karras, due to being the host of the Gemini Killer.]]
* AscendedExtra: Kinderman is now the main character, [[AuthorExistenceFailure New]] [[TheOtherDarrin actor]] notwithstanding
* BackFromTheDead: Deconstructed like '''hell''' with [[spoiler:Father Karras]].
* BerserkButton
-->'''Kinderman:''' The Gemini is dead.
* BigNo
* BiggerBad: [[WordOfGod William Peter Blatty]] goes so far to suggest that the evil spirit might not be Pazuzu this time, but might actually be Satan himself, although this raises questions as to why the head of all demons would [[spoiler:be interested in [[TheDevilIsALoser petty revenge as opposed to something more grandoise]].]]
%%* BodySurf
* TheCameo: ''The Exorcist III'' is full of them. Fabio makes his first screen appearance in the DreamSequence, along with Patrick Ewing as The Angel Of Death, Samuel L. Jackson as the blind man, while other Washington, DC personalities such as then-Georgetown head coach John Thompson walking around.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Despite the "III" in the title, the film completely ignores the second entry. It was probably for the better...
** In this movie Kinderman and Karras were best friends. In first film, they barely knew each other - however, in the novel, they had a friendship growing, and when it was cut short, Kinderman and Dyer became friends because of their mutual relationship with Karras.
* CanonForeigner: Father Morning wasn't in any of the books, and was added into the film because the producers wanted there to be an actual exorcism scene.
* CeilingCling: There is a very creepy moment where an old woman skitters by the protagonist... on the ceiling.
* {{Confessional}}: A brutal murder occurs in one offscreen.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of the cast. Kinderman wins the Deadpan prize with his story about the carp swimming in his bathtub.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Gemini's Father]] is a Type 2 example. In Legion, the novel this installment was based on, [[spoiler:he dies of natural causes, and his death causes the Gemini to lose all his motivation because he can no longer bring him shame and grief]]; in the movie, [[spoiler:he was the Gemini's first victim; after this, the Gemini kept on murdering so he could figuratively continue to kill his father forever]].
* TheDragon: The Gemini Killer to the evil spirit who is helping him.
* DreamSequence. ''The Exorcist III'', for NightmareFuel.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: The above DreamSequence is Kinderman dreaming of [[spoiler: Dyer's murder]].
-->'''Kinderman:''' You know, I wonder if both of us are dreaming this.
-->[[spoiler: '''Dyer:''' [[DeadManWalking No, Bill. I'm not dreaming.]]]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Arguably, [[spoiler:Father Dyer.]]
* EurekaMoment:
-->'''Allerton:''' Do you treat your ''family'' this way?!
-->''(You can almost see the light bulb appear above Kinderman's head.)''
* EvilSoundsDeep: When played by Creator/BradDourif, the Gemini Killer's voice changes pitch several times in each of his scenes, and often goes unnervingly low; people who have seen Dourif in other movies would likely be very creeped out by how much lower than Dourif's natural range the voice gets.
* FailedASpotCheck: A frightening example, when a possessed old lady escapes the hospital by crawling across the ceiling, which isn't very high. [[JustifiedTrope It's all but outright stated that supernatural forces are at work to keep people from noticing her]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Do you dance?"
* HannibalLecture. Creator/BradDourif ''out-[[HannibalLecture Hannibal Lectures]] Hannibal Lecter''; ''The Exorcist III'' was released a year ''before'' ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.
-->'''The Gemini Killer:''' It's too bad about Father Dyer. I killed him, you know. An interesting problem, but finally... it worked! First, a bit of the ole succinylcholine to permit one to work without, ah, annoying distractions, then... a three foot catheter threaded directly into the inferior vena cava -- or, superior vena cava. It's a matter of taste, I think, don't you? Then the tube moves through the vein, under the crease of the arm, into the vein that leads directly into the heart, and then, you just hold up the legs and you SQUEEZE the blood manually into the tube from the arms and the legs. There's a little shaking and pounding at the end for the dregs -- it isn't perfect, there's a little blood left I'm afraid. BUT, regardless, the overall effect is astonishing! And isn't that REALLY what counts in the end? Yes GOOD SHOW BIZ, Lieutenant, the EFFECT! And then, off comes the head without spilling one single drop of blood. Now I call that SHOWMANSHIP, Lieutenant!
%%* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight
%%* JawsFirstPersonPerspective
* JumpScare: [[spoiler: Poor Nurse Keating.]]
* LargeHam. ''The Exorcist III'' has George C. Scott in his hammiest role, ever.
-->'''Kinderman:''' Yes, I believe... I believe in death. I believe in '''disease''''. I believe in injustice and inhumanity and torture and anger and hate... I believe in murder. I BELIEVE IN PAIN. I believe in cruelty and infidelity. '''''I believe in slime and stink and every crawling, putrid thing... every possible ugliness and corruption, YOU SON-OF-A-BITCH! I BELIEVE...''''' in you.
** Meanwhile, Brad Dourif's The Gemini Killer {{Lampshades}} this after an outburst ("But the main thing is the torment of [[spoiler:your friend Father Karras]] as he watches while I '''''rip and cut and mutilate the innocent, his friends, and again, and again, on and on! HE'S INSIDE WITH US! HE'LL NEVER GET AWAY! HIS PAIN WON'T END!''''') he sheepishly apologizes: "Gracious me. Was I raving? Please forgive me. I'm mad."
%%* LittleDeadRidingHood
* MercyKill:
-->'''Patient X:''' [[spoiler:We won, Bill...now...free me.]]
* NothingIsScarier: Most of ''The Exorcist III'' derives its horror from implication and verbal speeches. ''And it works.''
* TheNthDoctor: The Gemini Killer switches actors depending on whether the audience is seeing things from Kinderman's perspetive (in which he's played by [[spoiler:Jason Miller]]) or from the "eyes of faith" perspective (where he's played by Brad Dourif).
* PosthumousCharacter: Thomas is killed either before the movie even starts or right after the opening credits (depending on how much of the credits sequence was just Patient X's dream), but is a big reason for Kinderman's personal interest in the case, actually shows up in Kinderman's nightmare, and don't get started on how he plays into the climatic showdown.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Father Dyer]].
* SerialKiller: The Gemini Killer.
* ShutUpHannibal: Kinderman, after The Gemini Killer gets a little ''too'' graphic.
-->'''Gemini Killer:''' ''(after Kinderman breaks his nose, mockingly)'' Oooh, a few boos from the peanut gallery.
* ShoutOut: The nurse Lisa in SilentHill is based off of a scene with a nurse in a red sweater.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Father Dyer.]]
* SurrealHorror:
** The opening credits
** Kinderman's nightmare
** Brad Dourif's voice changing pitch throughout each of his scenes.
* UncannyValley: Invoked with the animatronic grinning pianists at Grand Central during the DreamSequence for NightmareFuel.
* WhatTheHellHero: Nurse Allerton gives one near the end of the film to Kinderman, which leads to a EurekaMoment for the cop.

[[folder:''Exorcist: The Beginning'']]
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Only Merrin and Joseph survived the massacre.]]
* GenreSavvy: Merrin's guide expresses apprehension about going into the recently unearthed Byzantine Church because the locals say it is cursed by evil spirits. He dismisses them as superstitious, but when Merrin questions him he says he's "not superstitious. Smart."

[[folder:''Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist'']]
* SurprisinglyHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Compared to Harlin's version, most of the people lived this time.]]