|Submitted by Eddie Poe |
(Nov 24, 2000)
The early '70's were a boom time for fright films on both The Big Screen and the small and one of the biggest- and best- was William Friedkin's version of William Peter Blatty's bestseller, THE EXORCIST. This one had it all, in spades.
The supernatural goings-on were grounded in a sometimes harsh reality and the poignant ending makes this one of the greatest "love stories" ever brought to the big screen.
For fans like myself, THE EXORCIST was (if you'll pardon the play on words) a blessing in disguise- proof positive that fright films could be "legit" fare.
It holds up to this day.
The recent re-release was most welcome. I was thoroughly familiar with both book and screenplay and the restored scenes only added to my enjoyment. I'm not convinced that this restoration will convert the nonbelievers (I saw it with someone who'd seen it during its initial release and she apparently didn't realize which scenes had been restored- with one obvious exception), but, for those of us who were there in the beginning (I praised the film in print in the mid-'70's), the additions were most welcome indeed.