Since many of you have seen "The Exorcist"
already--this is simply a re-release of the film, with about 10
minutes of additional footage--let me sum up what happens in this
movie for those that have not seen it:
Famous actress and daughter live in
Daughter is somehow possessed by the
Daughter slowly goes insane as
possession makes her head rotate 360°
Priest intervenes with the hope of
making crazy daughter sane again
Another priest, formerly an exorcist, is
called in for "one last job"
Someone gets thrown out of a window
Now, of course there is more to it than
that. "The Exorcist" is so messed up, so absolutely horrific, that
even as I write this I am looking under my bed. I mean, I have seen
this movie before, and even seeing it today made it feel like
everything was a surprise! By the time Max von Sydow shows up as
the professional exorcist, I was so scared that every time someone
would walk into Linda Blair's room (where, as the possessed
daughter, she was tied up), I would start to do the "Halloween
Cringe." (The "Halloween Cringe" is where you know something scary
is about to happen, so you start looking down at your watch, or over
at your buddy, or you cover your eyes, or look behind you at the
couple hooking up like it is their job--just anything to not look at
the scene about to unfold, cause you know it will scare the bejesus
out of you. This first happened to me when I watched the movie
And, I had forgotten how much cursing there
is in this movie! This is about as far from a date movie as one
could imagine, as the little girl lets expletive after expletive fly
out at the priests as they try and complete the ending exorcism.
Not known to be shy with the profanity myself, the cursing here can
out-and-out embarrass you as you sit next to your parents, if you
were silly enough to bring them to this movie with you!
Okay, so the two obvious questions that must
-->Is it good? A resounding yes. The
storyline and the acting in this film are far superior to most
movies of this type; and, amazingly, the supporting players that see
what is happening to Blair's tortured little girl react about as
realistically as people might to a girl that can float over her
bed. And, the shot of von Sydow getting out of his car the night he
shows up for the exorcism is one of my absolute favorites in movie
history. A scary movie that actually has a backbone is a rare find
-->What is in that extra eleven minutes?
Well, only one scene is absolutely new: there is a scene where
Blair (in full possession mode) shoots down the family staircase
turned upside-down with blood dripping out of her mouth. It is so
scary (maybe because I didn't know it was coming) that I almost fell
into the aisle. What makes it tough is that it happens so suddenly,
and like the head-rotation scenes, you know it is not possible but
you can't take your eyes off it. Other than that scene, the extra
footage is mostly longer takes of previous scenes. The introductory
sequences with von Sydow in northern Iraq take up a good portion of
that 11 minutes, though.
Even if you have seen the original of this
movie, it is worth checking out again--and, for at least another
couple of weeks, the competition in the theater is not going to be
too heavy against this film.
Now, a better experience than even the movie
itself took place about six rows behind me. A family of
four--that's right, a family of four, include a five-year-old and a
six-month-old--actually had the cojones to sit dead-center during
the showing of a profanity-filled shockfest. About an hour into the
movie, and about a half-hour into continuous baby
screaming-and-crying noise, one guy yells out
"Take that f***ing kid out of here!"
Profanity exchange takes place behind me
(complete with bandwagoners saying "Yeah! Get 'em outta here!" the
whole time), and not until about the last 45 minutes of the movie
did the parents finally comply. Parents: get a babysitter for
R-rated bloodletting movies about the devil!
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard