Exorcist, The

Lists: Horror, Fantasy Horror, Best Picture nominee 1970 to 1979

Brief Synopsis: "Regan MacNeil, a 12-year-old girl living in Georgetown with her mother Chris, begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area. Chris becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith after the death of his mother."

Overall Ranking: 118 (Rank from 1973: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 73.68%
Regular 21.05%
Half-Popped 5.26%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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MaddWolf Hope100 - For evocative, nerve jangling, demonic horror, you will not find better than The Exorcist.
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CinemaVisitor Erik100
Jim Carrier99 - Quite possibly the scariest movie of all-time because of the storyline dealing with demons & how realistic this subject is.
Alex Robinson99
David Baruffi97
Colin Flanagan97 - The greatest horror film of all time that still holds up today with atmosphere and creepiness.
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium97(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10194
Dan O'Neill90 - The Exorcist still works all of these years later because of the atmosphere that Friedkin creates, the things that actually happens when the scares aren’t happening, and the acting that elevates this flick upon any other horror film that I’ve seen recently. Definitely deserved that Best Picture win, even though ‘The Sting’ is a great film in its own right too.
(full review)
Mark Chapman90
Sean Kelly90(full review)
Bryan Lienesch90 - In my estimation, the greatest horror flick of all time.
Minnesota Man90 - If it’s been a while since you’ve taken it in or if you’ve somehow never seen the film you owe it to yourself to give it a look…just throw away all your cans of pea soup first.
(full review)
George Rother of MovieGuy 24/790(full review)
Dave Examines Movies80(full review)
Thomas Pollock80
Chris Turner80 - a bit slow but creepy as hell and the acting is good
J Collins60

People Involved

  • Ellen Burstyn (Chris MacNeil)
  • Jason Miller (Father Karras)
  • Max von Sydow (Father Merrin)
  • Lee J. Cobb (Lt. Kinderman)
  • Linda Blair (Regan)
  • Kitty Winn (Sharon)
  • William OMalley (Father Dyer)
  • Jack MacGowran (Burke Dennings)
  • Barton Heyman (Dr. Klein)
  • Peter Masterson (Dr. Barringer - Clinic Director (as Pete Masterson))
  • Rudolf Schündler (Karl)
  • Robert Symonds (Dr. Taney)
  • Titos Vandis (Karras Uncle)
  • Donna Mitchell (Mary Jo Perrin)
  • Robert Gerringer (Senator at Party)
  • Mercedes McCambridge (Demon (voice))
  • Juliet Taylor (Director)
  • Owen Roizman (Director)
  • William Friedkin (Director)
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