Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Month of Horror Day 30: The Exorcist

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! And Bellamy thinks it's an excellent day for an exorcism.

And the runner-up goes to...! Not to say that this is the 2nd best anything, as a matter of fact, this is actually my favourite scary movie of all time. What's great about The Exorcist is that it takes its material and subject matter deadly serious, there's no screwing around here and no one is having fun, it's just straight up terror! That's what I love about it, and it's also something you do not see in many modern horror movies these days where everything is sold with that young audience in mind where as here it's an adult horror film for an adult audience, screw PG-13! This was also the first movie to really deal with exorcisms which has become all too common in horror flicks now--common and BORING. The first is still the best of the genre, there has never been another movie to deal with this subject matter to even come close, many try to emulate it and fail miserably because they're afraid to take it too far which is exactly where it should go. When this film came out, it disturbed people, it gave people nightmares and even caused many to question their beliefs and faith entirely--show me a movie that has done that since and the drinks are on me. The plot is simple, and as I always say, a simple set up is usually the key to any horror film being successful, there is no need to complicate things in order to scare the bejeezus out of anyone. A young girl is possessed by Satan himself, the demon begins destroying her body and it's up to two priests, men of God, to put their lives on the line to drive the evil entity out of her body and figure out a way to banish it from this world completely. The things that happen in this movie are absolutely disturbing, that's the best word used to describe many of the scenes which I won't go into detail describing but if you are a fan of horror and have never given this a chance then... THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELLS YOU!!!

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