The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin, is a film that defines what a horror movie should be about. Coming out in 1973, The Exorcist brought a new type of horror movie to the table of films. A young girl who is possessed by a demon was different and absolutely scary at the time. Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock was the first film to portray a human as the horror figure, and Night of the Living Dead, directed by George A. Romero, shows how scary a little girl can be.
The Exorcist is about a young girl who is possessed by a demon. A pastor is brought in to perform an exorcism on her. Scenes such as her head twisting 360 degrees and her spider walk down the stairs makes this film very terrifying to watch. It is more realistic than Godzilla or Birds because it deals with humans such as us and not monsters that are known as fake. This film was revolutionary; the theme of a demon possessed girl is still used today in movies such as The Last Exorcism and Paranormal Activity, but The Exorcist still remains on top as the scariest films of all time. This film was nominated for best picture in the Oscars. A horror movie nominated for that category is unheard of. The Exorcist will remain the king of horror movies and will be watched by screaming people for years to come.