For the first written blog for this class, there was a tough choice of movies to pick to write a blog about. I looked at the lists of movies several times, and even looked on netflix to review several of the choices. I eventually chose one of the most commonly and popular movies known movie from the 1970’s.
On December 26th, 1973, The Exorcist was released in threaters throughout the United States. The movie, The Exorcist is a film adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s book, The Exorcist released in 1971. The Exorcist is normally labeled with the tag of “The Greatest horror movie of all time.” There are many arguments for the fact that it is and I am sure there are reasons for why it is not, “The Greatest Horror Movie Ever.” The Exorcist was the highest grossing horror movie right after its release in 1973.
The Exorcist is about a young girl who is possessed by the devil and must have an exorcism performed on her to release the demon within her. While these exorcisms are performed on this young girl, the two main priest deal with their own problems along with the problems of dealing with the devil that controls the body of this young girl.
The Exorcist is a great movie…I do understand the arguments for and against, the so called label of “The Greatest Horror Movie Ever.” Nowadays there are many horror movies that stand out, but where would they be without, “The Exorcist?” Honestly! The Exorcist is an iconic movie that has spread throughout sequels and even ideas for other horror movies. The present day horror movies do not live up to 1973’s The Exorcist. Just look throughout the list of movies that The Exorcist has influenced or been mentioned in! For a movie in the 1970’s, The Exorcist is the greatest horror movie for that time, and was also the top grossing movie of all-time (before Jaws came out the following year, IMDB.com).