The Exorcist

October 12, 13, & 20
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2hr 12mins // directed by:William Friedkin // featuring:Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair // Director's Cut // DCP

William Friedkin's Academy Award-winning horror classic starring Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, and Linda Blair.

A Jesuit priest, Father Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow), leading an archeological dig in Iraq unearths a small statue of the Assyrian demon Pazuzu alongside a modern Roman Catholic medallion of St. Joseph. Shortly after, in Georgetown, VA, 12-year-old Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) undergoes a series of behavioral changes that doctors initially shrug off as the beginning of puberty, but as Regan becomes more and more violent the doctors run tests, finding nothing physically wrong with her. 

As time goes by, however, it becomes more and more evident that something has taken over Regan's body (with the initial demonic contact being made via Ouija Board). An exorcism is performed as a last ditch effort to save her from eternal damnation.

Based on a true exorcism performed in Maryland and filled with some of the best special effects (that Roger Ebert said should have warranted the film an 'X' rating) and subliminal imagery—this is the film from which nightmares are born.