A prologue set in an archaeological dig in Iraq. A demon being awaken. A losing battle about to begin. “I think the point is to make us despair.”
The Exorcist was not what I was expecting at all. This isn’t a horror movie about an exorcism – the ritual itself lasts for only 15 minutes and Friedkin leaves it for the very last moment. The Exorcist is instead a murder mystery, but also a realistic medical drama, and last but not least a mother-daughter movie. Less scary than it is shocking (that scene with the crucifix).