This Day in Horror History: THE EXORCIST Was Release in 1973

The Exorcist was released on this day in 1973 and, closing in on 50 years later, the film is still considered by many (including me!) to be the scariest horror movie ever made. Explore the history of The Exorcist and its continuing influence on the horror landscape in the videos embedded below the trailer and synopsis.

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One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd — levitating, speaking in tongues — her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

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The Exorcist is directed by William Friedkin from a script penned by William Peter Blatty (from his novel of the same name). It won an Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound.

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