The Exorcist Film Analysis

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One of the most infamous horror movies ever made, something beyond evil is happening to Regan and she starts acting very strange with violent outbursts. Her worried mother searches for medical help only to find that the doctors cannot find anything wrong or answers to her behavior. Her mother comes in contact with a local priest in town and he thinks Regan is possessed by the devil. The priest calls in for backup, Father Merrin, to attempt to save Regan from the devil inside her soul. “For the first time in a mainstream movie, audiences witnessed the graphic desecration of everything that was considered wholesome and good about the fading American dream - the home, the family, the church, and most shockingly, the child" ( Hunter & Knowles …show more content…
Sound is very expressive and creates meaning within many films. In the film, sound grabs your attention with our senses of loud and quiet scenes. Loud scenes and sound presenting evil and quiet scenes and sounds representing the good. An example is when Regan is hospitalized one hears the loud grating sound of the CAT scan and medical viewing screen, followed by the quiet, very silent scenes of the doctors thinking or giving needles. Here you begin to see the doctors try and formulate what is wrong with Regan and come up with an explanation for her odd behavior. Another example of loud and quiet scenes to represent good and evil is my favorite scene where the demon lashes Regan’s body around in bed while growling and says, “fuck me” to the doctor and continues to be violent when they attempt to calm her down. Her mother is crying and screaming and then a complete dead silence as the door slams and the adults all sit quietly in the hall to talk about Regan. Here you see all the chaos the demon has created but outside in the hall you can tell where they discuss Regan is good because it’s a calming scene where you’re not left feeling anxious. Additional background music adds more suspense to this film in my opinion because it gives the film a penetrating scary …show more content…
Regan is possessed and the demon consumes all of her thoughts and feelings. The priests alike must be filled with being Holy and use things like holy water to have any effect on Regan. The demon being released from Regan is the best ending possible and what the viewer ultimately wants. In the end, both priests wound up dead and even priest Karras was possessed under his loss of emotions. The last symbolic moment I will discuss is, “The early manifestations of the demon as an 'imaginary friend' seem like a substitute for the girl's absent father. A different sort of Father restores the situation. Beyond this The Exorcist plays on the guilt of women moving into the work-place” (Cull 47). Around this time in age there was war going on and women moving forward in jobs positions. Her mother is much occupied with her career and if you notice they even give her a masculine name, Chris. The events that occur seem as though they are punishing her being a leader but as Regan becomes possessed you see her faith in humanity decline.
In conclusion, this film was amusing and many think a rebellious move in the horror movie genre. Themes such as good verse evil and questioning of family and friends relationships made this film a classic of its time. “The Exorcist did not drive America back to the church, but it did drive America back to the horror film. Its success ushered in a new

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