8. The Exorcist
directed by William Friedkin
The Exorcist is that rarity seemingly made just for movies – a pulp horror film with depth. Couched in the battle between God and the Devil, with an old priest and an unleashed horror as stand ins, this fight over the soul and body of a young, unsuspecting child is absolutely riveting and completely terrifying. The Exorcist is a movie about the horror of belief – the thought that there are unseen, unknowable powers that can and do strip you of your agency, playing war with your tattered body in a fight as old as time. Unlike every other exorcism movie out there, existing for cheap thrills and a catalogue of body contortion, this film is about addressing this belief system as reality, undeniable and often malevolent, and asking what, exactly, is the worth of the creatures these powers play with? If He exists, is it possible God can love us, despite the horrors of existence, of human, and superhuman, depravity? A pulp horror that places the beliefs of billions in extremis, The Exorcist is a searing, horrifying examination of belief and the place of humanity in the cosmos.
Thats three mentioned from my top ten and im guessing that my remaining seven isnt gonna fill the remaining spots. Or are they? *thunder and lightning in the background*
Wow, I expected The Exorcist to top the list. It’s certainly my favourite horror film. It’ll be interesting to now see what does top the list… Psycho? Rosemary’s Baby? I hope it’s not The Shining…
I hope Jonathon is okay after the reveal of the number one spot.
Here’s and interpretation that, though sometimes far-fetched, rightly (imho) explains the Exorcist as a story of child molestation.