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Tonight on TV: Released 50 years ago in France, this film remains one of the most terrifying in history

Tonight on TV: Released 50 years ago in France, this film remains one of the most terrifying in history

Tonight on TV: Released 50 years ago in France, this film remains one of the most terrifying in history


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The 1970s were a fantastic time for American cinema, with the young generation of New Hollywood churning out one classic after another. French connection, The Godfather, Taxi driver, Jaws, Journey to the End of Hellto name just these, among many others, that have marked the history of cinema. In all genres, directors try to bring realism and truthfulness, without necessarily imagining that this new cinema that delights critics would also be a great success at the box office.

It was during this golden age that in 1973 William Friedkin, crowned with great success French connectionawarded among other things with the Oscar for best film and best direction, he directs, in the almost documentary style that he likes and that makes him successful, The Exorcist.

Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) - The Exorcist
Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) – The Exorcist ©Warner Bros.

Actress Chris McNeil is worried about her little daughter Regan: after strange noises were heard coming from her room, the little girl has changed, constantly hurling insults. It is inhabited by a paranormal force, which costs Chris’s director his life. Desperate, he turns to two exorcists…

The scariest movie ever (and one of the most profitable)

Interspersed with cult sequences: the descent of the stairs, the head turning 360°, the jet of vomit, etc., The Exorcist tells a story of extreme demonic possession that terrified all moviegoers when it was released in the United States in 1973 (in 1974 in France).

Considered a great classic of horror cinema, the American Film Institute classified it as such in 2001. The third best thriller of all time of American cinema after Psychosis AND Jaws. The Exorcist It is also the first horror film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. He gets 2 Oscar for 10 nominations (Best Sound Mixing and Best Adapted Screenplay) and 4 Golden Globes (Best Drama Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress).

After a “cursed” production that has become legendary – Ellen Burstyn’s serious back injury, significant delays in filming, a fire on the set, an accident involving the actor’s son Jason Miller, etc., the release of The Exorcist in theaters is a great success. With its releases it has reached a total of $441 million of worldwide box office receipts, for a production budget of 12 million dollars. And taking inflation into account, its adjusted global box office in constant dollars starting in 2023 theoretically amounts to $9.3 billion.

50 years after its release, The Exorcist It had several sequels but none reached its level. A horror masterpiece, it has not aged at all and remains one of the greatest cinematic experiences in history, bringing together all genres.

Source: Cine Serie

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