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'The Exorcist'

By DAVID WEINER

December 13, 2013

Director William Friedkin's frightening and controversial 1973 film remains the horror standard that all other possession films are compared to, especially with the extended director's cut in 2000 that restored that spooky "spider-walk" scene. Linda Blair plays young Regan McNeil, the daughter of an actress (Ellen Burstyn) whose strange behavior soon reveals itself to be a full-fledged demonic possession. Father Karris (Jason Miller) and Father Merrin (Max von Sydow) are recruited to perform an exorcism on the girl, resulting in a lot of levitation, a lot of cursing, a lot of mind games and a lot of pea-soup puke.

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