The Exorcist Movie Analysis

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''The power of Christ compels you! The power of Christ compels you! The power of Christ compels you!!! ...'' Father Merrin&Father Damien Karras from the movie -The Exorcist- This quote had been said like 10 times in quick succession in the movie ''The Exorcist'' and may have the right to be the most influental and memorable quote of the movie. Of course in order to underline the variety of ''exorcism'', the director of the film William Friedkin had to feature this quote out, which is actually a quote from Bible. But not only this one but also the other quotes -especially the obscene ones- have right to be the most memorable quotes from the best horror movie in 70s, ''The Exorcist''. But why do people think it's the best horror movie in that time and maybe in todays cinema? What makes it so popular? The scary scenes? The talent of the actors? The special effects (which some of them can be considered ''funny'' in nowadays horror movie technology) ? Or is it just the idea of exorcism,demons, etc.? Plot: ''A movie actress taking up temporary residence in Washington D.C. has her troubles. The script for the movie she's filming seems inadequate. Her ex, who is also the father of her adolescent daughter, Regan, neglects to call the girl on her birthday. And the attic has rats. Meanwhile, Father Karras, a priest and a psychiatrist, is losing his faith; and he's dealing with a sick mother who needs medical care he hasn't the money to provide. Another priest, the old and ailing Father Merrin, has just returned from Iraq with forebodings of evil. These three persons meet when the sweet and cheerful Regan turns foul-mouthed and violent. But her sickness is beyond the reach of a medical doctor or a psychiatrist. What Regan needs is an exorcist.'' Written by J. Spurlin from IMDB Obviously Exorcist is not a film just based on religion or nonhuman creatures. It refers also to lots of physchological and conservative problems if we look deeper to the plot. Starting from a single,famous mother who is trying to be a father figure for her teenage daughter.. Daughter's strange behaviours which can not be solved by psyhciatrists.. Moreover that psyhciatrists, that scientific people- offering to look for another solutions, trying to underline the presence of religion(?). And finally desperate, helplessness, agnostic or maybe atheist mother deciding to apply for exorcism as a final cure.. ''I like pizzas too, but I'm not gonna marry one..''

One of the most common seen problems in modern society, must be the idea of ''independence''. This idea mostly seen in families. Many people get married happily but also divorce after a while very quickly. They say they can't stand each other or they can't find enough time to be together, they want to be free, they don't want to care or try to explain something to their partners, they want to be independent, whatever. Divorces are made, the context of ''family'' gets lost. Of course children of that families grow up with lots of pshychological problems. We can see that problem in Exorcist, too. Chris MacNeil is a single mother, trying to raise her teenage daughter Regan on her own. But raising up a adolescent girl without a father is not that easy. Psychologists say, children who have no father figueres around, are growing up either too spoiled or too withdrawned. Regan can be considered as the spoiled one, because her mother tries to do everything for her, she tries to be a friend for her more than a mother. However Chris notices that sometimes she really need a father for her daughter. In some scenes we see that she tries to call Regan's father, but get no answer. And also we see that she has some relationships with other men. Maybe she is trying to find a new husband for her or maybe a new father for Regan. Regan MacNeil: But ya like him. (talking about her mother's close relationship with a man) Chris MacNeil: Of course I like him. I like pizzas too, but I'm not gonna marry one. Why Regan as a...
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