The year is 1949, America and the world are recuperating after a second devastating world war. In the heart of Washington, at Georgetown University a young man, William Peter Blatty stumbles upon an article that instantly intrigues his catholic raised mind. The story concerned the apparent exorcism and eventual expulsion of a demon from a young boy, of no more than 13. The details of the story were sketchy, but the idea of demons, of priests acting as practising Exorcists stayed with Blatty, who more than 20 years later would use this terrifying tale, to create one of the most successful horror novels and films of all time, 'The Exorcist’.
Seeking help from local priest and friend, Father Thomas Bermingham (who also appears in the film), Bermingham acted as technical advisor, informing Blatty on the inside working of the priesthood and the ritual of exorcism. Blatty also wrote to the priest who had originally preformed the alleged an exorcism in 1949, so as to gain first hand testimony from a real exorcist. It’s this unwavering attention to spiritual and medical procedure that gives his novel a realistic and grounded foundation, one that he felt had been missing from other movies about the devil.
The 'Exorcist' is a horror masterpiece plain and simple, If your a horror fan or just simply love movies, you won't be disappointed by this down and dirty, hard knocks, classic of cinema, that sadly is a type of movie they just don't make anymore.