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The Exorcist (1973)

  • Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair
  • Director: William Friedkin
  • Genre(s): Horror
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 122 min.

This Free Friday the 13th event is sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Library District as part of the ‘Oh, the Horror!’ program.

Summary: When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

"An expert telling of a supernatural horror story."
- Variety Staff, Variety
"The Exorcist, with its excellent cast, mounting intensity, and ingeniously constructed surprises, is still a commanding achievement."
- Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"If movies are, among other things, opportunities for escapism, then The Exorcist is one of the most powerful ever made."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives."
- Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The Exorcist, like most memorable Hollywood movies, gains its power from the way it mixes opposites: new-style realism and sexual radicalism, old-style horror and religion."
- Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Some movies aren't just movies. They're closer to voodoo -- they channel currents larger and more powerful than themselves."
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly