If you're an adult and you're reading this, you probably know what The Exorcist is, if you don't, I'll tell you, it's not for scaredy-cats!
The first time I saw this movie, I was around 8 years old, I saw it with my grandfather who enjoys classic movies like The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, etc.
The result was: Until this day, The Exorcist is still the most frightening film I've ever seen.
This review will be about the story, acting and other things, because I'm a far more superior intelectual being than your probably stupid son/daughter who defines horror as "jump-scares" and doesn't care about the rest.
Alright, so The Exorcist is actually a book written by William Peter Blatty and was adapted to film by William Friedkin. It's about Regan McaNeil (Linda Blair), daughter of Hollywood actress, Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn). One day, Regan is in the house's basement and discovers a Ouija Board, -- who your son/daughter will probably call it "Game to Contact the Spirits" (Ignorants...) -- but she thinks it's just an ordinary board-game. Regan starts "playing" with it and discovers a mysterious entity named Captain Howdy. After Regan makes contact with the entity, strange things start to happen in the MacNeils' home and Regan starts having convulsions when in bed and she claims her bed shakes at night. Worried, Chris seeks medical attention by going to a psychiatric hospital to do some tests. While in the hospital, Regan is layig down on the examination bed and suddenly she opens her eyes a little bit. The shot then cuts to a dark image, revealing Captain Howdy's true face, an ancient, pale demon named Pazuzu that your kids will have nightmares from.
After conducting a series of exams, Regan is back home and one day her mom goes to her bedroom and is shocked by seeing Regan stabbing her "female parts" with a crucifix, while saying in an un-human voice "Let Jesus f*** you" over and over again.
This short segment of the film is just to give you a general ideia on what your child is sooner or later being exposed to.
As far as plot and story telling, Friedkin nailed it and you will be glued to the screen to see what happens next. Modern horror movies count on "boo" scares, (like your kids say), or the actual name "jump-scares" like normal people do, but The Exorcist is not. It's a non-stop ride of horror that is delivered through clever and effective scenes of pure suspense, building up the tension to then scare you like hell!
Acting: This movie has great acting from everybody and the actual exorcist is performed by legendary Max Von Sydow, who your kids probably never heard of. Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn also deliver a strong acting as Regan and Chris MacNeil.
Verdict: The Exorcist is still one of the most -- if not -- scariest horror movies ever made. It delivers fear through suspense and horror. It's obviously off limits for children as it includes swearing, "scary" images and demonic possession.
So, if you have kids, watch the movie without them, unless you want them to sleep with you again for 5 years but, if your kid enjoys decent horror movies like "The Shining", "Sinister", "The Omen", etc., I'm pretty sure this will make a great present. I bought this movie 3 times and they all disappear for some reason, which is a shame, because I really like the movie.
Remember, parents, if one of your kids states that, for example, "Saw", "Paranormal Activity", "Insidious", etc. is the best horror movie, go to IMDb and show them the score of their movie with The Exorcist (8.1/10).
Oh, and if your kid likes the modern, average crap of horror that's been being released, show them "The Exorcist" or "The Shining", which are the highest rated horror movies ever made (The Shining: 8.5/10)
Apart from Scott Derrickson's "Sinister", the 21st Century is pretty much rotten when it comes to pure horror movies.