The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written....

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The Exorcist Reviews

  • Kemper

    You gotta be impressed with a book that inspires a movie that managed to turn entire generations off of pea soup.

    Chris MacNeil is an actress who is filming a movie in Georgetown when her young daughter Regan starts to exhibit bizarre behavior, and when medical science fails to provide any answers she turns to Father Damien Karras for blah, blah, blah, blah. There’s no point in a plot summary because we all know the set up on this one. It’s also one of those books where the film version has becom

    You gotta be impressed with a book that inspires a movie that managed to turn entire generations off of pea soup.

    Chris MacNeil is an actress who is filming a movie in Georgetown when her young daughter Regan starts to exhibit bizarre behavior, and when medical science fails to provide any answers she turns to Father Damien Karras for blah, blah, blah, blah. There’s no point in a plot summary because we all know the set up on this one. It’s also one of those books where the film version has become so well known that it’s nigh on impossible to separate the two versions. In fact, I don’t see how anybody could read this without hearing

    in their head.

    So just to get this out of the way: The movie is better. That’s not to say that the book is bad. Blatty does a very good job of putting us in a normal early ‘70s setting, and then he slowly turns the dials up from what seem to be mild annoyances to the point where Regan has been turned into a head-spinning puppet of the devil. I particularly liked how there’s a systematic investigation of all the non-supernatural explanations for Regan’s behavior, and that when the subject of an exorcism is first brought up it’s presented as a kind of psychological shock treatment rather than a needed religious ritual.

    The book has more of an underlying theme of questioning whether Regan is possessed that the movie lacks in part because once you see that kid’s demonic features and her head spin all the way around on screen, you know it’s supernatural in origin. Whereas the book can spend more time on the whole question of whether she is or isn’t while making the answer more a bit more ambiguous.

    Father Karras, a Jesuit psychiatrist suffering from his own crisis of faith, is also a great character to eventually put in the middle of this, and the way he swings from doubt to belief is well done. It’s also a nice twist that he’s kind of secretly hoping that Regan does have a demon in her because it would validate his beliefs. That doesn’t prevent him from questioning everything and seeking hard evidence to prove it. However, I did get a laugh that at this point in the ‘70s Blatty thought there was enough evidence for the existence of ESP to have Karras consider things like telepathy and telekinesis possible without being demonic in nature.

    So it’s a solid horror story that plays more with the suspense of making you question what’s happening to Regan rather than just making you ascared of the Devil like the movie does.

    One personal note: I had been meaning for a while to reread the old paperback I’ve had for years as part of my Rubbermaid Treasure reviews, but I just never seemed to get around to it. Then Audible had this on sale shortly before Halloween so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally get it done. It was only after downloading it that I learned that this version is actually the 40th anniversary edition in which the author rewrote parts of it, and since I last read

    something like 25 years ago I have no idea how much it differs from the original. So already this thing has turned from a simple gimmick review to what felt like a pain in the ass.

    Since I don’t have the time and/or patience to figure out all the differences I won’t dig into that, but I’m not calling it a Rubbermaid Treasure either since it’s technically a different book. I know that nobody but me cares about the stupid internal logic I use, but it nags at me if I don’t explain what I’m doing and why.

    I’ll also note that Blatty himself is the narrator for most of it, and it confirms my belief that most authors just shouldn’t read their own works aloud. Blatty isn’t the worst I’ve heard, and he seems to delight in evil laughter and doing the demon voice, but this really could have used a professional actor/narrator. It’s even weirder that he reads the Regan parts early on, but then a woman is brought in to do a child’s voice later to speak and sing as Regan’s ‘actual’ voice once she is possessed. It’s just jarring.

  • Stephen

    A

    ...unqualified, unadulterated and unequaled.

    How better to describe the definitive,

    edition of one of

    classic horror novels of the

    ...rendered in audio format and narrated with passion, verve and pitch-perfect delivery by

    himself.

    I’ve seen both the original and extended, remastered versions of

    several times and believe it ranks among the finest horror films ever made. Until this week, I had never read the source novel.

    A

    ...unqualified, unadulterated and unequaled.

    How better to describe the definitive,

    edition of one of

    classic horror novels of the

    ...rendered in audio format and narrated with passion, verve and pitch-perfect delivery by

    himself.

    I’ve seen both the original and extended, remastered versions of

    several times and believe it ranks among the finest horror films ever made. Until this week, I had never read the source novel. Now that I have, let me add to the film’s list of accolades that it's also one of the best film adaptations of a classic novel that I have experienced (along with

    and

    ).

    I’m going to test the limb and walk out onto it by assuming that most people, even if for some inexplicable or metaphysical reason have not either read the book or seen the movie, are familiar enough with the basic plot that I can dispense with any fear of spoilers. A sweet, pre-teen girl gets

    by a demon and proceeds to expel various manner of noxious excreta from her various orifices while hurling more barbs and insults than a Don Rickles standup routine. Throw in a grizzled exorcist, a dogged detective and a Jesuit priest with serious mommy issues whose suffering a crisis of faith and you’ve got the playbill for this diabolical dance of dread.

    Thus, wifhout worrying about spoilage, I am going to mention briefly what struck me most about the book and then finish with a quick “compare and contrast” describing where I thought the film and the novel, respectively, were the superior product.

    First and foremost, the single most impressive aspect of the book for me was the dense, lushtastically, beautiful prose employed by Blatty while converting this story from mind to paper. Given that Blatty did not become a prolific author (to my knowledge at least), I always assumed that the novel was standard fair that had just received a fabulous hollywood makeover into a successful film. Not only was I all the way wrong, but the film actually loses the rich psychologically melodramatic flavor of Blatty’s verse. In the novel, everything is hyper real and a casual look or a fleeting feeling might be imbued with vast significance. A little like an updated version of Lovecraft meets Tolstoy meets Kafka. I thought it was wonderful and attained the rank of esteemed literature in my opinion. A heart-felt

    to Mr. Blatty for his slick, stylish sentencing.

    Okay, let’s compare a contrast shall we....

    (***

    : shots from the film below may be shocking to some***)

    The visual effects employed in the movie were so

    scary at a gut level that they had my

    crawling up my tummy to

    against my liver. Thus, most of the following are moments in which the written word of Blatty just couldn’t compete on the terror scale with the film. Beginning with:

    : The transformation of nice, innocent Linda Blair into one of the foulest,

    freak shows in film history is something that the book could not adequately convey.

    The mismatched, demonic eyes...the pasty, cracked and

    skin, the raspy

    ” voice...it’s enough to cause temporary motor ataxia. The book, as good as it was, could not match this kind of visual perfection for visceral terror.

    : We all know the scene I’m talking about so let’s not belabor the point and allow this to slide into something we might all regret.

    Let’s all just back away and proceed without further comment, except maybe a cringing

    : Up next after

    is the immediately following scene in which little Regan does the full 360 degree, spine-defying glance around. I almost dropped my digesting dinner when I first saw it:

    If you are ever feeling irregular, this scene works better than a bran muffin and cup of coffee.

    : Only in the “extended” version, this bit of demonic gymnastics really

    :

    Three words:

    :

    Nuff said.

    In general, in almost every particular beyond the items mentioned above, the book was superior to the film and in some cases vastly so. Here are just the top reasons that come to mind.

    : I know, I know...I mentioned this above but dammit it really is that good. Blatty’s prose sucks you in with his vivid, impassioned prose that employs “over the top” nuance to make every step in the story feel like a necessary, critical piece of the puzzle. I can understand some feeling smothered by the narrative, but I found it enthralling.

    : This was one of several key pieces of information that did not translate well on the screen. The film leads the audience to believe that the demon possessing Regan is Satan himself. This is based in the quote: “I’m Father Karras” and the response “and I’m the Devil.” However, the book goes on to make clear that the demon is actually just that...a demon named Pazuzu. This ties into the beginning of the film.

    : The movie leaves no doubt that Regan was possessed and that she is saved when the demon jumps ship into Father Karras before the "now possessed" priest does a Greg Louganis out of the window. While mostly free from doubt, the novel does a superb job of leaving just enough of a crack open so that the question is never completely answered. I thought this added a substrate of eeriness to the story.

    : I may be one of the few people that loved Exorcist III (not to be confused with the visual turd known as Exorcist II). One of my favorite aspects of E3 was the witty banter and close friendship between Father Dyer and Bill Kinderman (played by George C. Scott). Turns out a chunk of their dialogue came from this book and their relationship is developed to a significant extent in these pages. Major bonus for me.

    : Just as the book could not compete with the visual perfection of the film, the film could not (for obvious reasons) come close to imbuing its telling with the stench described in the novel. The number of times Regan befouls her bed and deposits her insides as an act of belligerence towards Regan’s mom or the priests is an aspect of the novel that adds to the vileness of the demon inhabiting this sweet little girl. Also, the dialogue is far more severe in the book than the movie could likely have gotten away with at the time.

    : One fascinating aspect of the novel that was completely cut from the film is the in depth and detailed depiction of Satanic worship and some of the disgusting, sacrilegious practices performed at black masses. This was almost wholly absent in the film but made for compelling reading.

    Overall, I loved the movie but think the novel far surpasses it in its artistic merit. It is a true classic and one that I can not give a stronger recommendation for fans of horror.

    This was a special and very memorable experience. Thank you, Mr. Blatty.

    5.0 stars. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!I

  • Delee

    THE EXORCIST is on quite a few of my favorite lists.

    I have read this book once before, and I own- and have watched the movie numerous times. This time I listened to the audio book.

    It is my favorite movie poster.

    It has one of my favorite "the making of" documentaries. It's in my top ten favorite movie list, and top five favorite horror movie list...and now that I have listened to the audio book. Favorite audio book...by far.

    William Blatty's voice is like butter...slathered on the perfect horror f

    THE EXORCIST is on quite a few of my favorite lists.

    I have read this book once before, and I own- and have watched the movie numerous times. This time I listened to the audio book.

    It is my favorite movie poster.

    It has one of my favorite "the making of" documentaries. It's in my top ten favorite movie list, and top five favorite horror movie list...and now that I have listened to the audio book. Favorite audio book...by far.

    William Blatty's voice is like butter...slathered on the perfect horror filled bagel with cream cheese.

    Georgetown, Washington:

    Chris MacNeil- an actress, and her young daughter- Regan- are living in Georgetown, while Chris is filming a movie. And everything is going along hunky dory until Regan starts playing around with the Ouija board from the attic.

    Regan starts receiving messages from Captain Howdy- who at first, Chris sees as a harmless invisible playmate..until frightening things start happening in Regan's room.

    After a party at the Georgetown home- Chris cannot ignore the fact that something horrible is going on in her house, and with her once so innocent daughter.

    ..and when a person close to her is killed- she knows she must do something drastic- and seek help from people she never would have dreamed of asking before.

    THE EXORCIST- I can't recommend it enough. The movie...the book, and now the audio book. Go!! Now!! Watch! Read! Listen! I beg of you.

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    I get a wild hair every so often and recently I decided that I needed to go on a 1970s blockbuster horror novel extravaganza tour. It all started with shifted some books around and finding this

    well loved copy of

    that inexplicably found its way into my book collection. I’d swear it was stolen from one of

    I get a wild hair every so often and recently I decided that I needed to go on a 1970s blockbuster horror novel extravaganza tour. It all started with shifted some books around and finding this

    well loved copy of

    that inexplicably found its way into my book collection. I’d swear it was stolen from one of

    ’s now famous Rubbermaid container boxes of nostalgic paperbacks, but I gave my midget ninjas specific instructions NOT to take anything from Kemper’s abode, but simply take a look around, so the presence of this book on my shelves is still a mystery.

    When I was in middle school I rode the bus to school and every day this teenager with rumpled hair and scuffed motorcycle boots would catch a ride with us. He had been clocked for speeding by the cops and had led them on a merry chase around the countryside until he turned a corner too quickly, hit gravel, and rolled his car. He was a

    . Needless to say he lost his driving privileges for a long, long time. He would always sit in the front and there was always this sweet scent coming off his clothes that later when I went to college and attended my first party I had that ah ha moment. He’d lean back against the window and hoist those boots out in the aisle where we could all admire them. He always had a paperback novel with him, usually of the horror genre, and he would studiously ignore us and read his book. We of course were boring holes through him with fevered eyes because he was the most fascinating thing we’d ever seen.

    One day he looked back down the bus at us and said, “You want me to read you some of this?” as he flopped the latest paperback in the air. It was called

    . I don’t know if he understood or even understands today how cool a gesture that was, but it was pretty damn cool. So he started reading to us. We never got the whole story just bits here and there. Sometimes he would disappear for a while usually because he was jammed up in a little more trouble than normal. He’d show up with different paperbacks,

    ,

    ,

    ,

    , and

    to name a few.

    We were enraptured.

    He scared the crap out of us.

    The ghastly images those books inspired in my mind kept my eyes wide open late into the late which might have something to do with why my mom wouldn’t let me read such books.

    Those moments on the bus with him reading to us and scaring us are some of my most fond childhood memories. Boy, did we feel like we were getting away with something.

    So I started reading my ratty, not Kemper’s copy, of

    and could not believe how much I was struggling with the writing. The dialogue was horrible. How could this guy sell millions of copies of this book? I did some research. It seems that William Peter Blatty finished writing the rough draft of this book and was offered a lucrative screenwriting job and never polished the book. An editor, obviously not someone in the same category as Maxwell Perkins, allowed the book to go to print as basically a rough draft. Decades later Blatty is asked to read the book for the audio version. He kept having to stop to ask “who wrote this crap?” This story does have a happy ending. Blatty went back through and polished and rewrote and even added a critical scene to the book. It was released in time for the fortieth anniversary edition.

    The Dodge City Public library, they never has anything I absolutely need immediately, had a copy of the fortieth anniversary edition. Hallelujah! Praise the book gods!

    The difference between the books is a two star rating which I was already worried about how I was going to explain that rating to the legions of fans out there, and a four star rating which is much easier and much more fun to write a review for. So if you have thoughts of reading this book make sure you read the fortieth anniversary edition because as Blatty stated.

    This is a novel about a demon possession of a twelve year old girl, but Blatty also spends a good amount of time explaining the other psychological aspects that could be causing the symptoms other than a demonic possession. The priest Damien Karras, who also happens to be a psychologist, finds himself confronting not only an evil entity beyond his wildest imaginations, but also his personal struggles with his own faith. He is damaged, dark, and brooding...a magnet for women if he were interested.

    The thought that kept going through my head as I read this book is if you find proof of the devil or a demon or even true evil doesn't that mean you’ve found proof of God?

    Regan or Rags as her mother likes to call her starts exhibiting strange behavior, talking in tongues, and levitating. It is never really explained how or why she becomes possessed. Unless I somehow missed that part. Changing editions midstream has me a little worried about that as I did not go back and read the hundred or so pages that I’d read before the switch. She goes from being a creative, likable, normal twelve year old girl into something that is not only horrifying, but barely recognizable as human.

    Terrifying stuff!

    Media suggested hysteria.

    The church has a priest who had performed the last exorcism in 1949. He is an elderly Jesuit priest named Lankester Merrin. The two priests know they are over their heads, but in a true act of courage and faith take on the demon. No need for more details as I’m sure most of you have seen the movie and if you have not I would encourage you to read the book before watching the movie. The movie was nominated for ten academy awards and grossed over $441 million worldwide. No wonder the demand for priests and their knowledge of exorcisms went up exponentially. The tour of 1970s horror will continue with

    . Stay tuned.

    My friend,

    , supplied me with a picture of the house where the famous exorcism case happened in 1949. This was the case that inspired William Peter Blatty to write this book. Instead of a girl this case involved a thirteen year old boy named Roland Doe. Walter Halloran a Catholic priest of the Society of Jesus performed the exorcism. The setting: St. Louis, Missouri.

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  • Alejandro

    It was kinda hard to decide the rating on this novel.

    If I'd think only on the raw reading experience, I would say that it was a 3-star material.

    , I had to ponder about the whole additional info and further development of characters compared with my experience with the film adaptation (which certainly is one of my favorite horror films). So, I think that the fairest rating is giving a solid 4-star rating.

    Certainly due all t

    It was kinda hard to decide the rating on this novel.

    If I'd think only on the raw reading experience, I would say that it was a 3-star material.

    , I had to ponder about the whole additional info and further development of characters compared with my experience with the film adaptation (which certainly is one of my favorite horror films). So, I think that the fairest rating is giving a solid 4-star rating.

    Certainly due all those deeper details in the original book, I think that novel & movie make an irresistible combo to do.

    You watched the film, and then you'll appreciate even more the extended information that you'll find in the original novel, but in matters of frightening, well the movie has a clear advantage, but don't dismiss the novel so quickly.

    Since, may be not the best horror novel that I've ever read,...

    ...but certainly the book has...

    ...something to compel you to read it, and have it a huge respect to it.

    I am not surprised if almost any reader has watched the film before reading the novel..

    ...And my case wasn't any different.

    I have watched the three film versions: Original theatrical, "The Never-Before-Seen" version and the "Extended Director's Cut". Any comment that I'd make in this review about the film adaptation it will be based on the latest mentioned version, the "Extended Director's Cut", due it's the most complete and also it's the one that I have on Blu-ray so it's the one that I have more fresh on my mind.

    It's interesting how the film is generally accepted as the most terrifying movie of all time, while the novel doesn't keep that distinction. Actually the debate about which novel is the most terrifying of all, it's an endless dispute that I'm sure the general reading community never would be able to agree in a specific novel.

    While the imagination is the best special effects generator, I have to admit that it wasn't so shocking to read scenes than in the visual presentation where they are truly scary.

    Even, I don't know if there was the choice of words used in the narrative of the book, since I think that I'd some "technical" difficulties to visualize some of those scenes, if I wouldn't have previous notion of how they supposed to look like, thanks to the film.

    So, I am still glad of having read the original novel, since not matter the film adaptation covered the most important elements of the general storyline;...

    ...the novel indeed gives you enlighting info about the background of the characters, even "new" characters that didn't appear on the movie version, and deeper development of many of the scenes.

    On the film, you never have doubt that there is a demon inside of Regan,...

    ...but in the novel, there are plausible scenarios causing suspicions on other characters, with the chance of a more rational explanation.

    So, not so ironically, in the same way that you have faith to believe in God, well, the story requires of you to have "faith" to believe in the existence of The Devil.

    That, it's something so curious about many priests in Catholic Church, that I understand that there must be an investigation to discard a simpler explanation to some situations, but it seems that if you say that you're possessed by The Devil or to the contrary, you were witness of the word of God, in any case, the priests will see you as a perfect nut job to send to some psychiatric asylum.

    So, while the priests are supposed to believe in God, it's like they don't want to believe in the existence of The Devil, that's it's quite odd, since they are both sides of the same religious coin.

    Also, some elements in the novel, that you may perceive as "random" in the film version, even not clarify enough for really understanding why they are in the story, those elements are well developed on the novel and even making ties to the demon inside Regan that you may didn't think about before.

    Moreover, some reactions and conducts of the characters, knowing key info about their pasts, you can rationalize better why they are reacting in such ways.

    Even some conversations, they are the same in terms of dialogue,

    the mood of them are perceived in a different way in the book, giving some new angles to the dynamics between characters.

    That's exactly what I expect when I decide to read a book (original novel or novelization) when I already watched the film adaptation.

    Since while I invest only two hours to watch the movie, I can invest like a week (or more) to read a novel. So, if I read just the exact story on the book, I think that it would kinda pointless, but if I got enough additional info,...

    ...certainly then, it was well invested time.

    I think that the most effective element on the construction of the story is that you get a lot of arguments and plausible explanations of what it's going on, so in some reverse psychology gimmick, you get to believe more and more that Regan is indeed possessed by a demon.

    While in some other novels where they approach the paranormal angle directly, the reader tends to accept it without a doubt.

    Maybe you don't believe in The Devil or in God even, but don't worry,...

    ...since you also can say that you don't believe in Jupiter (the planet, not the Roman god) and that doesn't make that that planet isn't out there.

    Many people are atheists until they have to face a demon by themselves.

    And it's not like that I am saying that you have to believe in the Christian God, since while I am Catholic, my wish is only that all people believe in some higher power, that you may name whatever you prefer, but believe, in something higher than us.

    Since some others may call as unrealistic, to believe in gods or higher powers,...

    ...for me, not believing in some higher power, I'd call it as sad.

    Believe in God. Beware of The Devil. Both are real, not matter if you believe in them or not.

    Getting back to the book, I recommend the novel for any fan of the film and wishing to get a deeper developement on the story.

    P.S. (Updated Jan, 13th, 2017)

    I just knew that William Peter Blatty passed away. I'm glad that I was able to read his most iconic work way before he would die.

  • Rinda Elwakil
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

    Well, maybe I'm weird but I found the movie scarier than the book. Don't get me wrong, there are a few parts that gave me the heebie jeebies, but overall it didn't get me like the movie. Just getting the gifs for this freaking review had me all creeped out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is very disturbing though. Reading the stuff about people in the Black Mass and what they were doing. Uggg, no.

    I thought about getting a copy of the movie to watch again since I

    Well, maybe I'm weird but I found the movie scarier than the book. Don't get me wrong, there are a few parts that gave me the heebie jeebies, but overall it didn't get me like the movie. Just getting the gifs for this freaking review had me all creeped out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is very disturbing though. Reading the stuff about people in the Black Mass and what they were doing. Uggg, no.

    I thought about getting a copy of the movie to watch again since I have read the book but hell no. Just NO! The only reason I wanted to watch it again is because I wanted to see if they had some of the really disturbing things in the movie that were in the book. I wanted to see if they talked about all of the Black Mass stuff and different things that were in-depth in the book because I can't remember any of that stuff it was so long ago.

    I remember when I was younger I had a nightmare that she was coming after me on a bicycle! Lol, and it was scary as hell and seemed real. A bicycle though, heh!

    There is a part in the prologue that I didn't even realize was in another part of the movie until I read the book. It was about the demon when Father Merrin was overseas.

    This all started when Regan started playing with the ouiji board. People, just don't do it.

    Regan's mom Chris who is a movie star let her do it because she didn't think there was any harm in it. Although, she did have some trepidation when Regan started talking about a "Captain Howdy."

    Then things started to happen. Chris had Regan taken to all kinds of doctors and psych's until they finally said they need a priest. Ya think?

    Chris was able to get in touch with Father Karras through some peeps but he had to spend time with Regan to prove to the Bishop an exorcism was needed. The kind of proof he had to look for in the book was ridiculous. With all of the stuff going on with Regan they must have been out of their damn mind! That should have happened with no problems.

    And then we finally get Father Merrin =) I loved him and Karras.

    At any rate, the movie and the book were disturbing. Both in their own ways. The movie was scarier but the book had more detailed, disturbing stuff. Now I can only read normal horror for awhile!!

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  • Ginger

    I’m not going to go too much into a review of this book. I’m sure most of you have seen the movie.

    If you found the movie scary, the book is more horrifying in some ways. I think it's because your imagination is in overdrive. There were scenes in the book that had me cringing, gasping and I was totally creeped out. Also, the description of Black Mass was disturbing and I was on Wiki to look up more information. Holy Catholic hell?!

    High point of the book for me: All conversations with the demon an

    I’m not going to go too much into a review of this book. I’m sure most of you have seen the movie.

    If you found the movie scary, the book is more horrifying in some ways. I think it's because your imagination is in overdrive. There were scenes in the book that had me cringing, gasping and I was totally creeped out. Also, the description of Black Mass was disturbing and I was on Wiki to look up more information. Holy Catholic hell?!

    High point of the book for me: All conversations with the demon and the slow, devastating change of Regan. Jiminy Christmas!

    Low point of the book for me: Lieutenant Kinderman (just couldn't get into the character) and too much information on Father Karras’s background. I'm not sure why I didn't want his background. I guess I just wanted him to finally get to the action of saving Regan. I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one because the backstory was crucial to his faith.

    The movie at the end scared the bejesus out of me, but not as much with the book. So because of this, I’m giving the book 4.5 stars instead of the full 5. The Hollywood special effects at the end of the movie must have really scared the shit out of me.

    Overall,

    is a creepy and chilling classic. I really enjoyed this book and this is a must read for horror lovers!

  • Amalia Gavea

    Strange as it may seem, I hadn't watched the film version of

    until last summer. I know, shame on me, but you see, I thought I wouldn't be able to take it seriously. I don't believe in possessions or devils or any of these things, although I love to read about them. Of course, I knew of Blatty's novel and I was aware of the cutie little green Pazuzu-face of young Regan, but since I don't believe in the main theme of the story, I knew I wouldn't be able to appreciate the film, rig

    Strange as it may seem, I hadn't watched the film version of

    until last summer. I know, shame on me, but you see, I thought I wouldn't be able to take it seriously. I don't believe in possessions or devils or any of these things, although I love to read about them. Of course, I knew of Blatty's novel and I was aware of the cutie little green Pazuzu-face of young Regan, but since I don't believe in the main theme of the story, I knew I wouldn't be able to appreciate the film, right? Wrong! I admit I should have watched it sooner. I wasn't scared, however, only a little bit disgusted, but it was unsettling and full of interesting underlying information about psychology and the mentality behind the cases where exorcisms sounded as the best solution. Not to mention Max Von Sydow's formidable presence. Therefore, I eagerly searched for the novel and stared reading to appreciate the story under a new light.

    So, just as I believed, the novel is very, very good. Better than the film, its impact was felt immediately, and I must confess that I avoided reading it when I was alone in my house. I don't know why, but it made me nervous in a way the movie never did. To watch Regan's trip down to Hell, to anticipate the beginning of the child's ordeal was trully, trully agonizing. Naturally, this was possible due to the power of the author's writing. Blatty uses short sentences and everyday speech and the narration becomes much more immediate and the images more powerful. Certain infamous scenes of the film are a lot more graphic and highly disturbing in the book.

    As in the film, my favourite character was Father Karras. I have a soft spot for him- partly due to him being Greek- but I feel that he represents the heart of the story. The struggle to seek the answers to his questions, the doubts over his faith and the agony to help in the name of God, the insecurity and lack of faith to himself and his abilities as a priest and as a doctor, are issues that are daily relevant to a significant number of people. On the other hand, I never warmed to the character of Chris, Regan's mother. I admired the fact that she was down to earth and close to her daughter as much as possible, given her demanding profession, but for some reason, I consider her rather naive and a bit stupid, to be honest. Perhaps I am a little harsher than I should, but her interactions with Regan's doctors and with Karras didn't exactly make her look like the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    So, a great book that would have been a success even if the film had never come to pass. A loud applause to the producers who allowed Blatty to handle his own book and transfer it to the big screen, and the results are obvious in a well-made film that opened new paths to the Horror genre, Of course, on a personal note, it still can't hold a candle to

    . Oh, and that scene

  • Mia Nauca

    El exorcista es, sin lugar a dudas, el libro más terrorífico que he leído. Recordemos que el miedo es subjetivo, y mi debilidad siempre han sido las posesiones satánicas.

    No me esperaba el análisis psiquiátrico ni las explicaciones psicológicas para enfrentarnos a las posibles explicaciones de las "posesiones", pensé, que habría mucha religión involucrada y actos de fe, pero me encontré con razonamientos lógicos que la verdad nos dejan a todos una sensación de: ¿ok entonces, todo está en la cabe

    El exorcista es, sin lugar a dudas, el libro más terrorífico que he leído. Recordemos que el miedo es subjetivo, y mi debilidad siempre han sido las posesiones satánicas.

    No me esperaba el análisis psiquiátrico ni las explicaciones psicológicas para enfrentarnos a las posibles explicaciones de las "posesiones", pensé, que habría mucha religión involucrada y actos de fe, pero me encontré con razonamientos lógicos que la verdad nos dejan a todos una sensación de: ¿ok entonces, todo está en la cabeza o de verdad existe el diablo?

    Es un libro completamente engatusador y repugnante que me dejó realmente perturbada pero ¿en el buen sentido? Una obra maestra


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