The classic horror movie got 10 Academy Awards nominations and has made its place permanent as the scariest movie of all time.
It has been 46 years since the release of one of the most iconic horror movies of all time. Yes, we are talking about The Exorcist. On December 26, 1973, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist hit the screens and changed the definition of horror movies. The month of December is usually reserved for family-friendly films and Oscar-contending movies, but every now and then, you will see a horror movie being released and more often than not, these movies particularly leave a mark in the mind of the audience for a long time.
When the world got acquainted with The Exorcist 46 years ago, it changed the horror genre permanently. It went on to become the second highest-grossing horror film of all time, Jaws being the first.
As reported by We Got This Covered, one critic Stanley Kauffmann writing in The New Republic, said, "This is the scariest film I’ve seen in years — the only scary film I’ve seen in years…If you want to be shaken — and I found out, while the picture was going, that that’s what I wanted — then The Exorcist will scare the hell out of you.”
Joe Dante also heaped praises on the movie, Variety reported, "An amazing film, and one destined to become at the very least a horror classic. Director William Friedkin’s film will be profoundly disturbing to all audiences, especially the more sensitive and those who tend to ‘live’ the movies they see…Suffice it to say, there has never been anything like this on the screen before.”
The movie got 10 Academy Awards Nominations and has made its place permanent as one of the scariest movies of all time. It is inspired by the novel by Peter Blatty, which is inspired by a real-life exorcism that took place in 1949, even though he changed many of the details of the event for his novel. When Blatty was approached by Warner bros. he insisted that Friedkin direct because he had such respect for him after seeing his The French Connection. It took Friedkin over 200 days to shoot the entire movie, but every amount of his hard work paid off.
The Exorcist is the first horror movie to be nominated for Best Picture. Domestically, the movie earned $193 million upon its initial release and spawned two sequels. two mediocre prequels and an amazing TV series. Hence, it is very clear that the footprint it has left in the world of cinema is quite prominent.