"The Exorcist" is a horror film directed by William Friedkin and released in 1973. The movie is based on the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, which was inspired by a true story of exorcism that took place in 1949. The film follows the story of a young girl named Regan who becomes possessed by a demonic entity. Her mother enlists the help of two priests, one a young, inexperienced priest, the other an aging, doubting priest, to perform an exorcism to save her daughter's life.
The film was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time and winning two Academy Awards. Despite its success, the film was also controversial, with many viewers finding it too frightening and some religious groups objecting to its depiction of demonic possession.
"The Exorcist" is considered a classic of horror cinema and is widely regarded as one of the best horror films ever made. It is known for its intense and frightening scenes, including the iconic image of Regan's levitation, her vomiting green bile, and her profanity-laden outbursts. The film's use of sound effects and music is also widely praised, with the eerie, atmospheric score by composer Mike Oldfield becoming a classic in its own right.
Despite its age, "The Exorcist" remains a popular film, inspiring countless remakes and sequels, and continuing to scare audiences with its powerful, timeless depiction of the battle between good and evil.