It starts off slow, with Eastern prologue type scenes similar to the
This troubling behaviour continues and secretly Chris suspects her daughter may have killed one of her friends. Several painful tests later the doctors are none the wiser, at first thinking Regan has a lesion on her brain. Believing her symptoms to be psychosomatic, and after exhausting all other possibilities, one of the doctors suggest an exorcism. His idea is that if she believes she is possessed by a demon, she should also believe this will remove it from her body. In fact, I’ve seen many documentaries on this subject, where exorcisms are merely a procedure used to rid the patient of dark and destructive thoughts. The ritual is quite traumatic and in some cases causes the “evil” to leave the body by way of vomiting.
Just looking at stills from this film is frightening. I think this is because for the most part the scary scenes don’t rely on the jump factor. They are played out in real time with you, an innocent onlooker, letting these scenes creep up on you. The dreamlike feel makes this less of a scary film but more of an experience. You cannot watch The Exorcist and not be touched by the oppressive atmosphere or be inspired by its message of hope. So much history and rumour surround this movie, much of it probably made up but you wouldn’t be blamed for wanting desperately to believe, just as I do, that the film itself is so powerful and full of evil that it infected the world around it.
So that brings us to contest time again. Yeah, I’m hawking something new. If you want the chance to win this piece of Exorcist artwork painted by moi, just follow these rules.
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- One entry per person.
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- Contest closes at 23:00 GMT on the 23 April 2010.
- Open internationally.
One winner will be selected at random and I will announce the result by the 26 April. God bless you, fingers crossed, touch wood.
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