Distraught as her 12 year old daughter Regan (Linda Blair) becomes the subject of a harrowing supernatural possession, matriarch Chris (Ellen Burstyn) turns to the help of two priests to help rid her of her demonic spell. The young, faith-tested Father Karras (Jason Miller) and elderly archaeologist Father Lankester Merrin (Max Von Sydow) prepare for an exorcism to vanquish the unholy evil.
We actually hesitated a little before including The Exorcist in this year’s line-up. It’s a film so well-known and infamous that we wondered if there could possibly be anyone who hadn’t seen it. But then we saw sense: how could we have gone 18 years without screening it? In its 50th anniversary year we’re pleased to provide this chance to see one of the genre’s best on the big screen, and all the while honouring the late William Friedkin.