Feminist tensions in exorcism cinema, Part 1: The Exorcist (1973)

I am currently collaborating on a project with Dr. CarrieLynn Reinhard of Dominican University, in which we propose to examine the feminist tensions that exist within what we are calling exorcism cinema. In her latest blog post, Dr. Reinhard discusses The Exorcist (1973, dir. William Friedkin), which is arguably the most famous exorcism film, and the one that is almost solely responsible for establishing the genre in the first place.

“As previously mentioned, we could not do this project without considering the series of movies that began with William Friedkin’s 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist, released by Warner Brothers and based on William Peter Blatty’s bestselling 1971 novel. I had only seen the movie once before, and it is one of Chris favorites. We watched the Extended Director’s Cut that was released in 2000. Before seeing the movie, I had read a more recent edition of the novel, which included more scenes that had originally been edited out.”

You can read more at Dr. Reinhard’s blog right here.

2 thoughts on “Feminist tensions in exorcism cinema, Part 1: The Exorcist (1973)”

    1. Thanks! We are hoping to make it as comprehensive as possible, and have been watching exorcism films of all sorts from the 1970s onward. If you have any suggestions on films we should check out, or other directions for our research, we would love to hear them.

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