The Almanac of Terror 2018: 88 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics on horror and horror-adjacent movies. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted according to their overall score.

Our classification method combines genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, creepiness and rewatchability.

The Exorcist

Different scientists and clerics attempt to heal a young girl believed to be ill or possessed.
United States
1973
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Relative: 
Offspring
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Hypnotist
Medium
Telepathist
8
Better the devil you know!
7.04
7.04
8
7.04
3
4
4
Effects
Editing
Ambiance
The Exorcist is a battle between faith and the devil. It is implied, here, that God exists. The concept is reminiscent of vampire mythos, but is adapted to an urban tale of demonology. One of the singularities of the film is that is contains virtually no humor. It takes its horror very seriously, like few of its cousins. It is sad, terrifying, disgusting, and generally conveys negativity.
Once rid of its convoluted first act, the movie wastes no time getting to the hard stuff. It is heavy on symbolism and hard-felt dialog, and uses the kind of filler that at least contributes to the suspense until the key scenes. In The Exorcist, Linda Blair plays a possessed child who swears, slaps her mother, masturbates with a crucifix, floats over her bed, and regurgitates on priests.
Judicious effects come into play to make this feel real. Some stunts are so violent they seem like they were not meant to be seen. The directing is impeccable. The pacing is effective in gradually dragging the audience in an increasingly troubling plot. It’s a gory, gooey and blasphemous masterpiece, and one of the best slow-burns of recent horror history.
Alternate Titles: 
William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist
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