The film THE EXORCIST presents a harrowing account of the modern urban world ripped apart by an obscene, ancient evil. Film critic Mark Kermode here traces the film back to the alleged "real life" case and provides new insights into scenes cut from the released version as well as the film's special effects. Includes interviews with book author William Peter Blatty, director William Friedkin, and star Linda Blair. Color illustrations.
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