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Watch: Why the Power of ‘The Exorcist’ Still Compels Us

Watch: Why the Power of 'The Exorcist' Still Compels Us

William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty’s seminal embellishment on an actual 1949 case of exorcism is one of the most disturbing horror films of all time (particularly effective on lapsed Catholics). Its unprecedented success spawned a mini-genre of demonic possession movies the world over, as well as a couple of sequels and a prequel (which morphed into two different films). Ten Oscar nominations (including Best Picture, the first horror film to so qualify) yielded two wins for sound mixing and adapted screenplay.

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