Fearter rating: 9.5/10
If you haven't seen it, watch it. If you have, watch it again.
Review (contains plot details):
This film has ingrained itself into my mind, to the point where all I have to do is think about some of the imagery from it and I feel scared.
It is regularly ranked as the scariest movie of all time, for good reason. From Pazuzu's face which pops up every now and again just to make sure you can't sleep at night, to the scenes everyone is aware of (head rotating, bile spewing, levitation etc). But what makes this film so good, are the little details in it - the statue created in the bedroom, the shadow walking across the window. No matter how many times you watch it, it will always disturb you - often in different ways.
The whole film has a sense of dread about it. The now vintage look adds to the fear, as does the audio which somehow pierces the air and assaults your ears. The noises, from the blacksmith's hammer, to the groans of the possessed, seem more harsh than in other films - again making you uneasy.
This movie is not only life changingly scary, but it asks questions about beliefs, regrets, forgiveness and atonement. Everyone will take something different away from this movie - for me, it was sleepless nights and a demon's face that is so scary it has seared itself into my psyche.
Why isn't 10/10? Well the mother in it is quite annoying and there's one or two superfluous scenes I think they could get rid of e.g. the mother's film making scene at the university.
If you haven't seen this film, you really should - ideally in a quiet dark room. On your own if you're brave enough.