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Originally published: 1971
Author: William Peter Blatty
Followed by: Legion
Synopsis: One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd — levitating, speaking in tongues — her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.
Opinion: I’m going to start this review off with a little quote from my mom. It will kind of give y’all an idea of what I was expecting to feel going into reading this book. “…it gave me nightmares and I threw it in a dumpster because it was evil. I couldn’t sleep without the lights on for years after… I won’t even watch the movie now…” Now to the NYT quote, “There are not many readers who will be unmoved…” NYT Book Review. Maybe my expectations were too high? It wasn’t a bad novel, obviously, I still gave it 4 stars. It just wasn’t what I was expecting after all of the reviews and the hype.
I was severely disappointed. Yes, it’s scary, but it doesn’t get creepy until page 100 and then again until 200. I was really let down by this novel. REALLY LET DOWN. I don’t get all the hype. My mom said it’s because I don’t truly believe that something like that could happen. If I did then I would’ve been utterly terrified like everyone else.
Karras irritates me, along with Kinderman. The conversations felt forced and unrealistic. “What doin’?” Oh god why. Why. WHAT ARE YOU DOING. Not, “What doin’?” I read something that said this book was a draft that got published when the author went into directing? Don’t know how true this is because I couldn’t find the quote to link here, but it would make sense.
One thing to take away from this book, DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT play with a Ouija board. Don’t do it. I never have and I never will. I don’t want a Captain Howdy possessing me. I’m good y’all. I think playing with those boards opens a door. Maybe it didn’t scare me as bad as it did others because that’s how I feel they get in. I don’t know.
Y’all, I feel for Regan. I mean, whose mom just leaves a Ouija board laying around in the first place, but Jesus. This poor girl. She just bounces back in the epilogue like nothing ever happened. After what we read about her body changing, I don’t see how it just went back to normal after the demon left. I mean, you know home girls got some major back and neck pains. I did think something was going to happen with Sharon after them saying to watch out for her? And then nothing happened. I don’t know if they meant because she was having inappropriate thoughts about Karras? Who knows?
My Rating: ★★★★