The extended cut of William Friedkin’s epochal classic now in circulation barely extends its original runtime—a few fleeting bits, some of which you might miss. That’s a good thing. If you haven’t seen The Exorcist lately, there are probably a few more scenes than you remember involving people in overcoats and scarves having concerned conversations. But Friedkin summons an air of creeping unease throughout, and once a Georgetown tween (Linda Blair) starts showing signs of demonic possession, the film still unnerves and shocks with considerable frequency and power. -LG
1973 William Friedkin. 1.85:1 Color DCP 121 min.