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Regularly voted the scariest movie of all time, thanks to Friedkin's taut direction, wonderful performances [especially from Jason Miller as Father Karras and Ellen Burstyn, who damaged her spine carrying out one effect] and the gripping source material by William Peter Blatty [who has a cameo as the producer of the movie Burstyn is acting in], Many scenes have become the stuff of legend: possessed child Regan [Blair] vomiting pea soup or getting a bit graphic on the bed with a crucifix, but the creeping horror of the movie remains embedded in your mind well after the credits have rolled. A director's cut is available, featuring Regan's infamus spider-walk, alternate ending and "improved" sound but try and search out the 25th Anniversary Edition with the great documentary "The Fear of God".
Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to his groundbreaking "Pi" is a portrait of addiction, disturbing in the achingly emotive performances and in its suggestion we could all go down that road. Ellen Burstyn is Sara, whose addiction to sugar and television becomes an addiction to diet pills as she tries to lose weight to enter a tv game show. Her son, Harry [Jared Leto] is addicted to heroin, as is his girlfriend Marion [Jennifer Connelly]. This is not your typical drug-addicts-cleanup story, this is a stunning, brutal account of where addiction can lead all of us!