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  1. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Washington Post Obituaries? Almost as good as a Trudeau Eulogy.

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    • October 28, 2019, at 12:19 PM PST
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  2. DJ EJ Member

    The Exorcist is about a young girl becoming a woman? Um…yeah. You should write obituaries for the Washington Post, Klavan. Part of the plot is Father Karras finally abandoning his psychological interpretation of Regan’s behavior and physical afflictions when faced with the overwhelming evidence before his own eyes (and the arguments of Father Merrin) that it is the real presence of evil, a demon that is corrupting her body and mind.

    The solitary scene where the demon forces Regan to hurt herself in a sexualized way while speaking in a sexually explicit manner to the priests is not an analogy or allegory of men’s or people’s fears of a girl becoming a woman. It is the demon punishing, hurting, and degrading Regan’s body, illustrating its pure hatred of mankind and the physical body that God has given all of us. The corruption and degradation of God’s gift of sexuality is but one of many ways that the demon manifests itself and attacks Regan and the priests. There are multiple scenes of Regan puking green goo all over herself and other people. Is that analogous to people’s fears of overeating?

    The fact that the movie is based on a written account of an exorcism that took place in St. Louis and that the director William Friedkin is still really focused on demonic possession to this day (cf. his recent documentary “The Devil and Father Amorth”) also supports the Ockham’s Razor interpretation – the movie is about the real presence of supernatural, demonic evil in the world. Believe in demonic possession or not, that’s what the movie is about.

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    • October 30, 2019, at 4:07 PM PST
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