The older I get, the sadder it seems: Regan in the hospital, Chris’s first meeting with Karras, the Devil speaking in Mary’s voice.
I must have seen it a dozen times, but watching it a few weeks after First Reformed was revelatory. A call and response across the gulf of forty five years. Sorcerer, Dominion and Bringing Out the Dead connect the dots. The essence of God’s lonely men.
It’s crazy that The Exorcist is the most hopeful of the two - at least Friedkin names his devil.
“He wants us to despair.”