I was just a little too young when this film came out, and I’ve never cared for the horror genre. I can see why the film had an impact in 1973, but the questions that I always come back to with film: Did I enjoy the experience of watching it, or did it inspire me in some way?
Not really in either case.
The most compelling character was Burstyn’s, who lived through hell and stuck by her daughter all the way to the end. I would have preferred more of her, and less of the (usually campy) shock scenes.