The Exorcist

Movie • 1973 • Horror  

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12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.
This movie contains 57 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Abandonment
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Dr.Teatime
Regan has an absentee father who doesn't show up in the movie.
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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Is someone stalked?
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SparkieKong
Regan does beat the snot out of her mom, but it's just the demon and not really her.
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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text
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Aulynduel
A mother tells her daughter’s doctor that something unexplained happened and he told her that it wasn’t the problem, that it was a hallucination.
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Is a child abused?
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SparkieKong
Yes and no. She's possessed and to keep her from hurting herself or others, she's tied to a bed. It's not abuse per se... as her family is trying to protect her, but some might feel it to be.
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Addiction
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burntheworm
misprescribed mediation is injected often in this movie. no person suffers from addiction, and when drugs are brought up the mother says "i dont even smoke grass". all drugs in this movie are used in ways that would be medically responsible-ish (for the 70s) if the patient were not demonically possessed.
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Is there addiction?
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calvinball81
A secondary character is shown drunk and verbally abusive in several scenes.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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Are animals abused?
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Buzzhive17
Around the time stamp 00:09:55, there are two dogs fighting each other, but they're only on screen for a little while and the rest is just intense growling
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Is there a dead animal?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
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Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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burntheworm
the possessed child is twelve years old and demands sexual things of many of the adults around her. none even remotely reciprocate her demands, but if you are uncomfortable with a twelve year old demanding to be assaulted by most people she meets this may not be the movie for you.
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Is someone held under water?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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the main character is restrained to her bed while she's possessed to detain the demon
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SparkieKong
Technically the demon Regan's possessed by assaulted her with a crucifix.
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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Anonymous
See the section on genital trauma.
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Bodily Harm
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5
Regan is shown with more cuts on her face as the movie progresses, but she’s never seen cutting them.
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Are any hands damaged?
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Are there dislocations?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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TheDreammweaver
In a lot of scenes with the demon wheezing can be heard.
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Is there decapitation?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone choked?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Dr.Teatime
Regan turns her head in a full circle.
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Is there amputation?
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Anonymous
No, but a girl literally spins her head in a complete circle.
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone become unconscious?
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Does someone break a bone?
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Raygender
A child experiences convulsions for much of the film due to demonic possession. She is initially theorized to have a seizure disorder.
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TheDreammweaver
The demon stabs Regan (looks like Regan stabs herself) in the genitals with a crucifix.
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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burntheworm
two men fall down the stairs to their deaths, one onscreen and one off.
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sereqnity
At the end of the exorcism, the demon enters Father Karras and while possessed he jumps out the window, rolls down a large flight of stairs and falls to his death
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Leota
No, but physically altered eyes (ex. rolling in the back of the head, bloodshot)
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Is someone stabbed?
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Anonymous
Yes, in the genitals with a metal cross
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3
i don't know what would be considered excessive, but some parts are pretty upsetting and/or disgusting
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Raygender
No, but the plot centers around a child in mortal danger.
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Dr.Teatime
The demon possessing Regan says a lot of vulgar things, telling others to fuck her and such.
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Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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Death
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Anonymous
It happens at the end of the film. A major character kills themselves to save Regan, the possessed child.
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One of the major characters dies at the end
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burntheworm
the demon probably does at the end
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Does someone die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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sereqnity
The priest's mother dies
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Does someone cheat?
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does a family member die?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Quad
At least twice in the movie there are “subliminal images” of a demon that pop up for a millisecond or though. Debatable whether they’re jumpscares, but I say they are. Made me jump. There may be more jumpscares though, I didn’t finish the movie.
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AdhesiveMadMan
It's called "The Exorcist" for a reason.
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Are there ghosts?
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burntheworm
the possession is done via demon but the demon seemingly channels a priest's dead mother to taunt him
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Are there clowns?
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Are there natural bodies of water?
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
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Leota
There is a bath scene though (not sexualized)
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Are there mannequins?
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Gross
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Regan wets herself during the party scene after telling a man he’s going to die.
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Does someone vomit?
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sereqnity
The girl projectile vomits on the priest when she first meets him. She also vomits during the exorcism
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Is someone eaten?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Does someone spit?
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5
Regan spits at a docter towards the very beginning.
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Is there audio gore?
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Is there farting?
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Large-scale Violence
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burntheworm
movie is from 1973
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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Is there incarceration?
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is an LGBT+ person outed?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Loss
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burntheworm
no, but the movie does open on an archeological expedition in iraq. it is shot very neutrally and nothing is destroyed, just excavated and observed.
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Medical
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burntheworm
no, but the phrase "shock therapy" is used to refer to a therapy that is jarring instead of actually using electricity
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sgeorge2
There is a prolonged scene of Regan undergoing a procedure that requires a needle to be inserted into her throat while she is conscious and clearly distressed, and this is supposed to be suspenseful to the viewer as we wonder if she will have another possession attack.
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spaghettiregretti
Father Karras' mother is put into a mental institution early in the movie, there is only one short scene here
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AdhesiveMadMan
A young girl is put through two medical procedures: Carotid angiography, and pneumoencepholography. The former was performed by actual medical staff and the procedure was carried out in real-time.
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Is there menstruation?
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12
Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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Anonymous
There’s literally a mental institution scene where some of the people pictured were actual patients being filmed without knowing
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0
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sereqnity
While possessed she hurts herself with a crucifix multiple times
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Is autism misrepresented?
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Yes
2
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Raygender
A character is incredibly violent due to possession, but this is initially attributed to a mental or neurological illness by family and doctors.
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Anonymous
There is mention of the possessed girl possibly having a “split personality”, and the demonic possession is sometimes referred to as “her personalities”
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burntheworm
there are a few dream sequences but it is made clear when the characters are sleeping ahead of time
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burntheworm
there are many instances of regan acting uncontrollably, and near the end she is holding herself shaking in the corner of a room begging for her mother to help her. this is more evocative of a meltdown than truly being one, but keep it in mind.
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Is there misophonia?
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24
Is there ABA therapy?
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12
Is there body dysphoria?
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Yes
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TheDreammweaver
No body dysmorphia, that’s a self image disorder. There is body horror but 0 body dysmorphia.
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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2
I consider some of the hospital scenes a little claustrophobic
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NotAgainAllison
NO BUT SHE DOES HAVE AN NJ TUBE SO THAT COULD TRIGGER SOME PEOPLE
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burntheworm
no character in the movie has autism, but while theyre misdiagnosing regan they give her some medication thats been used on kids with ADHD and autism. that paired with her being regularly restrained does evoke a few things related to autism specific abuse.
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sgeorge2
At the end of the film a man jumps from a window and dies
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
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Are there underwater scenes?
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Does a baby cry?
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BrookletHill
In an early scene where Father Damien goes to his mothers apartment, you can faintly hear a baby crying in the background
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Is there shakey cam?
24 supporters
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25
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TobiWobi
There are multiple “earthquakes” during the exoricsm
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Is there screaming?
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5
The demon says a lot of unpleasant things through a child's mouth
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Quad
At least twice in the movie “subliminal images” of a demon pop up on the screen for a millisecond or so. Just one flash each.
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
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12
Is the fourth wall broken?
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19
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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18
Is there childbirth?
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31
Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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18
Does someone miscarry?
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35
Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Does the black guy die first?
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Yes
40
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1
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Leota
Regan says the F-slur while possessed
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burntheworm
there is a scene where a drunk man at a party harasses a swiss server by calling him a nazi over and over. when the server is held back after hitting him, he can be heard yelling "i'm jewish!" as he is pulled away from the man harassing him. the swiss man is seen to be fine later in the film.
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
21 supporters
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6
sereqnity
Reagan says many offensive things while possessed
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
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12
Does an LGBT person die?
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Yes
1
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39
Yes
7
No
22
Are there n-words?
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26
Is there aphobia?
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14
Race
Is there blackface?
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Yes
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10
Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Yes
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14
Religious
Yes
14
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0
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burntheworm
the main exorcist is undergoing a crisis of faith over the course of the movie
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Yes
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0
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jdpamv
Yes, the whole plot is about trying to exorcise a demon.
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Sex
Yes
53
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0
3
Foul language/sexual remarks made by the demon possessing Regan…
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Yes
17
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0
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TobiWobi
The demon calls Regan a sow and proceeds to do sexual things to her own body
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Yes
4
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12
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Metta
no nudity on screen. there is one bathtub scene but we don't see the characters body below the shoulders
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Is there bestiality?
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17
Is there BDSM?
12 supporters
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1
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7
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spencerinjection
Minor spoiler

No BDSM but the demon does sexually torture the child it is possessing in one scene and force her to sexually torture her mother. None of this is consensual BDSM obviously, but if someone is triggered by BDSM, this scene will be triggering.
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burntheworm
ummmm the scene where the 12 year old stabs herself repeatedly in the genitals with a cross results in a lot of blood going everywhere. it is likely mutilation but you could also read it as the demon "popping her cherry" and making her bleed that way. it is probable that she does lose her virginity in this instance.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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1 supporters
Yes
27
No
11
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reeah
The demon shoves the mom's face into Reagan's bloody pubic area while having Reagan scream "lick it"
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Sexism
Yes
0
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17
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Cryptid_Crow
The eldest priest takes nitroglycerin tablets for a heart condition.
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5
4
The priest mother gets put into an hospital for dementia
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Is someone terminally ill?
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1
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8
Social
Yes
12
No
6
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BrookletHill
Father Damien talks to a homeless man near the beginning of the movie.
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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0
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11
Are there fat suits?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
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10
Yes
2
No
6
0
burntheworm
themes of death, god, and the afterlife are present throughout the movie
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Yes
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33
Are there end credit scenes?
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1
No
10
Yes
16
No
26
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TheDreammweaver
Yes and no. Regan isn’t possessed anymore but the priests who saved her died.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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33
Does a car honk or tires screech?
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15
Does a plane crash?
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Yes
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34
Is someone hit by a car?
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32
Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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35
Is there blood/gore?
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50
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1
Does someone drown?
10 supporters
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Yes
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32
Is there gun violence?
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1
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