Friday, October 30, 1998 Published at 00:44 GMT
The scariest movie ever made?
Most of the action is restricted to Regan's bedroom
The 'scariest movie ever made' was released onto cinema screens on 31 October 1973 and on Saturday, in celebration of its 25th birthday, it is unleashed again.
The Exorcist, a film about the possession of 12-year-old Regan MacNeil and the eponymous exorcist's attempts to banish evil from her, has been banned from video in Britain for the last 14 years.
On the contrary Mr Ferman says: "It's that it is a very good film - one of the most powerful films ever made, and its that power that is a problem on video."
But Mr Ferman is retiring and Andreas Whittam Smith, the BBFC president, has said: "If The Exorcist is re-submitted for a video certificate, then we will have to reassess the situation."
Scotland gets it first
The film has been on release in Scotland since June. But do Scottish audiences think it stands the test of time?
These are comments made by those who have recently seen the film:
"I thought it was psychologically disturbing - the effects haven't dated at all."
"I was terrified by the thought of what was happening, and the thought of what was going to happen. There were lots of peple losing controls of their stomachs!"
"I find this quite hard to talk about. My boyfriend gave me tickets to see it for my 18th birthday. It was so disturbing that I'm now in counselling and I've split up with my boyfriend".
What the papers said
The film went on release in Britain in March 1974. Critical comment was varied.
But he went on to say: "Its ugly, threatening surface betrays no more real depth than 'I was a teenage werewolf'. If the film is a religious experience, I'm glad I'm an agnostic."
But with other ecstatic views, it seems the critics either loved or hated it.
Exorcist film 'led to girl's murder'
Harder, and more chilling, news was to be found elsewhere in the press.
The Sun's headline, as seen above, was part of their coverage, mirrored in the broadsheets, of the case in October 1975 of a 17-year-old Nicholas Bell who murdered a nine-year-old girl.
He claimed to have started having nightmares about Satan and mutilated birds after having seen the film.
Elsewhere, just a couple of months after the film came out a Daily Telegraph headline read 'Man jailed after 'Exorcist' attack'.
Then later in 1974 papers reported on the death of 16-year-old John Power who died of a fit after seeing the film. An inquest was ordered, and he was found to have died of natural causes.
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