‘The Exorcist’ Intended As A Novel Of Faith
Many believe it is the most terrifying motion picture of all time, but the author of the novel that inspired The Exorcist insists he never planned to write a horror story. His real goal was to provide readers with a reason to believe in God.
As William Peter Blatty writes in the column at the Fox News link above: “When I first heard, in 1949, of an actual case of demonic possession and an exorcism going on nearby while I was a junior at Georgetown University, I remember thinking, ‘Someday, somebody’s got to write about this, because if an investigation were to prove that possession is real, what a help it would be to the struggling faith of possibly millions, for if there were demons, I reasoned, then why not angels? Why not God?’”
We believe that very idea is the reason why the movie terrifies. Unlike zombies, vampires, ghosts and witches, viewers sense a truth behind the story, a glimpse of hell as it may actually exist.