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Save the relationship: Just who was the original Exorcist? Is this a trick question?

Mike Selby wrote:
Who is THE EXORCIST in the original movie?  Is it Father Karras or Father Merrin?  I am having an argument with my girlfriend.

Ahh, the kind of hard-hitting questions your good friend Captain Howdy likes to answer!  I sure hope you were arguing that FATHER MERRIN is The Exorcist, Mike “ because that is the correct answer.  Father Merrin is, was and will forever be The Exorcist.  Father Karras was simply the priest who met with Regan and helped the church approve an exorcism.  Technically, yes, they both perform the exorcism at the end of the film “ but without a doubt the title, and the ˜hero’ character of the entire film The Exorcist is Father Merrin.

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  • cappy

    Hmm..You know, while father Merrin is the exorcist, I’ve read in a few places, that many will condiser father Karras to be the actual ‘hero’ of the movie (as in the ‘tragical hero’), and I must say – I agree(:

    What do you think?

  • cappy

    Hmm..You know, while father Merrin is the exorcist, I’ve read in a few places, that many will condiser father Karras to be the actual ‘hero’ of the movie (as in the ‘tragical hero’), and I must say – I agree(:

    What do you think?

  • Pagan

    I agree with you there cappy.

    I have never had any doubts that Father Merrin is the real exorcist

  • Pagan

    I agree with you there cappy.

    I have never had any doubts that Father Merrin is the real exorcist

  • They are BOTH €˜tragical€’ heroes, I guess. They both die trying to save Regan. Clearly, though, Merrin is the key hero. The film spends the opening 15 minutes with him, and he gets the dramatic reveals when it comes time to perform the exorcism.

    Also, without Merrin, I really believe Karras would not have gotten through the first passage of the exorcism.

  • They are BOTH €˜tragical€’ heroes, I guess. They both die trying to save Regan. Clearly, though, Merrin is the key hero. The film spends the opening 15 minutes with him, and he gets the dramatic reveals when it comes time to perform the exorcism.

    Also, without Merrin, I really believe Karras would not have gotten through the first passage of the exorcism.

  • SLASHerMan

    Merrin is The Exorcist. It’s as simple as that.

    Hate it that the back of my Swedish Exorcist book reads
    “There was only one thing to do – call in Father Karras..The Exorcist.”
    They got it very wrong..

  • SLASHerMan

    Merrin is The Exorcist. It’s as simple as that.

    Hate it that the back of my Swedish Exorcist book reads
    “There was only one thing to do – call in Father Karras..The Exorcist.”
    They got it very wrong..

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  • heli

    Come on!!!
    It is actually a little bit absurd such a question!!!!!!
    The Exorcist is Merrin… Who else????
    Karras appears as part of the history but He was
    not a activ priest until He learn about Reagan…
    Furthermore, Merrin perform the exorcism ritual
    in a more proffesional manner than Karras (Remember
    when Merrin is reading the ritual, Karras was astonished
    because of the shaking bed)

  • heli

    Come on!!!
    It is actually a little bit absurd such a question!!!!!!
    The Exorcist is Merrin… Who else????
    Karras appears as part of the history but He was
    not a activ priest until He learn about Reagan…
    Furthermore, Merrin perform the exorcism ritual
    in a more proffesional manner than Karras (Remember
    when Merrin is reading the ritual, Karras was astonished
    because of the shaking bed)

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