How did the film’s components match with the horror genre?
The “Mise en Scene” in the movie “The Exorcist” is allied most with the horror genre in that it
could be unsettling for many viewers. The effect exists in evoking a medley of fear, disgust and
horror. Not so much the costumes, but the choice of focus and the “mistrustful” blocking done
startles. The scenes: with older artifacts in the background – subtly remind of the macabre, while
again, the focus could be on ordinary talk. The pure white dress of the two clergymen-exorcists
brings out the stark contrast to the theme of the absolute devilish horror the film wants you to
The cinematography is sudden at times, cutting into scenes or pushing the viewer into others.
The artifacts and the dim lighting in the house is to keep reminding the viewer he is to expect to
be horrified. Sound effects are chilling. The sudden noisy intrusions break the otherwise very
quiet scenes in violence almost. The montage keeps us guessing the turn the story would take
next – a powerful tool since there is no movement in the script.
How did the film’s components match with the comedy genre?
The components of the film are entirely incongruent with the comedy genre. “The Exorcist” is a
classical example of an intrinsically horror inspiring film. The relief from comedy is meager and
unsatisfactory – even the biggest sense of relief that comes when the child is eventually liberated,
is tempered with the priest’s death. The components are faithful to the macabre tail (or theme).
All amount of humor or amusement is almost unnecessary while the scenes unfold. The viewer’s
eye merely follows the camera – which carefully avoids a respite from shock and horror. The
only peace viewers would know would come from silence, instead of tapes of merriment.