Faith, Doubt, and Existential Horror | Part 1: The Exorcist’s Father Karras

By Jerry Smith

Author William Peter Blatty at a news conference in Tokyo in 1974.
L: ‘The Exorcist’ 1971 first edition book cover. | R: ‘The Exorcist’ (1973) film poster.
Vincent Russell as The Homeless Man and Vasiliki Maliaros as Mary Karras in ‘The Exorcist’ (1973).
Jason Miller as Father Damien Karras and Max von Sydow as Father Lankester Merrin in ‘The Exorcist’ (1973).

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