The Exorcist boasts many moments that stick in the memory but few images from the film are as iconic as seeing Father Merrin arriving to be faced with this…
The above image is a slightly stylised version of the shot that appears in the film but whether you see it in colour or black and white this magnificent image never fails to unsettle. Inspired by the Rene Magritte painting named The Empire of Light, this high contrast frame shows a beam of light shining from the possessed girl’s home. The light, through the darkness and the haze, picks out the exorcist Father Merrin – the man who is both the teenage girl’s saviour and the demon’s nemesis.
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Jurassic Park – Even without the low rumble of an approaching dinosaur, and the resulting ripple of the water in the cup, this simple image sends shivers through audiences who have witnessed Jurassic Park.