ŞEYTAN aka TURKISH EXORCIST (1974) Reviews and overview

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Şeytan is a 1974 Turkish horror feature film directed by Metin Erksan, featuring Canan Perver as a twelve-year-old girl named Gul, living a high society life with her mother in Istambul, who becomes possessed by the Satan himself after experimenting with an Ouija board.

The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on November 1, 1974, is commonly known as Turkish Exorcist because of the obvious plot and stylistic similarities copied from William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973).


” …if anyone out there does seriously doubt the magnitude of William Friedkin’s accomplishment, they only have to watch Seytan, which presents every scene and every incident from The Exorcist, one after the other – and botches them, one after the other. On the other hand, Seytan does have something that The Exorcist does not, and that is The Single Funniest Thing I have Ever Seen Presented Seriously In A Motion Picture…” And You Call Yourself a Scientist

Seytan looks a lot cheaper than The Exorcist, with more primitive lighting and cramped sets, but Erksan and his team has made remarkable job to copy the original movie scene for scene, and even making the location look very similar…” Ninja Dixon

“If Seytan had gone to crazy town a bit more often and relied less on coloring between the lines, it could have been a cult classic in the truest sense of the phrase. I feel kind of bad comparing a multi-million dollar, iconic Hollywood film to a poverty-stricken foreign remake, but as it stands, it is a pretty weak facsimile of the original with a few fun moments.” Video Junkie

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