The Exorcist exhibited multiple modern aesthetics as this horror film defined its time and genre. It aimed to truly frighten its audiences and keep them on the edge of their seat. There are many disruptions throughout the film as it jumps between the main story and smaller stories. The main character struggles to find himself and challenges his beliefs, reflecting on himself and his actions in the end. Audiences who did not enjoy the adrenaline rush caused by this film found it to be too horrific for theaters. Not only were audiences disturbed by the film’s contents, but also the way the film was put together.