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R.I.P. EXORCIST Creator William Peter Blatty

Novelist, screenwriter and creator of THE EXORCIST William Peter Blatty has sadly passed away. He was 89. Director William Friedkin, who helmed the classic film adaptation of THE EXORCIST was the one to break the news via Twitter. William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday — William Friedkin […]

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6 Things We Learned From Scream Factory’s THE EXORCIST III Blu-Ray Release

It’s a great time to be a fan of THE EXORCIST. William Friedkin’s 1973 film adaptation of the novel by William Peter Blatty has long been considered “the scariest movie of all time,” and for most people, that title remains firmly intact, despite the existence of a few misguided sequel/prequels sharing the same name. There is […]

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The Horrifying True Story Behind THE EXORCIST: The Possession of Ronald Hunkeler

William Peter Blatty’s novel THE EXORCIST (1971), later adapted into a film by William Friedkin in 1973, sparked an intense curiosity in the world of demonic possession. Exorcisms were rarely practiced before the novel, and film brought the practice to the main stage. So then what was the inciting incident that inspired Blatty to delve into […]

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Battle of the EXORCIST Prequels — EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING vs. DOMINION

How can one gauge the impact William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel THE EXORCIST — and the subsequent 1973 film — had on popular culture? In 1973, the notion of a nationwide super-hit was still something of a novelty (1972’s JAWS was the first film to be released in theaters nationwide simultaneously, ushering in the modern […]

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EXORCIST III Getting A Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray From Scream Factory!

It’s been rumored since December of last year, and now Scream Factory has confirmed what we hoped! They will be unleashing a “collector’s edition” Blu-Ray of William Peter Blatty’s much-celebrated EXORCIST sequel, EXORCIST III: LEGION! It arrives on October 25th, just in time for the Halloween season in a 2 disc set. And while features […]

Films TV 

THE EXORCIST Gets The TV Series Remake & Here’s The Trailer!

Very few possession films have come close to capturing the pure work of terror and genius that embody William Friedkin’s 1973 masterpiece THE EXORCIST. Sequels have tried, some unsuccessful, some admirable follow-ups. (I’m looking at you, EXORCIST III!) And now that THE OMEN’s Damien, BATES MOTEL, HANNIBAL and several other horror properties have successfully made […]

Films TV 

Geena Davis Joins Cast of THE EXORCIST Television Series Pilot

Beloved by horror fans for her unforgettable roles in David Cronenberg’s THE FLY and Tim Burton’s BEETLEJUICE, Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis is about to return what’s sure to be controversial genre territory. According to Variety, Davis has been tapped to play a lead role in the pilot episode commissioned by FOX for a modern-day update […]

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Horror At The Oscars! PART ONE!

The Academy Awards were televised beginning in 1953, and the first horror performer to accept an Oscar on TV was Best Supporting Actress Ruth Gordon for Roman Polanski’s 1968 classic ROSEMARY’S BABY; you can watch her win below. In hindsight, though, it’s positively scandalous that this landmark, hugely influential film only received one other nomination, […]

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Are We Finally Getting A “Director’s Cut” of THE EXORCIST III: LEGION?

EXORCIST III: LEGION was released in theaters on August 17th, 1990 and marked a prominent return to form for the franchise, mainly because of its direct connection to the original and with author/creator William Peter Blatty at the helm as director. Despite being a hit and offering one (if not two!) of the best genuine scares […]

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#RESPECT – Let’s Give It Up For THE EXORCIST’s Father Karras

You know what? Can we give it up for Father Damien Karras please? Those of you that have been following along with this #RESPECT column know the drill by now. Each week, I take one character from a horror movie and shine the spotlight on them for their incredible cinematic feats, often accomplished with impossible […]