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William Friedkin Shuts Down ‘Exorcist’ Remake Rumors: ‘Not Enough Money or Motivation in the World’

William Friedkin’s 1973 horror classic “The Exorcist” is the gift that keeps on giving, with a total of five films spawning out of William Peter Blatty’s source novel, and even a canceled Fox TV series from 2017. Reports emerged back in August that a reboot of the possession tale that started ’em all was in […]

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‘Leap of Faith’: A Reverential Look At William Friedkin’s ‘The Exorcist’ [Review]

If you’ve read William Friedkin’s 500-page autobiography, “The Friedkin Connection,” or the interviews he has done with The Criterion Collection, you know the veteran filmmaker is a raconteur of the highest order. Many of those tales are repeated in the new documentary, “Leap of Faith,” a reverential look at the 85-year-old director’s classic, still-chilling, career-making […]

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‘Leap of Faith’ Trailer: The ‘Exorcist’ Documentary Heads to Shudder

Alexandre O. Philippe has already explored classic horror films with his documentaries 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene and Memory: The Origins of Alien, and now he’s done it again with Leap of Faith. This latest doc delves into The Exorcist, William Friedkin’s iconic classic about a little girl possessed by a demonic force. There have already […]

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Horror and the Academy: 13 Times the Oscars Could Have Embraced the Genre

“What an excellent day for an exorcism.”-Linda Blair, “The Exorcist” (1973)If asked to describe a typical “Oscar” film, you’d likely hear phrases like “biopic” or “sprawling epic.” If there’s a genre that’s been grievously undervalued, and to a greater extent, disrespected within the industry space, it’s horror. It can be argued that it’s one of […]

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Streaming: the best of William Friedkin

A new-to-streaming documentary about the Exorcist director prompts a look through his fascinating back catalogueFor a director who hasn’t made a major film in nearly a decade, William Friedkin is undergoing something of a surprising revival. The 84-year-old American director’s up-and-down career has enjoyed a collective critical appraisal in recent years, while he has been […]

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‘Metamorphosis’ Trailer: A Fresh Take on Demonic Possession

The latest Shudder original looks like a fresh twist on the somewhat played-out demonic possession story. Ever since The Exorcist became a blockbuster in 1973, movies about demonic possession have been a dime a dozen, and more often than not, they’re all borrowing heavily from William Friedkin’s horror masterpiece. So whenever something in the same […]

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Friday the 13th at 40: the maligned slasher that’s haunted pop culture

The morality brigade loathed the hit teen horror on release but hockey mask-wearing villain Jason Voorhees has been with us ever sinceBefore production on the teen slasher A Long Night at Camp Blood had even started, before a final draft of the screenplay had even been submitted, thirtysomething writer-producer-director Sean S Cunningham decided to make […]

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Krzysztof Penderecki Dies: Influential Composer With Music in ‘The Shining’ and ‘Twin Peaks’ Was 86

Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki, whose often disturbing and challenging avant-garde music has turned up in films from “The Shining” to “The Exorcist” and “Children of Men,” and as recently as the TV series “Twin Peaks: The Return,” died at his home in Krakow on Sunday, March 29. He was 86 years old.Penderecki’s greatest […]

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Streaming: curate your own Max von Sydow season

The late, great actor’s career is easier than most to honour with a streaming marathon…When the great Swedish actor Max von Sydow died last week at the age of 90, it was the mark of a robust and catholic career that there was little consensus between news outlets over which of his performances should lead […]

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A24, AMC Team Up for Female-Focused Horror Screenings Celebrating ‘Saint Maud’

Attention, horror-heads: You’re gonna wanna head to the She Is Risen screening series, courtesy of AMC Theaters and A24. In anticipation of Saint Maud, the upcoming A24 horror film from writer/director Rose Glass and star Morfydd Clark, the studio is teaming up with AMC to deliver a series of female-fronted horror classics: all leading up […]

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