Tag: William Friedkin

  • Celebrities Who Have Died in 2024

    Movie, TV and music fans are already remembering notable figures who have died since the start of 2024. “Starsky and Hutch” star David Soul and “Honeymooners” star Joyce Randolph, who played Trixie, are among celebrities from the world of television who have died. In film, cinephiles are remembering “Moonstruck” director Norman Jewison and “Mary Poppins”…

  • ‘The Exorcist’s Iconic Theme Wasn’t Even Supposed To Be in the Movie

    ‘The Exorcist’s Iconic Theme Wasn’t Even Supposed To Be in the Movie

    “Something beyond comprehension is happening to a little girl on this street, in this house. A man has been sent for, as a last resort to try and save her.” A deep voice delivers this narration, heard over the theatrical trailer for The Exorcist (1973) right as frightening black-and-white images flash on the screen for…

  • In 1973, ‘The Exorcist’ Was as Big as Watergate

    In 1973, ‘The Exorcist’ Was as Big as Watergate

    There was a lot going on at the end of 1973 heading into the new year. The President of the United States Richard Nixon was embroiled in the fallout from the bungled robbery attempt of the Democratic National Headquarters in the Watergate Hotel, and a revolutionary horror classic hit movie screens just a day after…

  • ‘Exorcist’ Box Office: ‘The Believer’ Eyes $28M Domestic Opening, $47.1M Globally

    ‘Exorcist’ Box Office: ‘The Believer’ Eyes $28M Domestic Opening, $47.1M Globally

    The Exorcist: Believer topped the Friday box office with $11.9 million, including $2.9 million in previews. At this pace, the R-rated horror pic should open to $28 million domestically, a tepid number considering the high price paid for rights to the series.Globally, the film looks to open to $47.1 million for the weekend.The David Gordon…

  • The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Review: William Friedkin’s Final Film Is A Stellar Courtroom Drama

    The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Review: William Friedkin’s Final Film Is A Stellar Courtroom Drama

    William Friedkin is gone, and he leaves us with one final film, the stirring, effective courtroom drama “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.” Adapted by Friedkin from Herman Wouk’s play, “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial” runs the risk of being too stagey; too much like a play merely transported to the screen without anything cinematic to add. Thankfully,…

  • ‘The Exorcist’ Ending Explained: Is Regan Freed From Her Possession?

    ‘The Exorcist’ Ending Explained: Is Regan Freed From Her Possession?

    Widely considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973) exploded into the pop culture zeitgeist quickly becoming a nationwide phenomenon, complete with literal fainting during some screenings and lines around the block in frigid weather. It was a movie that everyone needed to have a take on which…

  • The Exorcist: Believer Ending Explained: People Who Need People

    The Exorcist: Believer Ending Explained: People Who Need People

    This post contains major spoilers for “The Exorcist: Believer.”William Friedkin, the immortal director of the original 1973 “The Exorcist,” who passed away earlier this year, was fond of saying that his film of William Peter Blatty’s novel was all about the “mystery of faith.” Faith, especially the religious kind, is a continually hot topic given humanity’s ever-increasing body…

  • Ellen Burstyn Says Her Career Continues Because ‘Everybody Else Who Could Play Those Parts Has Already Died’

    Ellen Burstyn Says Her Career Continues Because ‘Everybody Else Who Could Play Those Parts Has Already Died’

    Ellen Burstyn is a screen legend, and at age 90, she said she’s more in demand now as her peers have all already “died.”The “Exorcist: Believer” star, who returns to the franchise 50 years after William Friedkin’s original film, told her “Law and Order: Organized Crime” co-star Christopher Meloni while in conversation for Interview magazine…

  • The Scariest ‘Exorcist’ Scene Isn’t the Head Spin

    The Scariest ‘Exorcist’ Scene Isn’t the Head Spin

    The 180-degree head twist, the projectile vomiting, the bed shaking, the cross — few movies can claim as many permanently traumatizing moments as director William Friedkin’s horror masterpiece The Exorcist. The audiences of Christmas 1973 could never have been prepared for such an explicit, grisly, and unforgiving rampage of the senses mercilessly executed with harrowing…

  • What Critics And Fans Are Saying About The Exorcist: Believer

    What Critics And Fans Are Saying About The Exorcist: Believer

    50 years ago, “The Exorcist” changed horror as we know it. Director William Friedkin’s 1973 film was far from the first great entry in the genre, but it brought an almost documentary-like sense of realism to its story of a young girl who catches a really bad case of demonic possession. The outcome was one…