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Review: ‘The Exorcist’ (Phoenix Theatre)

When a young girl is bed-ridden by a strange illness, her desperate mother, Chris (Jenny Seagrove), calls in everyone she can to help. But when the medical profession cannot provide any answers to Regan’s (Clare Louise Connolly) symptoms, Chris is forced to turn to the local priest. Father Damien (Adam Garcia) must do all he can to overcome his shaken beliefs to tackle the demons before him. After all, he may be fighting for more than just one girl’s soul…

The Exorcist is based on the original novel from William Peter Blatty’s, although many will be more familiar with William Friedkin’s Oscar winning film version, which shocked audiences back in 1973. The latest re-imagining of the story has been clever adapted for the stage by John Pielmeir under the direction of Sean Mathias for a limited run at the Phoenix Theatre.

Like most of the audience I
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The Exorcist: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on Fox?

Vulture Watch Speak of the devil and he shall appear. Has The Exorcist TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on Fox? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Exorcist, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the Fox television network, The Exorcist stars Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Kurt Egyiawan, Zuleikha Robinson, John Cho, Brianna Hildebrand, and Li Jun Li. Christopher Cousins and Cyrus Arnold are recurring, this season. The horror drama is based on the 1973 feature film and William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel of the same name. In the second season, Father Bennett (Egyiawan) sets out to uncover
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Theatre Review: ‘The Exorcist’ (West End)

The Exorcist theatre review: The classic 1973 movie is adapted for the London stage for a West End run, booking until March 2018.

The Exorcist theatre review by Andrew Gaudion.

The Exorcist theatre review

Dare you enter the Phoenix Theatre from now until March to see John Pielmeier and Sean Mathias’ stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist? If you, like one of many, have been chilled to the bone by the film/the book/ the real-life inspiration that has come to embody The Exorcist over time then you may be wondering if your poor soul can truly take anymore. If you decide against it, you would be missing out on a devilishly fun time at the West End!

Those familiar with The Exorcist will be surprised how much of the film and the book has made it to the stage. While most of the action takes place within the
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Why The Exorcist TV show deserves your time

Gabriel Bergmoser Nov 3, 2017

The Exorcist is the best reboot of a classic horror property this side of Hannibal. Here's why you might want to give it a try...

It has become a common complaint recently that there’s just ‘too much TV’. It’s not entirely true; there has always been a lot of TV, but never so much good TV. Most cable channels are offering an embarrassment of riches, not to mention newer players like Netflix that have come to dominate the market, and as such it’s becoming harder and harder to keep up. The days when there were a handful of shows you simply had to be watching are long gone; if, like me, you closely follow pop culture then it seems like just about everything is essential viewing and there are just not that many hours in the day.

See related Lee Unkrich interview: Pixar, Toy Story 3,
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‘The Exorcist’ Director William Friedkin Has Never Seen the Sequels or Series, But He Loved ‘It’ — Q&A

‘The Exorcist’ Director William Friedkin Has Never Seen the Sequels or Series, But He Loved ‘It’ — Q&A
On the 28th edition of the annual Halloween-themed “Treehouse of Horror” episode of “The Simpsons,” baby Maggie is possessed by a demon, and the voices of those tasked with exorcising it sound familiar to diehard horror fans: One of them is Ben Daniels, star of the Fox show “The Exorcist,” and the other is William Friedkin, who directed the 1973 movie.

Friedkin’s legacy extends far beyond that movie; two years earlier, he swept the Oscars with “The French Connection,” and later delivered “Sorcerer” and “To Live and Die in L.A.” The past decade found Friedkin continuing to produce edgy work, including two Tracy Letts plays (“Bug” and “Killer Joe”), numerous operas, and now a documentary, “The Devil and Father Amorth,” which premiered this fall at the Venice International Film Festival and explores the real-life context that inspired “The Exorcist.”

While visiting Lyon to deliver a masterclass at the Lumiere Festival,
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The Exorcist: Season Two Viewer Votes

Are Tomas and Marcus able to keep the devil at bay in the second season of The Exorcist TV show on Fox? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show The Exorcist is cancelled or renewed for season three. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustrated that their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of The Exorcist season two for us, below. A Fox horror drama, The Exorcist stars Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Kurt Egyiawan, Zuleikha Robinson, John Cho, Brianna Hildebrand, and Li Jun Li. Christopher Cousins and Cyrus Arnold are recurring, this season. The series is based on the 1973 feature film and William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel of the same name.
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A Look Back at The Exorcist – Screening This Weekend at Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres

Article by Jake Billingsley

William Friedkin’s The Exorcist is the third film in Marcus Wehrenberg Theatre’s Friday night scare series. The film will be shown October 19-21, and there will be one screening each night at 10 Pm. Admission is only $5. For​ ​more​ ​details​ ​and​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of participating​ ​theaters,​ ​go​ ​Here

William Peter Blatty’s novel, The Exorcist, served William Friedkin a beacon of horror opportunity that still shines 44 years later. Blatty’s 1971 novel displays the exorcism of Roland Doe, a pseudonym for a boy, which happened in St. Louis. Friedkin adapts the film nearly two years later with Blatty’s screenplay. However, The Exorcist isn’t Friedkin’s first great film. He won the Academy Award for Best Picture the previous year for The French Connection. The Exorcist is the film he is most remembered for; Friedkin gets another Best Picture nomination, the first for a horror film,
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‘Inside The Exorcist’ Review: A Fantastically Unnerving Podcast Series for Fans of Horror, Hollywood, and the Unexplainable

‘Inside The Exorcist’ Review: A Fantastically Unnerving Podcast Series for Fans of Horror, Hollywood, and the Unexplainable
“It was all true,” says writer and narrator Mark Ramsey in the early opening of his latest podcast series, “Inside The Exorcist.” He’s describing a particular demonic episode, not the fictional one depicted on screen in the 1973 film that gives this series its title and reason for being. But despite the certitude within that opening recounting, much of the series that follows succeeds at terrifying and informing in equal measure, by leaving just enough to the listener’s imagination. Packed with choice anecdotes and hair-raising episodes from personal and community histories, it’s a time-bending story that uses the strengths of its format to deliver another distinct Hollywood saga.

Much like he did with his previous effort “Inside Psycho,” Ramsey traces the origins of a bedrock horror film from its real-life inspirations all the way through its production. Interspersing the experiences of “The Exorcist” novelist William Peter Blatty, director William Friedkin,
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October Horrors 2017 Day 9 – The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist, 1973.

Directed by William Friedkin.

Starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J Cobb, and Jason Miller

Synopsis:

When 12-year-old Regan MacNeil becomes possessed by a demonic entity, two priests are called in to perform an exorcism to hopefully banish the demon and save the young girl before it’s too late.

Earlier this year, horror fans bid farewell to novelist William Peter Blatty who, inspired by a story of a young boy allegedly possessed by a demonic force, published his seminal horror novel The Exorcist in 1971.

Hollywood, back in the day when the studios would give major funding to horror films recruited Blatty to adapt his novel for the big screen giving the director’s chair to Oscar winner William Friedkin of The French Connection fame.

The result of this process would not be merely another standard supernatural scare-fest, but it would be a film that
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The Exorcist: Season Two Ratings

As if a network possessed, Fox renewed The Exorcist TV show, despite hellishly low broadcast ratings in its freshman outing. While the Rance family's story has concluded -- meaning Geena Davis, Alan Ruck, Hannah Kasulka, and Brianne Howey are not returning as series regulars -- the horror continues for Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and former priest Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels). Should fans expect further divine intervention? Will The Exorcist be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. Based on the 1973 feature film and William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel, The Exorcist stars Herrera, Daniels, Kurt Egyiawan, Zuleikha Robinson, John Cho, Brianna Hildebrand, and Li Jun Li. Christopher Cousins and Cyrus Arnold join the Fox horror drama this year, on a recurring basis. In the second season, Father Bennett (Egyiawan) sets out to uncover evil at the Vatican, while Keane and Ortega
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The Exorcist: Is the Fox TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Vulture WatchWill the demonic presence tormenting the Rance family be banished to the pits of Hell or continue its reign of terror? Has The Exorcist TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Fox? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is a dedicated place to track the status of season The Exorcist season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About?Airing on the television network, this new TV series is a sequel to the William Peter Blatty novel and 1973 feature film of the same name. The Exorcist follows two priests. While ambitious, Chicagoland parish priest Father Tomas Ortega
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'The Exorcist' Unveils Chilling New Season 2 Poster

One week before the second season of Fox's horror series The Exorcist premieres, the network has released some frightening new images and a poster showcasing the new Pacific Northwest tableau.

The new season shifts the focus from the urban sprawl of Chicago to the rural, tree-lined islands of the Pacific Northwest, marking a new entry in the anthology series based on William Peter Blatty's series of novels. 

The poster shows star Brianna Hildebrand screaming in profile as strands of her hair rise upwards in a resemblance of the haunting woods that dot the new setting. 

The released episodic images, meanwhile, showcase...
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‘The Exorcist’ Reveals Biting New Photos + Key Art Ahead Of Season 2 Premiere

Exclusive: A week before Season 2 of The Exorcist debuts, the Fox horror drama today pulled back the curtain to unveil a new peek at some of upcoming backwoods action. Premiering on September 29, the new cycle of Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels-led series based on William Peter Blatty's infamous bestseller moves from urban Chicago to the islands and forests of the Pacific Northwest. However, as the new key art and photos from the season opener show, it looks like none of…
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‘It’ Officially the Highest-Grossing R-Rated Horror Movie in the U.S., Ever

After only being in theaters for two weeks, It has already become the highest-grossing R-rated horror picture ever, as far as domestic ticket sales go. Let that sink in for a moment. The previous R-rated horror-movie record-holder? A little movie by the name of The Exorcist. The 1973 horror hit directed by William Friedkin and written by William Peter Blatty was an absolute cultural phenomenon at the time of its release. While The Exorcist is an amazing film in its own right, positive buzz in a pre-internet world was buoyed by stories of audience …
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Film Review: William Friedkin’s ‘The Devil and Father Amorth’

Film Review: William Friedkin’s ‘The Devil and Father Amorth’
In “The Devil and Father Amorth,” director William Friedkin, still hale and hearty and hectoring at the age of 81, returns to the subject of his most legendary film, “The Exorcist.” The new movie is a documentary built around a video, recorded by Friedkin in 2016, of what purports to be an actual exorcism. If you think that sounds like material that’s ripe for a musty old episode of “Unsolved Mysteries,” you’d be right. But if you claim that you aren’t just a wee bit curious as to whether you’re going to get to witness something…demonic, you’re probably lying. “The Devil and Father Amorth” is Friedkin’s shot-on-the-cheap, reality-based version of a “Mondo Cane” stunt, yet for 68 minutes (it’s that short), it is often an oddly compelling tabloid foray, since it winds up shedding a crucial ray of light on the mad moment we’re in now. Whether
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ScreenPrint: Paperbacks From Hell Delights in Pulp Taxonomy

Welcome to our new feature, one that aims to looks at books, the original screen - not counting cave paintings and the Code of Hamurabi. We will typically be talking about books about movies in this space, but here for the inaugural edition of ScreenPrint, we thought we would talk about a book about books (of which, many were eventually were turned into movies.) Let us talk about Quirk Books' Paperbacks From Hell. During the 1970s and 1980s there was a tsunami of direct-to-paperback horror novels. The blockbuster success of Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby and William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist, and shortly thereafter later Peter Benchly's Jaws (all of which were then turned into mega-successful movies) saw publishers whir up their printing presses, die cutters...

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William Friedkin Filmed a Real Exorcism For His New Movie and It ‘Terrified’ Him

William Friedkin Filmed a Real Exorcism For His New Movie and It ‘Terrified’ Him
What happens when the legendary director of “The Exorcist” shoots an actual exorcism? The answer can be found “The Devil and Father Amorth,” a new documentary from William Friedkin that premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The non-fiction feature profiles the late Father Gabriele Amortha as he performs his ninth exorcism on an Italian woman. Friedkin was in the room for the exorcism, and it shook him to his core.

“It was terrifying,” Friedkin told Variety at the Venice Film Festival. “I went from being afraid of what could happen to feeling a great deal of empathy with this woman’s pain and suffering, which is obvious in the film.”

Read More:Watch: How William Friedkin Crafts Great Fiction Using Documentary Techniques

Friedkin was granted access to film the exorcism alone and he used a Sony still camera that shot on high-definition. “I had only that camera running and I was
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‘The Exorcist’ Is Set To Scare West End Audiences From This October

Forty-five years after William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel terrified an entire generation, The Exorcist will be unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier.

The Exorcist will play a strictly limited run at the Phoenix Theatre from 20 October 2017 to 10 March 2018. Tickets will go on general sale at 4pm on Friday 11 August.

Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin’s masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

“Oh please, Mother, make it stop! It’s hurting.”

When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young
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‘The Exorcist’: Jason Ensler Joins Fox Drama Series As Executive Producer

‘The Exorcist’: Jason Ensler Joins Fox Drama Series As Executive Producer
Jason Ensler is joining Fox’s horror drama The Exorcist as an executive producer/director for its upcoming second season. In addition to his duties on the show, stemming from him directing two episodes of The Exorcist‘s first season, he also has signed a deal with the studio behind it, 20th Century Fox TV. The Exorcist, based on William Peter Blatty's bestseller and the classic 1973 movie, scored an Season 2 renewal after a modestly rated but steady freshman run, which…
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Horror Highlights: The Terminator Board Game, Camera Obscura Vinyl Soundtrack Contest, Scream Factory’s 5th Anniversary, Rift

He promised that he'd be back, and Space Goat Productions is making good on the T-800's promise with their official board game based on James Cameron's The Terminator, which is now available to pre-order. In today's Horror Highlights, we're also giving Daily Dead readers the chance to win a Camera Obscura soundtrack on vinyl, and we have details on Breaking Glass Pictures acquiring North American rights to Rift and information on how Scream Factory will be celebrating their fifth anniversary.

The Terminator: The Official Board Game: Press Release: "(June 14th, 2017 - Bellingham, Wa) - Space Goat Productions has launched pre-orders for The Terminator™: The Official Board Game, based off of the iconic 1984 film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Pre-orders will be available via Backerkit and will give consumers access to exclusive discounts for 30 days.

The original Terminator Kickstarter made almost 200% of its goal,
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