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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 »
- Paul Heath
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… »
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, »
- Derek Anderson
If you're a Star Wars collector with some very deep pockets, you may want to head out to Los Angeles at the end of this month, because you could take home the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber. This historic item is just one of three Star Wars pieces that will be sold off at the Profiles in History auction, which will take place between Monday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 28. Here's the official description of the lightsaber, revealing where it came from.
"Profiles in History is proud to announce, Mark Hamill's screen used Luke Skywalker Lightsaber from A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back will be going up for auction during their three day Hollywood Auction 89 in Los Angeles. It comes directly from the archive of Gary Kurtz, producer of a A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. It is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Kurtz. It is »
Rabid, and Clive Barker's Nightbreed are just a couple of films in the lineup for Shout! Factory TV's 5 Nights of Fear. Prepare thyself. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a new Beistle Cat special edition pin from Creepy Co., details on Horror Movie Night podcast's fundraiser to raise money for FamilyStrong4ALS, and Jasmine release details.
Shout! Factory TV's Five Nights of Fear Details: Press Release: "Scream Factory™ is celebrating five years of fear with the special screening event 5 Nights of Fear airing on Shout! Factory TV. In celebration of the now-iconic horror brand’s fifth anniversary, Scream Factory will present nightly screenings of cult favorite films Nightbreed, Bad Moon, The Exorcist III, Hellhole, and Rabid. 5 Nights of Fear will air from Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 each evening at 10 p.m. Et/7 p.m. Pt at http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/, and on Pluto TV Channel 512.
On Monday, the terrifying celebration »
- Tamika Jones
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
Scream Factory™ is celebrating five years of fear with the special screening event 5 Nights of Fear airing on Shout! Factory TV. In celebration of the now-iconic horror brand’s fifth anniversary, Scream Factory will present nightly screenings of cult favorite films Nightbreed, Bad Moon, The Exorcist III, Hellholeand Rabid. 5 Nights of Fear will air from Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 each evening at 10 p.m. Et/7 p.m. Pt at http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/, and on Pluto TV Channel 512.
On Monday, the terrifying celebration begins with Clive Barker’s creature feature Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut. On Tuesday, fans can howl with horror to Eric Red’s Bad Moon. Wednesday, things get even more wicked with William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III. Then on Thursday, get locked up in the glorious grindhouse film Hellhole. Finally, on Friday, fans can absolutely »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Back in May, fans of Fox's The Exorcist TV series rejoiced when the network announced that the series would be returning for a second season, but according to the latest casting details, there will be some big changes in the show moving forward.
According to TVLine, while Alfonso Herrera, Kurt Egyiawan and Ben Daniels—who all play priests on the series—will return as series regulars in season 2 of The Exorcist, the actors who played the members of the Rance family—Geena Davis, Alan Ruck, Hannah Kasulka and Brianne Howey—will not be coming back in a series regular capacity, as a different exorcism is expected to take the spotlight this time around.
A family plagued by demonic possession, the Rances were the primary focus of the priests in season 1, but season 2 will explore "a new storyline," as showrunner Jeremy Slater mentioned to Deadline in late 2016, adding that it "doesn »
- Derek Anderson
Barcelona — Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin will receive the Grand Honorary Award at Sitges’ Catalonia Intl. Fantastic Film Festival as Europe’s biggest fantasy-genre fest celebrates its 50th edition this October.
Friedkin was the recipient of a Sitges’ Time Machine Honorary Award in 2007. He won a Best Picture Oscar in 1972 for “The French Connection” and was nominated again the following year for “The Exorcist,” which won William Peter Blatty, author of the novel which inspired the film, an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Director of “Bug,” “Rampage,” “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” and “To Live and Die in L.A.,” Friedkin recently directed the documentary “The Devil and Father Amorth,” about a real-life exorcism. Ld Entertainment acquired worldwide rights to “Amorth” this month.
- Emilio Mayorga
The Exorcist has assumed a new form on Fox, where Jeremy Slater’s small-screen iteration was recently granted a season-two renewal. But William Friedkin, the director of the feature adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s book, has far from washed his hands of the whole thing. In fact, he recently helmed a documentary about exorcism titled The Devil And Father Amorth, in which he visited with a Vatican-approved exorcist. Friedkin shot Father Gabriel Amorth’s demon-battling work for the project, and now that film could soon make its way to a greater audience. Deadline reports that The Devil and Father Amorth has been picked up by Ld Entertainment, who is eyeing a release with co-producers ICM Partners.
Of the news, Friedkin said, “I never stopped being fascinated by the nature of good and evil and the possibility of demonic possession. The opportunity for me to witness and film an ...
- Danette Chavez
Some demons take longer to exorcise than others. That would appear to be the case with “The Exorcist” itself, as William Friedkin is set to make a documentary about his classic horror movie more than 40 years after it was first released (and, according to reports, scared some moviegoers out of the theater and into the hospital).
“The Devil and Father Amorth” will look at Friedkin’s film in relation to actual exorcisms, specifically those carried out by Father Gabriele Amorth, Aka the “Dean of Exorcists.” Friedkin was present for one such event, later writing about it for Vanity Fair: “I’ve never stopped being fascinated by the nature of good and evil, and the possibility of demonic possession. The opportunity for me to witness and film an actual exorcism came about, more »
- Michael Nordine
William “Billy” Friedkin’s documentary about exorcism, The Devil and Father Amorth, which has him witnessing first-hand the work of the Vatican’s in-house exorcist, was acquired by Ld Entertainment who will work with ICM Partners to enter into partnerships to distribute the film worldwide. Friedkin, of course, directed the screen adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist in 1973 which had moviegoers lining up around the block to see it. The documentary looks at… »
Stock up on holy water and get ready for more intense exorcisms on the small screen, because Fox has renewed The Exorcist for a second season.
The news of The Exorcist's renewal is confirmed by EW, who report that the second season will feature "a new chapter of the iconic franchise."
Based on William Peter Blatty's novel of the same name (which in turn was adapted for the big screen by William Friedkin in 1973), The Exorcist TV series is overseen by showrunner Jeremy Slater. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details.
Season 1 synopsis: "Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” broke box office records and terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film, The Exorcist returns as a TV series.
- Derek Anderson
Fox has given a second season renewal to its well received but modestly rated drama series The Exorcist. The possession series, toplined by Geena Davis, Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera based on William Peter Blatty's bestseller and the classic 1973 movie, has a soft freshman ratings run though held steady. It averaged a modest 1.2 adults 18-49 rating (Live+7). The Exorcist is liked creatively by the network. The pitch for next season was well received, and the genre… »
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 »
Ryan Lambie Apr 10, 2017
Few horror films have been as closely studied and intimately dissected as Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The simple story of a family ripped apart by the effects of a remote, haunted hotel, Kubrick's film has only grown in mystique since its release in 1980. Clearly, there's far more going on below the surface, but what does Kubrick's imagery and symbolism - much of it unique to the film, and absent from Stephen King's source novel - actually mean?
Rodney Ascher's superb 2012 documentary Room 237 pulled together some of the more outlandish theories about The Shining. It's Kubrick's veiled confession that he helped Nasa fake the 1969 Moon landings, »
Sara Bareilles helped the Academy pay tribute to lives lost this year during the Oscarcast’s In Memoriam segment. The “Waitress” songstress sang Judy Collins’ “Both Sides Now” while the annual video honored Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore, Anton Yelchin, Prince, Garry Marshall, Ken Howard, and more.
The cutoff for including deaths in the segment is usually around Jan. 31. Therefore, David Bowie was included in last year’s Oscar ceremony. Bill Paxton, who died Saturday, was remembered by an emotional Jennifer Aniston before she introduced the segment.
The segment saluted the more recognizable names and faces in addition to below-the-line creatives and executives. As in years past, the Academy asked attendees to hold their applause until the end to avoid favoritism and any disrespect toward the lesser-known honorees.
Academy Award Winners 2017: Updated List
“Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community, »
- Dani Levy
After this week’s gunpowder plot, grisly deaths, brutal beatings and exorcisms, things are about to get very dirty indeed
The year’s most batshit (and batshit-obsessed) new drama shows no signs of slowing down. While this episode was slightly less jam-packed than last week’s, it still squeezed in a duel ending in an execution, a thumbectomy, a murder, a brutal bit of battery, the imminent possibility of a huge explosion and an exorcism to make the late William Peter Blatty proud.
We also got confirmation that Solomon Coop is several steps ahead of Sir Stuart Strange, that Dumbarton might be playing his own devious game, that the boy in the farm is James’s (and presumably Zilpha’s) son and that the unflappable Lorna Bow, reader of private letters and wader through lakes, is the mistress of the putdown. Go, Lorna – in a show devoid of heroes, you »
- Sarah Hughes
When the late William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist was first released, it freaked some people out so bad that they thought that the book itself was cursed. British advertising executive Dave Trott tells a story about his boss being so unsettled by the book, he declared it “evil” and threw it off of Brighton pier. And what did Trott do? As he writes, “So I went to the bookshop. I bought another copy. Then I ran it under the tap. And left it in his desk drawer. For him to find.” That’s a solid prank right there.
The soundtrack to the film is pretty unsettling as well, and today reissue label Waxwork Records announced that it’s giving the spooky sounds of The Exorcist unholy new life with a deluxe vinyl reissue. There’s not much detail on the release just yet, like whether it will include »
- Katie Rife
Above: Soviet poster for The Ghost That Never Returns (Abram Room, Soviet Union, 1929). Designed by the Sternberg Brothers.Have you seen what’s playing on Mubi lately? Many of you who read my column may not often partake of the best of what Mubi has to offer, which is a beautifully curated, constantly changing selection of films which amounts to a top-notch repertory cinema on your laptop and in your living room. Now that Mubi is on the Roku app too there is even more reason to subscribe to the best film streaming deal on the internet. I know, I know, there is always too much to see and too little time, but for me what elevates Mubi over other streaming services—and I’m not just saying this because I write for them—is the 30-day model which offers you a new surprise every morning as well as the »
William Peter Blatty, best known for writing The Exorcist and then adapting it for the big screen, has passed away. He was 89. Filmmaker William Friedkin, who worked closely with Blatty on The Exorcist, shared the news on social media. William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday — William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) January 13, 2017 While working in public relations in the 1950s, Blatty began writing on the side, publishing his first book in 1960. One year later, he won enough money on a television quiz show to quit his publicity job and devote himself to writing full-time. His early comic novels received critical praise, though they were not popular successes. He turned to writing comic screenplays, such as...
- Peter Martin
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