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Dimiter (Advance Book Review)

21 December 2009 3:53 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The novel, Dimiter, is an intriguing religious thriller about a group of characters engaged in a psychological battle between good and evil. Author William Peter Blatty captivated audiences before with The Exorcist and now returns to literary form after a long absence with his latest work. 

The action takes place during the 1970s in Albania, where a mysterious man has been held prisoner. To the interrogator, the man in the prison cell is nicknamed as “an agent of hell.” The captive has created many false personalities for himself and believes he is each one of them. The interrogator becomes frustrated with the detainee because he will not reveal his true identity, even after being physically tortured. No one is safe when the prisoner violently escapes and continues with his secretive mission.

The scenery then transfers itself to Jerusalem and the narration focuses on neurologist Moses Mayo and detective Peter Meral. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Jorge Solis)

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Grow Your Own Drugs For Christmas and The Exorcist: The True Story | TV review

16 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

All I want for Christmas is an anti-anxiety saffron egg-nog. And this man can help, says Tim Dowling

It sounds like an item from an optimistic list of holiday chores, but Grow Your Own Drugs For Christmas (BBC2) is, of course, a festive instalment of the natural remedy-making series fronted by ethnobotanist James Wong, a man in a perpetual state of amusement. This could be because he's chuffed to be on telly, or it could be because he grows his own drugs. He even chuckles to himself during his voiceovers. I imagined him sitting in a sound booth with headphones on, reading a script and chortling at the merriment of it all.

Wong wanted to show you "how to make your Christmas cheaper, healthier and more original than ever". I'm not sure you want your Christmas to be original: personally, I think the key to success lies in stifling consistency; also, »

- Tim Dowling

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Author of The Exorcist Talks Potential TV Series

17 November 2009 1:34 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

You may have heard the rumors regarding a potential "remake" of The Exorcist, a project that could involve the same creative duo as the 1973 horror classic. Director William Friedkin and writer William Peter Blatty, who also wrote the novel on which the movie is based, would collaborate on a TV series, and Bloody Disgusting writes that Blatty revealed some key details in an interview with Cemetary Dance magazine.

Specifically, Blatty mentioned details from the book he'd like to work in to the newer version, including the development of two minor characters, the housekeeper Karl and his daughter Elvira:

I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long. But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an Exorcist miniseries »

- Rich Z Zwelling

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An Exorcist Mini-series?

17 November 2009 12:01 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

So, an interesting rumor has been spreading across the internet involving a possible new Exorcist project.

Now I know that most of you read that sentence and roll your eyes as you start to get upset about Hollywood taking another perfectly good classic and ruining it with a remake. Well I ask you to hold off on your judgement while I explain the few points that may make this project different.

First of all, the project would be a mini-series rather than a remake of the movie. Hopefully this shift in medium will help to spark some new ideas and perhaps the new structure could make for an interesting take on one of horror’s best known films.

More importantly, it would seem that William Peter Blatty would be interested in/already has been writing a new script and that William Friedkin may be onboard to return to the director’s chair for the project. »

- Barrett

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Speak of The Devil: An Exorcist Miniseries?

16 November 2009 10:18 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Slash Film pointed us to a story over at Bloody-Disgusting (who got it from Cemetery Dance Magazine) talking about how author William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin might be re-teaming for another take on The Exorcist, the book/screenplay/movie that made both men famous back in 1973-74, when The Exorcist became a horror film sensation, taking home multiple Oscars including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

So is The Devil (aka Hollyweird) at work here? Not so much. The actual word is that Blatty has been working on a (spec?) script for a new Exorcist project for some time now, and that Friedkin may be onboard to helm it.

 

Now, if you’re a careful reader (fewer and fewer of those these days…) you’ll notice that I said “new Exorcist project.” That project is Not another unnecessary movie remake, but rather a new TV miniseries version of The Exorcist story, »

- Kofi Outlaw

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The Exorcist Becomes a Miniseries

16 November 2009 9:35 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The guys over at BloodyDisgusting found some interesting news about a possible Exorcist miniseries, this week. In a recent interview with Cemetery Dance, the author of the original book and screenplay, William Peter Blatty, revealed that he has already created a new adaptation in the form of a miniseries. This news came about when Blatty was asked if there was anything he would have changed about the original film. His reply: "Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long. But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an Exorcist miniseries script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, but also some rather spooky new material and scenes, as well »

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A new Exorcist?

16 November 2009 12:06 AM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

The Exorcist is one of those films that few people think really needs to be remade - but what if the original writer and director were involved, and it was a miniseries, not a movie? That's a possibility currently being talked up by William Peter Blatty, who wrote both the novel and the book on which the film is based, and who was interviewed by Cemetery Dance magazine recently. Asked if there's anything he'd change about the film, Blatty replied, "I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter...

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- James White

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Friedkin and Blatty To Remake Exorcist?

15 November 2009 10:00 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

That sound you just heard was Mark Kermode's head exploding. William Peter Blatty, author of the original novel The Exorcist and its screenplay, has told Cemetery Dance magazine (in news brought to us by the always-excellent Bloody Disgusting) that a new version is in the works, in the form of a TV mini-series.Asked if there's anything he'd change about Friedkin's infamous 1973 classic, Blatty responded that he wished he'd been able to include a subplot from the novel about Chris MacNeil's housekeeper Karl, his daughter Elvira, and the questions over the death of Burke Dennings, but had been forced to drop it to keep the screenplay to a manageable two-ish hours. Then comes the bombshell: "But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an Exorcist miniseries script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, but also some »

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William Friedkin Directing William Peter Blatty's Exorcist Remake?

15 November 2009 3:09 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

This news will probably upset anyone who is a die-hard fan of the original, but there may be hope. In a recent interview with Cemetery Dance (via Bloody-Disgusting), The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty clearly revealed that he was writing a remake of The Exorcist and that William Friedkin was going to direct it. The original 1973 Exorcist, based on Blatty's book, was adapted by Blatty himself and directed by Friedkin as well. So if we're to believe what he says, then it means the two are potentially reteaming again for an Exorcist remake or reboot or something along those lines. Read on for the full quote from Blatty. "Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long. But I might have »

- Alex Billington

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William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty Reteaming For an Exorcist Remake?

14 November 2009 11:13 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

William Peter Blatty, author of the original Exorcist novel and subsequent Oscar winning screenplay, has revealed that the big boss of the 1973 movie, William Friedkin, has agreed to direct a new version. Brace yourself for a 3D do-over with a younger cast and all-cg effects... then unbrace because, actually, I don't think that's what we're set for here at all. No need to spin your head and spew pea soup quite yet.... but how will Mark Kermode, The World's Biggest Exorcist Fan, react to this news, I wonder? Blatty has written the new Exorcist in the form of a miniseries teleplay. If Mad Men, The Sopranos and The Wire have shown me anything (besides women in tight sweaters, sudden cuts to black and 101 reasons to not go to Baltimore) it's that the expectations for even quite mainstream television can be allowed to overlap with the expectations we typically reserve »

- Brendon Connelly

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William Peter Blatty and William Friedkin Team for Another The Exorcist?

14 November 2009 8:35 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It seems that William Peter Blatty, the author of the original novel The Exorcist, could be reteaming with William Friedkin, director of the 1973 film based on Blatty's classic literary work of genius, for another version of the story. Though, according to Blatty, this new project won't be going to theater screens. Instead, it will be a four-hour miniseries made for television.

Cementary Dance magazine (courtesy of Bloody Disgusting) recently interviewed the author, and when asked if he would change anything about the original film, Blatty stated: Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long. But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an Exorcist miniseries script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, »

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William Peter Blatty Pens 'Exorcist' Miniseries

13 November 2009 9:15 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Cemetery Dance magazine (as reported by Bloody-Disgusting) has published an interview with "The Exorcist" author William Peter Blatty, who revealed that he's written an 'Exorcist' mini-series.

Asked if there is anything he would change about the 1973 Exorcist film for a revival, Blatty said: "Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long."

He added: "But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an 'Exorcist' mini-series script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, but also some rather spooky new material and scenes, as well as a totally new (and perhaps much more satisfying) ending. I've also updated it. Billy Friedkin has agreed to direct."

Friedkin helmed the original film The Exorcist »

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Blatty, Friedkin Reuniting for 'Exorcist' Mini-Series?

13 November 2009 3:26 PM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

It's clear that they William Peter Blatty failed to bottle whatever it is that made The Exorcist one of the most influential films of its type, a multiple Oscar nominee, the subject of public scorn, a film banned in several countries for over two decades in some cases, and one of the biggest hits in movie history.

But there have been several attempts to find that magic formula, but neither sequel nor either prequel (the one that was released and the one that wasn't) ever approximated the success or impact of the first film. Now, the 81-year-old Blatty is going to give it one more go, tellying Cemetery Dance (via Dread Central), that he'll revisit Mr. Howdy one more time.

"I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft [of The Exorcist], but that script ran to 172 pages - much, »

- Colin Boyd

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'The Exorcist' Miniseries Reteams Original Writer/Director?

13 November 2009 1:34 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

In an interview with Cemetery Dance magazine, The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty revealed some interesting news about a potential Exorcist revival. When asked if he'd change anything in the original film, he replied with something quite interesting. "Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long. But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an Exorcist miniseries script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, but also some rather spooky new material and scenes, as well as a totally new (and perhaps much more satisfying) ending. I've also updated it. Billy Friedkin has agreed to direct." »

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The Exorcist: The Mini-Series? Friedkin to Direct?

13 November 2009 12:47 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Well ... I suppose its better than a remake. During an interview in the latest issue of Cemetery Dance magazine with William Peter Blatty, the author dropped some interesting things on fans and readers.

Upon being asked if there was anything he'd change about the film version of The Exorcist (wasn't it already changed in The Version We've Never Seen?) Blatty offered the following:

"Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long. But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an Exorcist miniseries script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, but also some rather spooky new material and scenes, as well as a totally new (and perhaps much more satisfying) ending. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Blatty Plans Exorcist Mini-Series

13 November 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Cemetery Dance magazine has just published a lengthy interview with William Peter Blatty and one little tid-bit caught our attention. The prospect of an Exorcist mini-series. With William Friedkin directing. Here's an excerpt: When asked if looking back, there's anything he would change about The Exorcist , Blatty replied, "Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long." "But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an Exorcist miniseries script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, but also some rather spooky new material and scenes, as well as a totally »

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The Colour of Fear is Orange

30 October 2009 10:13 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Halloween is a time quite custom designed for tricks, treats and terror.  In the world of cinema, there is no film as notoriously terrifying as William Friedkin’s The Exorcist.  As a special treat to Orange Film Club members, the tree-lined depths of Tower Hamlets Cemetery came alive tonight with clergy, fog, spirits and curious lights – all leading the way to a cinema screen in a clearing.  The eyes and ears of HeyUGuys were there in the dark, peering down the spooky paths, heart jumping in our dry throat waiting for something to go bump in the night.  And what a night it was!

Before the screening we spoke with Empire Magazine’s horror expert, Mr Kim Newman*, who echoed our awe over the astonishing location.  Kim had no hesitation in accepting Orange’s invite to come along and introduce the audience to their evening’s entertainment:

“I had many »

- Emily Breen

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Happy Halloween! See the Top 13 Scary Flicks of All Time! Boo!

30 October 2009 8:16 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Halloween season is upon us and one of the best ways to celebrate is by watching horror movies. You don.t need any costumes or put on make up to enjoy the season. All you need is your DVD player. Here.s my list of the Top 13 Best Scary Flicks of all time. Let.s count them down, one scare at a time.

1. .Psycho. . Alfred Hitchcock created the mother of all slasher flicks. Based on the novel by Robert Bloch, the script by Joseph Stefano is part drama, part thriller that featured an unlikely heroine in Janet Leigh. Anthony Perkins. performance as Norman Bates became the pop culture touchstone of evil reincarnate. Add Bernard Hermann.s memorable score and you get the scariest film of all time. To this day, I can.t forget the images in .Psycho. every time I take a shower.

2. .The Exorcist. . This 1973 shocker made a star out of Linda Blair. »

- Manny

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MattFini's Halloween Top 10 Lists: Best Sequels

28 October 2009 4:33 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Saw VI, much to my surprise, turned out to be one of the better films in the franchise, and in honor of it, I thought we’d look at some of the genre’s best sequels. They’re a fact of life when it comes to horror films so here's my take on some of the follow-ups that either usurped the originals or, at least, turned out better than expected.

10. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

After the baffling detour into “hey, let’s use Freddy as a metaphor for teenage homosexuality” that was Freddy’s Revenge*, the series realigned itself with this direct follow-up to Wes Craven’s original (with Craven himself contributing to script duties).

Part 3 boasts an imaginative story, good characters (need I remind anyone of Kincaid?), and one of the most memorable locales in the franchise. Director Charles (later Chuck, for some reason) Russell »

- Masked Slasher

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The Birthing House (Book Review)

24 October 2009 10:11 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The past couple of years have seen a rebirth of the haunted house genre, a genre that has been ignored for far too long. Outstanding books like William Peter Blatty’s “Elsewhere”, L. H. Maynard and M. P. N. Sims’ “Black Cathedral”, and Brian Keene’s “Urban Gothic” have helped to reinvigorate the sub-genre.  Slashers, demons, vampires…when done right, a good haunted house novel can top them all for sheer terror and suspense. The Birthing House comes very close to greatness but falls just short.

Conrad Harrison is returning to L.A. from his father’s funeral in Chicago. He gets lost and ends up in the small town of Black Earth Wisconsin. Now, I’m not sure how you want to go to L.A. from Chicago and end up in Wisconsin, but I’ll resist the urge to nitpick. Conrad finds an old Victorian home and immediately »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Tim Janson)

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