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The Exorcist Director Thinks The Sequel Is Stupid And Ridiculous

Horror sequels are tricky, there’s no denying that. More often than not, they fail to recapture the magic of the original and in the worst case scenario, they’re nothing more than a shameless cash grab. There are exceptions to the rule, of course, but unfortunately, Exorcist II: The Heretic was not one of them.

Then again, following in the footsteps of The Exorcist – arguably one of the genre’s finest achievements – was always going to be a tough task. But to say that the sequel dropped the ball would be a massive understatement. With horrible plotting, weak acting and lame scares, it was certainly a bit of a train wreck and it turns out that the original film’s director, William Friedkin, feels the same way.

Speaking to Indiewire in a recent interview, he was asked for his thoughts on the several sequels to The Exorcist and surprisingly,
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16 essential Halloween horror soundtracks

Sean Wilson presents a selection of spooky film scores that make for the ideal 31st October playlist…

The scariest night of the year, Halloween, is upon us once again and, in addition to all the cosplay and trick or treating, a playlist of horror hits is also essential to the big night. Horror allows film composers off the leash like few other genres do, often unleashing an onslaught of symphonic and choral mayhem guaranteed to pull a chill down the spine. This then is a curated selection of fabulously frightening horror music that you need to complete your Halloween.

Psycho (1960) – Bernard Herrmann

Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal horror practically birthed the modern-day slasher movie, throwing audiences for a loop with its terrifying dispatch of Janet Leigh in the shower. The director would later credit “33%” of Psycho‘s impact to regular collaborator Bernard Herrmann’s chilling score, one as starkly monochrome and
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William Friedkin has never bothered to watch The Exorcist sequels

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Over the decades since its release, The Exorcist has easily stood the test of time as one of the greatest horror movies out there, but, as with anything that successful, it was only natural that there would be a demand for sequels. Some of those sequels were dreadful (Exorcist II: The Heretic) while others were surprisingly decent (The Exorcist III), and the two prequels (Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion:... Read More...
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William Friedkin Reflects on ‘Exorcist’ Sequels, Says He Liked ‘It’

William Friedkin Reflects on ‘Exorcist’ Sequels, Says He Liked ‘It’
With The Exorcist, William Friedkin directed one of the most iconic horror films of all time, the tale of a young girl possessed by a demon with a potty mouth. Despite Friedkin’s success with The Exorcist, the filmmaker had nothing to do with the multiple sequels that followed. While some of the sequels (Exorcist II: The Heretic) are downright dreadful, Exorcist […]

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AMC Fearfest Starts Today, Check Out The Full Schedule

It's finally that time of year! AMC is going wall to wall with scary movies as Fearfest 2017 kicks off today with a Halloween marathon! Check out the full schedule of what's in store below, and continue reading:

Monday, October 23, 2017

9:00 am Halloween

11:00 am Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

1:00 pm Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

3:00 pm Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

5:00 pm Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later

7:00 pm Halloween II

9:30 pm Halloween

11:30 pm Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

1:30 am Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

3:30 am Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

9:00 am House on Haunted Hill

11:00 am House of Wax

1:30 pm Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later

3:30 pm Halloween II

6:00 pm Child’s Play

8:00 pm Curse of Chucky

10:00 pm Cult of Chucky

Wednesday,
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AMC's FearFest Schedule Is Basically Freeform's 13 Nights of Halloween For Adults

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We're already in the thick of October, which means your scary movie binges should be well underway. While we have all of our horror movie DVDs lined up and ready to go, we also love hunkering down for those spooky TV marathons, too. Everyone loves Freeform's 13 Nights of Halloween, but where do you go when you really want to get your heartbeat racing? The answer is AMC. The channel has its FearFest movie marathon every season, and this year, you can enjoy gory, haunting, and stomach-churning films from Oct. 23 until Halloween. Stock up on peanuts and candy corn (eat them together, it will change your life) and prepare to scream bloody murder at the full schedule below. Related17 Movies Set in the Fall to Watch With a Warm and Spicy Latte Monday, Oct. 23 9 a.m. - Halloween 11 a.m. - Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers 1 p.m. -
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The Power of Christ Compels You to See The Exorcist Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

“Your mother’s in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I’ll see that she gets it.”

The Exorcist screens this Friday and Saturday nights (August 4th and 5th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.

This ground-breaking, starkly filmed thriller The Exorcist stands for many as one of the most terrifying films of all time. Fairly explicit for 1973, it raised the bar in film-making for realism and adult horror and has been emulated many times. However, it is set apart by its well-written (Oscar-winning) script and realistic performances. Ellen Burstyn is an actress who begins to sense unusual behavior in her preteen daughter (Linda Blair). The bizarre symptoms (open sores, violent thrashing, etc…) escalate as Burstyn seeks help from all conventional avenues. Finally, she determines that Blair is possessed by Satan (or a demon at least) and must be exorcised.
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Ron Berkeley, Makeup Artist on Richard Burton Films, Dies at 86

Ron Berkeley, an Emmy-winning makeup artist who worked with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on such films as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Taming of the Shrew, has died. He was 86.

Berkeley died May 9 at the Motion Picture & Television Country Home in Woodland Hills, his family announced.

Berkeley was Burton's makeup guy on about two dozen projects, also including Staircase (1969), Bluebeard (1972), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Equus (1977), The Wild Geese (1978) and the 1980s TV series Wagner.

In addition to Who's...
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Ron Berkeley, Makeup Artist on Richard Burton Films, Dies at 86

Ron Berkeley, an Emmy-winning makeup artist who worked with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor on such films as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Taming of the Shrew, has died. He was 86.

Berkeley died May 9 at the Motion Picture & Television Country Home in Woodland Hills, his family announced.

Berkeley was Burton's makeup guy on about two dozen projects, also including Staircase (1969), Bluebeard (1972), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Equus (1977), The Wild Geese (1978) and the 1980s TV series Wagner.

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William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist Author, Passes Away at 89

William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist Author, Passes Away at 89
As the entertainment community comes off a year where seemingly countless legends passed away, 2017 isn't getting off to a great start on this front either. The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty has passed away at the age of 89. The news broke on Twitter this morning by The Exorcist director William Friedkin, although no cause of death has been given at this time. The director only shared that Blatty died yesterday, calling the writer a "dear friend and brother."

After news of his death broke, a number of entertainment and horror luminaries took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late author. Earlier this morning, tributes started pouring in from Stephen King, directors Edgar Wright and Joe Lynch, and Jeremy Slater, who created the The Exorcist TV series that debuted last fall on Fox. The late author celebrated his 89th birthday less than a week ago.

William Peter Blatty was born January 7, 1928 in New York City,
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William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89
William Peter Blatty, the novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter most famous for landmark horror film “The Exorcist” as well as the director of two films, “The Ninth Configuration” and “The Exorcist III,” has died. He was 89.

“Exorcist” director William Friedkin announced the news on Twitter Friday morning: “William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday,” Friedkin wrote.

Blatty’s 1970 novel “The Exorcist” remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 57 weeks, and he subsequently adapted it for the 1973 bigscreen version directed by William Friedkin. That film was not only an enormous box office success, playing in theaters for months, but was Oscar nominated for best picture (becoming the first horror film ever so nominated) and won for Blatty’s adapted screenplay.

The film won several polls for scariest horror movie ever, and the Library of Congress designated “The Exorcist” for preservation as part of
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‘The Exorcist’ Exclusive Clip: Tomas and Marcus are Running Out of Time on The Horror Drama’s Season Finale

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‘The Exorcist’ Exclusive Clip: Tomas and Marcus are Running Out of Time on The Horror Drama’s Season Finale
Fox’s new horror drama “The Exorcist,” loosely based on the William Peter Blatty novel of the same name and portrayed as a sequel to William Friedkin’s 1973 film of the same name, premiered this past September to mostly positive reviews. Now, the season finale is soon upon us and the demon will stop at nothing to destroy Angela Rance (Geena Davis) and her family. Their hope lies in Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and Father Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels), but with the enemies of church mobilizing against Pope Sebastian (guest star Bruce Davison), time is running out for everyone. Watch a clip from the finale below and check out some exclusive photos.

Read More: ‘The Exorcist’ Review: Fox Hopes One Big Twist Will Compel You to Return in Slow-Burn Premiere (Spoilers)

Blatty’s original 1971 novel “The Exorcist” was inspired by a 1949 case of demonic possession and exorcism. It later
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Film Review: ‘Incarnate’

Film Review: ‘Incarnate’
When it comes to movies about demonic possession, the devil isn’t the only thing that’s in the details. It helps a lot if the filmmakers take a few intriguing detours while covering familiar territory, and it helps even more if you have a first-rate actor who’s totally committed to the lead role. (Sorry: Richard Burton’s hambone turn in “Exorcist II: The Heretic” doesn’t really count.) “Incarnate,” the latest offering from the Blumhouse house of horrors, offers a relatively fresh take on standard-issue exorcism-melodrama tropes, along with a performance by Aaron Eckhart that is more than persuasive enough to encourage the investment of a rooting interest. It may sound like damning with faint praise, but this briskly paced potboiler is better than it has any right to be.

Eckhart plays Dr. Seth Ember, a scruffy, wheelchair-bound expeller of unclean spirits who insists that he performs “evictions,
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Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV

Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Thanksgiving has arrived and with it comes bingeing of all kinds — but mainly food, shopping and TV. We’ve rounded up all the movie and TV show marathons airing over the long holiday weekend so you can watch your favorite while digesting on the couch.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a Parks and Recreation fan and just want to spend time with your favorite Pawnee residents or a horror fan looking for a scare-fest like those on IFC and Syfy. Perhaps you’d prefer to
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Blu-ray Review: The Exorcist III Collector’s Edition

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Despite having a reputation as one of the greatest horror movies ever made, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist was never really able to find its footing as a franchise, despite the best efforts of Hollywood executives to make it happen. Each of the three sequels in the series experienced major post-production woes: Exorcist II: The Heretic was recut by director John Boorman after its premiere. Paul Schrader’s Exorcist sequel, intended to be the fourth film in the franchise, was so poorly received by studio execs that it was largely reshot and recut with director Renny Harlin at the helm, released in 2004 as Exorcist: The Beginning. Schrader’s own version came out one year later as Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist, making what I think is the first (and only?) time in history that two completely different versions of the same movie were released in theaters. Neither was a success.
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AMC’s FearFest to Feature Over 80 Movies, The Walking Dead Marathon & Retrospective Special

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AMC is bringing the horror this Halloween season with their annual FearFest. Kicking off on October 13th, the 20th anniversary of FearFest will include more than 80 movies, over 400 hours of cinematic programming, a massive The Walking Dead marathon, and a special retrospective that will look back at the iconic living dead series.

Press Release: New York, NY, October 11, 2016 – To mark the 20th anniversary of AMC FearFest, one of TV’s longest-running annual thematic programming celebrations, the network will offer the largest collection of horror and genre film titles in its history. AMC FearFest, which provided a launching pad for “The Walking Dead” when the show premiered in 2010, this year will feature more than 400 hours of horror and genre programming, including a full 88-hour six-season catch-up marathon of every episode of “The Walking Dead,” an all-new two-hour retrospective special and the highly anticipated season seven premiere on October 23.

AMC Fearfest runs on AMC for 19 days,
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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

Like most films made for purely financial reasons,
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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Even Stevens’ premiered

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Before Shia Labeouf was known for turning hitchhiking into performance art, making a paper bag the most-talked about red carpet accessory, and being an actual cannibal (well, at least in this awesome song), he was Louis Stevens. 16 years ago today, Even Stevens premiered on Disney Channel, making a star out of then 14-year-old Labeouf. The shenanigans of the Stevens family were on display on the Disney Channel for three seasons, plus The Even Stevens Movie, serving as the series finale. Other notable June 17 happenings in pop culture history: • 1964: The Supremes released the single “Where Did Our Love Go.” It was their first song to hit the top of the U.S. singles chart. • 1967: Barbra Streisand sang for over 135,000 fans in New York’s Central Park. A recording of the free concert was released as her first live album, A Happening In Central Park. • 1977: The much-maligned sequel to The Exorcist,
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25 great music scores composed for not very good movies

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Some brilliant scores accompany movies that don't always deserve them. Here are 25 examples...

Can a film soundtrack rescue a movie that is otherwise a lost cause? One thing’s for sure: throughout the history of cinema, music has often been the redeeming feature of many an underwhelming movie. Here are 25 amazing film scores composed for films that, frankly, didn’t deserve them.

25) Meet Joe Black (Thomas Newman, 1998)

This somnambulistic three hour romantic drama should really feature an extra screen credit for star Brad Pitt’s fetishised blonde locks. Rising way above the torpid melodrama of the plot is one of Thomas Newman’s most hauntingly melodic and attractive scores, one that leaves his characteristic quirkiness at the door to paint a portrait of death that is both melancholy and hopeful. The spectacular 10-minute finale That Next Place remains one of Newman’s towering musical achievements.

24) Timeline (Brian Tyler,
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8 actors who went the extra mile for their movies

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Freezing conditions. Dangerous stunts. Here are a few examples of actors who've suffered through some high-profile film roles...

When DiCaprio lifted his Best Actor trophy at this year's Oscars, we're surprised he didn't scream, "It's about damn time I won one of these. I slept in a goddamn hollowed-out horse for you people!"

Ah yes, the hollowed-out horse. But there was also the scene where DiCaprio had to eat a raw bison liver, or the sundry moments where the actor had to crawl in and out of freezing cold lakes and rivers. At a time when whizzy computer effects can make the impossible look possible, the cast and crew of The Revenant decided to take a decidedly analogue approach to making their period survival drama, with the long, arduous shoot taking place in ice-cold parts of Canada, the Us and Argentina.

Grim though the experience of making The Revenant was,
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