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THE EXORCIST Is Being Remade...

Nordling here.

I have a lot of movies at home.  Not as many as some, but probably more than a lot of people.  But one Blu-Ray that I don't own (yet) is THE EXORCIST.  There are quite a few reasons, one in particular - and I'm well-aware that it's one of the greatest horror films of all time.  That's pretty much undisputed.  For a long time, when I was in my twenties and thought I knew everything, I blew this movie off.  "It's not really scary," I would say.  "Much of it gets silly." 

Then I saw it after I got married with a kid on the way, and it scarred me.  If you're a parent?  THE EXORCIST is far more frightening than when you're younger and full of beans.  Watching your daughter turn into some kind of alien thing in her bedroom, screaming obscenities and doing horrible things to herself - if that's not a metaphor for adolescence I don't know what is.  And then there's the religious aspect, which, as a lapsed Catholic, I could certainly relate to.  What makes THE EXORCIST great isn't the scary stuff.  It's the stuff in between that's the real meat - the questioning of faith, of familial bonds, of childhood struggles and parental doubts that fuel the film, something that William Friedkin absolutely understood while making it.

Now, before many of you go ballistic, yes, THE EXORCIST is being remade.  But not as a film.  It's being remade into a ten-episode television series for a undetermined network, according to Vulture.  It's being adapted by Sean Durkin, who is the writer and director of last year's utterly brilliant MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE.  Those things I mentioned above?  Durkin's film has all of that and it's terrifying to boot.  That final, ambiguous shot, full of dread and possibility, helped make MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE one of my favorite movies last year and Elizabeth Olsen was frankly robbed of awards consideration for her work in it.  Durkin's take on William Peter Blatty's novel will be expanded to tell the story of "the events leading up to a demonic possession and especially the after-effects of how a family copes with it... and when medical and psychiatric explanations fail, the desperate family turns to the church, with Father Damien Karras finally brought in to attempt the exorcism."  The project will be produced by Morgan Creek and Roy Lee (executive producer of THE RING).

From his previous film, I'd imagine Durkin is more interested in the drama than in the scares, at least until the climactic exorcism.  No word on casting yet, but since this is to be a miniseries, I hope that Durkin will be allowed to go as extreme as Friedkin did.  I don't dismiss remakes outright like many of you do; it really depends on the talent involved and I think Sean Durkin is a very talented filmmaker who deserves his shot at this.  And it's not like the movie will instantly disappear off shelves when this gets released.  THE EXORCIST is a classic; it's not going anywhere.  I wish the best of luck to Sean Durkin and his project and I hope the finished work stuns us all.

Oh, and to answer your question about why don't I own THE EXORCIST?  My wife won't even look at the cover, much less see the movie.  My mother-in-law won't even allow it in her house.  That movie still terrifies over 40 years later.  That's genuine power, and if Sean Durkin can tap into that, he might make something amazing.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • May 24, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST



  • May 24, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    I'd watch that show

    by jim

  • May 24, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by juice willis

    Utterly fucking fail!

  • May 24, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    FUCK NO.

    by TheMachinist

  • May 24, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Mark Kermode's head just exploded

    by syn_flood

    Hello to Jason Isaacs

  • May 24, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    When it came out

    by Nick Friesen

    My mom saw it at a small theatre and there were ambulances because people were reporting heart attacks and chest pains from being scared. Experiencing it as a mini series is an interesting concept.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I'm not that distressed over a televised remake.

    by Psyclops

    The ones for "The Shining" and "Carrie" were pretty forgettable and didn't diminish the impact of the originals by association. On the plus side, it it's actually good then we have something to look forward to.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Oh wait.

    by TheMachinist

    That doesn't sound all too bad. We need some good TV horror to wash out the taste of The River.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    As a show ... Has a chance.


  • May 24, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    there are many films that i'd like to see as a ten part series

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    if they're not too constrained, this could be good to see

  • May 24, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Aw, hell no!!

    by ATARI

  • May 24, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Hasn't it already been remade

    by Mugato5150

    in like a dozen movies in the last 5 years?

  • May 24, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Mark me down for =Not really scary, actually pretty silly=

    by Jaster Mareel

    I haven't seen it since becoming a father, so that might make it a little more poigniant I suppose......but I doubt it. I have no fears of my son rotating his head around and target vomiting pea soup while ramming a crucifix up his ass. As I said in the POSSESSION talkback, this exorcism stuff is completely ridiculous and therefore cannot hold my attention. i would believe Freddy Krueger were real before I could keep from rolling my eyes at a demonic possession scenerio.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I hope it's done entirely in CGI with 3D projectile vomit

    by ZOMBRE

  • May 24, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Not that it wasn't a well-made and atmospheric film, I'll give it that

    by Jaster Mareel

    It's just fucking silly. Plus I'm not sure I could restrain laughter listening to Linda Blair get dubbed with that withy voice. I'd just keep waiting for her to say =I'll swallow your soul! I'll swallow your soul!=

  • May 24, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by Insidious_Bastard

    Just why? With so many good original shows out there (Breaking Bad, Justified, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, The Borgias, Boardwalk Empire, etc.), why is there a need to rehash this? There is absolutely no reason to bring this to any screen at all, small or big. I most certainly will not watch.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    So Chloe Moretz will star?

    by Cobb05

    Seems like she would be the first name thrown around.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    I suppose if it hewed more closely to the book...

    by Hellstrom

    ejected a lot of what has become iconic imagery and situations from the movie; maybe brought in aspects of the real life situations that inspired the novel (which inspired a lot of ripoffs and virtual remakes for decades now) spent more time on the non-horror aspects...I don't know...its a tall order. I am guessing this going on pay cable? Watering down the language and situations would be shooting yourself in the foot...

  • May 24, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    And this is a surprise?

    by thethirdman3

    I am of a firm believe every movie will be remade at some point. Star Wars, Godfather, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane will at sometime be remade. It is called society sinking into mediocrity.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Saw this in the presence of William Freidkin once in the 1990s...

    by jasper Stillwell

    ...some guy got up to go to the bathroom just as the film started and promptly fell over on the steps and knocked himself out. This was just as Freidkin was turning up at the venue in his limo to give a talk afterwards, as said guy was being stretcher-ed out to a waiting ambulance. Cue a bewildered Freidkin sat in the lobby thinking it was 'all happening again' and wondering if he was going to be facing a wad of lawsuits. (They should leave all this TV-Exorcist stuff alone....really...go do something new instead...).

  • May 24, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by mattythelionheart

    MarthaMartyMilagrowhatever was the biggest waste of time. What's wrong with you Nordling? This idea has as much promise as a 10 year old being diagnosed with terminal cancer. There are plenty of good horror novels to be adapted.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    I saw this when I was 6. My Unkle left the video

    by kikuchiyoboy

    laying around and my older brother and cousins popped it in. This movie scared the living poop out of me. We then watched Alien soon after. Those 2 movies forever changed the way I look at movies. Because of those 2 films nothing has freaked me out since. Those 2 movies grounded far fetched ideas. I'm down for a mini series though.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Book Being Adadpted

    by Craig

    I never understand why people get bent out of shape when a book is being adapted again. You're not remaking a movie if it's based on a book. Does that mean that every book should be adapted multiple times? No, but in a case like this where they are actually giving it a 10 episode TV run it actually seems kind of cool.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    anybody remember the tv movie remake of THE SHINING?

    by Spandau Belly

    I didn't think so.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    As the years go by Friedkin just looks more and more brilliant

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Plus the guy captured Shaq's best performance on film.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    probably the only way I could stomach this news...

    by carlotta_valdes the different format. That doesn't mean I'll 'support' it. Will wait to see reviews of the series. The film itself is a master class in psychological, spiritual and emotional manipulation...with enough touchstones rooted in the real world to trick viewers into truly believing the fantastic events depicted. It makes you believe for 2 hours that the devil walks among us. I've never been transported into a film's reality with that level of power before or since, and still struggle when watching it alone. Good luck matching that with your mini-series.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Oh, fuck off

    by Gary Makin

  • May 24, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Any horror film from the 70's not remade yet????

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • May 24, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I was about to go ballistic until you said Sean Durkin and TV series

    by Talkbacker with no name

    This will work

  • May 24, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    here's the real problem:

    by solitaire

    It's the same issue with trying to redo Jaws or Raiders or The Godfather- you can't beat the casting, and that right there kills the idea. If you can't possibly make it better, don't make it

  • May 24, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Shananigans! Horse Hockey, I say!

    by obijuanmartinez

  • May 24, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST


    by KM

    I'd be interested in knowing how old you are, as I am a pedoph-, wait, no that's not it. What I mean is, if you were of movie viewing age when this came out in the early 70s, and therefore hadn't seen all the films that cribbed from this classic, you might view it differently. I'm in my mid 40s and still think this is the scariest movie ever made.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    RE: Any horror film from the 70's not remade yet????

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Jaws? If you consider that a horror movie.

  • May 24, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Was not until you had a child?

    by Kris Downes

    You obviously did not see this on a pirate VHS when you were 12! A massive horror fan at the time, and I have to say without a doubt....the most effecting film (Godfather comes close for different reasons) I have ever seen. Maybe it was the shitty grainy Iraq scenes that did it, then cut to the American city, but Jesus..............(no pun intended)

  • May 24, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    The Power Of Christ....

    by Brian Tepper

    Compels me to not see this mother suckin' cocks in hell of an idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 24, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Anyone actually read the novel?

    by Essemtee

    The original novel is sprawling. The servant, Karl, goes to visit his daughter Elvira. The exorcism itself lasts for days, instead of one evening. There's even a new part thrown in, where Karras is visited by the spirit of a priest who warns to "stay away from The MacNeils". The demon says stuff like "sweet honey piglet" when referring to the girl. Ten episodes, though? Sounds like kind of a stretch.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Let me guess-

    by don

    your wife and mother-in-law are Catholics? The Exorcist absolutely terrifies Catholics!

  • May 24, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    They are remaking The Godfather as well

    by LowDevil

    Ratner to direct

  • May 24, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    @swivelhead, I'm 42 as of Tuesday.

    by Jaster Mareel

    I don't know the first time I saw this because my mother showed me horror movies my whole life. I remember buying it on beta when I was 18 and being really excited because it's =the scariest movie ever made=. I popped it in and waited for it to get scary. I waited the entire running time and it never happened. What's the scariest thing that happens in that movie? The bed levitating? Ooooh, I'ma pee myself! Dick Smith's now extremely dated doll head spinning around? The fact that a little girl is cursing? I don't know man. It just didn't do it for me.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I saw "The Exorcist" at the drive-in at age 5 or 6

    by MisterE

    I was born in April 1968 and saw "The Exorcist" at the drive-in. I've got a brother that's 10 years older than me, and he talked our mom into taking the family to see this film. The movie came out in '73, so I was 5 or 6 years old, and I still remember the crucifix fucking scene.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Exorcist is one of my favorite films...

    by Jay

    and I look forward to this new adaptation/remake mini-series. My wonderful looking Blu-ray set, with both cuts and loaded with features, isn't going to disappear. Back To The Future was fiction. Exorcist is still the film that had the most impact on me upon seeing it in theaters. And that was the 2001 cut BTW. Hadn't seen the movie before that. It holds up with the best of them. The sequels were awful (part 3 was decent) but the book was masterful. There's a lot more that can be explored here. If were lucky, maybe this will somehow get The Ninth Configuration on Blu-ray with "from the writer of the Exorcist" slapped on the cover. And Friedkins film Sorcerer, a remake of Wages Of Fear, was better than the original.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    HBO or Showtime only please

    by Shaun1138

    Remaking this for TV sucks in the first place, but if your going to do it...please do it in a venue that will allow the ultimate experience.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Too bad Richard Pryor is no longer with us . . .

    by Nice Marmot

  • May 24, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Oh, and another thing...

    by Essemtee

    Keep Michael Bay AWAY from any kind of movie remake treatment of The Exorcist. Away.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    So this is like The Shining tv remake?

    by D.Vader

    In other words, its not going to affect the feature movie. NO NEED TO WORRY.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    TEN Episodes? Guess I'll tune into the final 3

    by Baron Karza

    So its Exorcist 'The Series'?

  • May 24, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Friedkin's recent lawsuit over who owns Sorcerer (1977)

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Hope he can solve the mystery of who actually owns this film so we can get a bluray of this awesome movie, the dvd blows.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    I want to see a Fightclub cable series!!!

    by hopeless

    So much they can do with it! More fights! More crazy( the audience knows about the split personality so they don't have to hide it) more sex! More project mayhem!!!!!!!

  • May 24, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

    <3 Pazuzu (who has been living in The Green Gargantua since 1973)

  • May 24, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    @ polarized

    by Uopap

    I was in the same boat, saw this when I was 12 as an avid horror movie fan, as the t.v. trailers for the 3rd one started to pop. Figured I had to see the first 2 before, so I proceeded to rent the "old, most likely outdated and boring" Exorcist. I watched it alone at night and was absolutely terrified. I couldn't leave my seat, even to pee, because I was afraid she'd grab my legs. I had trouble sleeping for a good month after that. I kinda miss that feeling, but then again I probably don't...

  • May 24, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    They should shoot/edit/act as if it was a network show from the 70's

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And add a freeze frame at the finish of each show.

  • And for her sake, I hope Chloe Moretz doesnt take this. She's gonna start becoming a parody of herself pretty soon.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    No Von Sydow, no Miller (R.I.P), no Friedkin...NO DEAL.

    by tritium

    There are so many great books (including horror and sci-fi) that haven't been made into films. A wealth of stories to tap into. WHY does Hollywood insist on remakes.

  • Since it's blatantly obvious most here haven't read the book, If Christopher Lee narrating doesn't get you to read (or listen) to it, than I don't know what will. And it doesn't matter if you read the newer 40th ann. revised version. Both versions are wonderful.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by Kris Downes

    "I kinda miss that feeling, but then again I probably don't..." I hear you!

  • I can see that being really good, actually. And then it's not in direct competition with the film and isn't really 'reboot" either. It could work. As far as not having the film in your house, Nordling, I totally get that. For YEARS (my whole life up until I turned 34 or so), I actually stayed away from the film because it had been pumped up by friends and family as something so evil, so horrifying, so purely Satanic that I would burn in hell just for thinking about seeing it. (Ok, I'm exaggerating... but you get the idea.) Then, I finally decided to watch it about 2 years ago. I thought it was great! The film deserves all the accolades it's received over the last few decades. And, I agree, it *is* different watching any film that puts children in danger after becoming a parent. But, even though I thought The Exorcist had some genuine scares and really dark themes, I still wouldn't agree it's an "evil" film. One will not burst into flames or be possessed by the devil by having it in one's household.... Even though at one time, I really thought that could be true! Just buy it on Blu-ray and hide it in a drawer somewhere... you know, along with your porn collection. =)

  • May 24, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Please don't remake it.

    by Bigdada

  • May 24, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Somehow the "I" in my subject line moved... woops

    by Kremzeek

  • May 24, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Anyone who doesn't find this scary has *no* imagination...

    by irishraidersfan

    ... And that's coming from an atheist. This is like the ultimate 'rape' movie - your body and mind utterly violated. Love the first hour 'lulling', then the final hour that just doesn't let up. Fantastically made movie, great performances.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by Gotta have my Pops

    Why not cast Max Von Sydow to reprise the role? He's rather age-appropriate at this point. Moreover, this must be set in the Seventies.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by Chadley BeBay

    You twerps really surprised by this shit anymore. Who cares, they aren't removing the original from the shelves and replacing it with a new one.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Hollywood execs cook socks in hell

    by BenBraddock

    It's official.


  • May 24, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Hey, Nord...

    by spookymulder

    I have the Blu-Ray and you know what? The goddamn menu screen alone is the stuff of nightmares. It's the simplest thing, it's a green tinted freeze frame of Reagan McNeil's scowling face just before she grabs that dude's nuts. The only difference is, the eyes are pupiless and yellow and the audio is a loop track of the noises you hear in the attic scenes of the film. Really spooky shit.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Oh and wrath_of_fett:

    by Kremzeek

    I know you're not going to believe some dude on an AICN TB, but I'll go ahead and say it anyway: Religion aside (not intending to talk about any religious sect here), demons are real. Seen them with my own eyes on more than one occasion throughout my life (and, no I'm not talking about in the movies). Have I witnessed an actual "possession"? No, thankfully. But the devils themselves are absolutely real. And there isn't one thing you can say or do to make me deny it. Seen it. Been there. Don't look forward to any further experiences in that arena, so I hope it never happens again. And, for your sake, I hope you can stay in blissful ignorance for the rest of your life (that's a sincere statement, btw, not sarcasm). I would never wish it upon anyone - even fellow nerds in an online TB.


  • May 24, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I see what you did there nice marmot...

    by carlotta_valdes

    "the bed is on my foot..." Classic.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    OF COURSE IT IS!!! (slaps forehead) goddammit, why...

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • May 24, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Friedkin did a remake of 12 Angry Men, so I guess it's only fair

    by Adelai Niska

  • May 24, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Max von Sydow as Father Merrin!!

    by BenBraddock

    Just think what they'll save on makeup this time around!

  • May 24, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    I saw this in the theater for the re-release in the '00s.

    by rev_skarekroe

    At first the theater was full of giggling idiots. "Ha ha, '70s horror film. We're all way too sophisticated for this cheesiness!" By the halfway point, you could hear a pin drop. Nobody was laughing anymore. A remake will just be CGI b.s. and we all know it.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    And I'm going to be blasphemous here (toward the film world):

    by Kremzeek

    RE: Hollywood remaking JAWS and what they could do better... First of all, Jaws is one of the greatest films of all time, period. Saw it for the first time at 11 years old (against my mother's wishes) and was so scared of the water afterward, I wouldn't even go into the pool for my swim lessons... for WEEKS! So, yeah, Jaws will always have a special place in my heart for scaring the everliving shit out of me. However, what could they do better? The ONLY thing I can think of is the effects are terrible at the end. They really, really could do with some fixing. When the shark is swimming without any motion whatsoever (just goes straight thru the water like a torpedo), it looks really bad and always takes me out of the film. Also, the scene right before the shark takes a bite outta Quint looks really bad. The bottom jaw is just flapping away like a Muppet's. It's GREAT once Quint is being chomped apart, but right before when its head pops outta the water onto the boat... ugh. Looks really bad. BUT, that's truly all I can think of. So, unless they're going to fix those couple scenes with PRACTICAL effects (no CGI dammit!), and then re-release it like that... yeah, there's no fucking point in ever remaking Jaws - or the Godfather(s).

  • May 24, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    They already remade this

    by donkey_lasher

    Repossessed. Starring Leslie Neilson and Linda Blair.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Pea Soup Anyone?

    by donkey_lasher


  • May 24, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Proof that there is no God

    by Jake Pantlin

    Some movies should not be remade. This is one of them. Shame!

  • May 24, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Good luck to the network

    by donkey_lasher

    in making this as scary and visceral as the Movie. People will tune in expecting to be scared shitless. Either this will be hilariously bad, or mind numbingly dull.

  • A remake for cable would be interesting to see.

  • ck!

  • May 24, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    So when is JAWS being remade?

    by IAmLegolas

    only a matter of time.

  • May 24, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Hello to Jason Isaacs, indeed!

  • May 24, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    re: skarekroe

    by Mr. Anderson

    I had the same experience seeing the 2000 re-release in the theater. Some laughing early on, then... silence. I could tell people were seriously bothered by the movie. I'd seen the movie a couple times on video before seeing it on the big screen, and even knowing what was coming it was still an incredibly effective horror film. If The Exorcist doesn't scare you at least a little bit, then you're lying.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Did the re-release

    by donkey_lasher

    have the subliminal images?

  • May 24, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Stop it. Stop it!! STOP IT!!!

    by Sparky The Wonder Dog

    Is nobody in Hollywierd capable of an original goddam thought anymore?

  • May 24, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by palpeedude

    I mean really... why?

  • May 24, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    It has been remade a couple of times ...

    by Lars Espeter

    under different names and with slightly different storylines. There is only so much that you can do with that genre and theme. So why bother ...? I think "Look who is talking" was a great exorcism movie with a different angle to the topic ... and it had direct quotes from the original in it.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    I wonder how they will treat the Catholic faith.

    by Ingeld

    Will it hold true to a Catholic/Christian belief that it is Christ's divinity that gives the exorcist the authority to cast out demons? Or will they try to undermine this belief as it is not fashionable any more to be Christian.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Anderson

    The re-release has the demonic white face flashing subliminally on surfaces in the house towards the end of the movie. That goddamn face is still fucking terrifying...

  • May 24, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    This Just In...

    by MongoMike

    Hollywood has officially ran out of any independent thought; surprising absolutely no one, except for crazy uncle Billy Joe Rob. And he doesn't count, well actually only up to 19, using his toes and remaining fingers. That is all.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by JamesT

    Are Hollywood's attempt at stopping online piracy. Why bother downloading a movie that you've already seen 10 different times already? Brilliant move................

  • I remember chatting with someone on here about it.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    The scariest part of The Exorcist?.......

    by connor187

    I was watching a documentary about The Exorcist a while ago and a guy on it touched upon a moment in the film that I never really picked up on before. He was talking about the scene with Father Karras in the subway early on in the film. In the scene Karras comes across a bum sat slumped against a wall, the bum says something like "could you spare a dollar for an old alter boy father"....Now much later on Regan repeats the line in a throw away manor as Karras sizes her up/testing her to see if she is faking. Karras kind of freezes for a second and turns to look at Reagan, with a look like, how the hell did you know that? Now as creepy as that would be, the guy in the documentary touched on the fact that The Devil is absolutely everywhere, he sees absolutely everything and he will always be watching.......Now THAT'S some scary shit!

  • May 24, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Close up pic of Lizard's face from Spider-Man

    by Jaster Mareel

  • May 24, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    saw MMMM last night; damn fine film; Olsen was fucking perfect

    by Simpsonian

  • May 24, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Oh and connor.....

    by Jaster Mareel


  • May 24, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    TV series = heavily edited/censored = unwatched by me

    by Punisherthunder

    Unless it's on HBO

  • May 24, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Let's hope it's PG-13 and 3D!!!! that would be AWESOME!

    by Simpsonian

  • ... this movie was an absolute cultural phenomenon when it came out and sent people into complete fits of hysteria in some cases. My older brother saw it when it came out in theaters. Not realizing what he'd just seen, I thought I'd be funny when he came home that night and hid behind our bedroom door. The lights were out, of course, cause I was supposed to be asleep, and when he quietly came into the room, I jumped on his back and let out a growl, or something. He screamed like a fucking girl! Laughing my ass off, I jumped into my bed, "Ha ha ha ha! I got you!" "Do you have any idea what I just saw, you fucking asshole?!!" he said as he proceeded to beat the living shit out of me. My mom came running in and thought my 14-year-old brother had completely lost his mind. Good times... Years later, I remember I tried to force my girlfriend at the time, who had gone to an all-girls Catholic school, to watch it with. Not realizing the effect it woud have on her, I just popped in the VHS and tried to hold her on the couch, thinking she'd calm down and just watch it. She started to fucking FREAK OUT the second the first bit of demonic imagry came on and went crying up to my room. Nice girl. Wonder what she's up to these days. So yeah, might not work the same for everyone, especially today, but god damn, in my opinion it was and still IS one of the most frightening and disturbing films of all time. And it trancends the horror genre as a truly amazing film in its own right. Friedkin was on his fucking game, for sho.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by don

    Gee thanks dude, for explaining a point I got when I was FOURTEEN! Any other insights?

  • May 24, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by connor187


  • May 24, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    @wrath & redwhitenegro:

    by Kremzeek

    @Wrath: Haha, nah. I don't have pictures. When you're in a situation like that, you aren't thinking "oh, shit I better find my camera". And I'm not haunted. I'm just telling you that on more than one occasion, I've witnessed this stuff with my own eyes. I fully expect everyone here to think I'm crazy. I probably would too, in your shoes. But it happened, and I can't and won't deny it. @Red: Agreed. Personal religious belief is not required to enjoy or be scared by the Exorcist. It's about the characters and what they believe - or are struggling to believe or not.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Well excuse me all to hell russellcrowsbrrybelly...

    by connor187

    that part actually passed me by initially!....I must of been busy with your Mother and her Mother!

  • May 24, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Oh... sorry, Red:

    by Kremzeek

    I don't agree that all religion is BS. Absolutely not. But, I *was* agreeing that the film doesn't require a specific religious belief to enjoy and understand its message(s).

  • She shows up in a crucial scene, summating the Father Karras character. She's there, I promise.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Yeah it's called THE POSSESSION...

    by Cool Ethan

    Look at the The Possession poster.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Mark Kermode just shat out his spine...

    by Dromosus

    ...all we need now is to confirm Michael Bay as director.

  • May 24, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Mark Kermode's gonna be pissed.

    by BadMrWonkaSucksCock

    He'll be like the Guns of the Navarone!

  • May 24, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I'm all for non-linear storytelling

    by gaygoonie

    But Martha, Macy, Whatever is the rare film I WISH had been told in chronological order.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Exorcist only is really scary at the end

    by Titus05

    the actual exorcism is a very small part of the movie from what I remember...

  • May 24, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    The Ninth Configuration

    by J

    Stop with The Exorcist already. OK, it was a great movie adaptation of a great book by a great author. But, after how many sequals and remakes and remarkets and revisionings, let it go. His novel, The Ninth Configuration, is an equally (I think superior) piece that had a much less known and inferior movie made starring Stacy Keach (of all people). Thing of it is, it was still quite powerful and is still in my top 100 movies of all time. If they could remake that one, with some real production value, they would have something worth watching. The themes of this story (religion, faith, honor, the horror of war and the effects it has on our soldiers) all are extremely timely. So please, let the pea soup dry and make something that will actually add to the lexicon of cinema. Just sayin'

  • May 24, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Adam Sandler as the Demon voice.

    by Pvt. Duke

    Kevin Connolly as Higgins.

  • May 24, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    hey nordling

    by eloy

    how many blus in your collection? just to compare

  • May 24, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I read the book before I saw the movie...

    by Blue_Demon

    and I thought the movie was fantastic. One of the scariest scenes in the movie for me is when Jason Miller walks in and Regan is strapped down on the bed and he looks up at her...and it's his mother, staring accusingly at him. No sound, no dialogue...nothing. Just an old woman lit starkly from above. That scene had a lot of weight for me because in the book Blatty touched more on her poverty and suffering, "Dimmy, if you was doctor instead of priest I live in a good house, not with da cockroach..." Karras was carrying a LOT of guilt. Another scene I loved was when Chris McNeil was walking back from the movie set and she sees the nuns walking along the sidewalk. The music, their habits blowing in the wind...the leaves rattling around them. Jesus, Friedkin was a master. The book is amazing, by the way. You can't help but fall in love with Detective Kinderman. this take on the book: I hope they capture as much of the emotions and atmosphere that Friedkin did. If not...why bother? Oh...about Exorcist III (spoiler) spoiler, dammit. How about that scene where the comatose lady gets up behind the nurse and stalks her with the huge shears at her neck. Did you all jump as far as I did? :D

  • May 24, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    God damn! That poster is amazing

    by lv_426

    One of the all time greatest movie posters, and possibly the greatest horror movie poster ever. If anything, tied with the floating egg poster of Alien.

  • you are great.

  • i have a good enough imagination, thank you. As for the remake, should be good for a laugh.

  • May 24, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by Yelsaeb

    That is all.

  • May 24, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Who is that anyway

    by UltraTron

  • May 24, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Cant wait for Exorcist happy meals with peashakes

    by Mike Myers

    And the original is STILL scary. Some people think its a bit slow at the start. That is the best once she really unleashes in the 2nd half.

  • May 24, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Keep Mick Garris 5000 miles away from this please

    by Mike Myers

    NOBODY can destroy good horror like this guy. ALL his mini series stunk. Including The Stand. His crap is filmed as filler imbetween endless commerials.

  • May 24, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    "Alien" will be next in the remake fiasco queue...

    by madmental a CG motion capture extravaganza (directed by Robert Zemeckis, but of course), with the glassy-eyed crew of the Nostromo more terrifying by far than the slobbering xenomorph thingmy that hunts them.

  • May 24, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Kermode liked Martha Marcy Mingo Mungo, though

    by Keith

    ...and the change of medium means it's not a direct remake. So maybe he won't be completely against it.

  • May 24, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Remember the TV version of THE SHINING?

    by Jason

    And how much it sucked?

  • May 24, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    'Some people think its a bit slow at the start.'

    by Keith

    Off the top of my head, I can't think of a single great horror movie that DOESN'T have a slow start. One of the reason modern horror films tend to be so shit is because they don't have the patience to build tension, atmosphere and dread. Last year's Thing prequel/remake was a paradigmatic example. The period BEFORE the beast is unleashed is the sweet spot of any great horror movie, and needs to be managed with great care for the film to achieve its potential.

  • May 24, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    I like Mick Garris

    by Jaster Mareel

    I thought Sleepwalkers and The Stand were both really good.

  • May 24, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Ooooooooo fuck off hollywood

    by CoolerKing72

    You set of unoriginal fuckwits... How much talent is out there with great scripts and you rape us with constant re-boots...FUCK OFF CUNTS!!

  • May 24, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Thanks for revealing aspects of the end of M4

    by MisterManReturns

    I have it in my queue.

  • May 24, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Casting ideas

    by Franco Milan

    Peter Fonda as Father Merrin Edgar Ramirez as Damian Karris

  • May 24, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I'm a Protestant preacher's kid

    by MisterManReturns

    And, honestly, I laughed my ass off at the original. It must be a Catholic thing.

  • May 24, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    movie into tv series do able

    by rakesh patel

    like tv series into movie. 10 part mini series is different, the logic of using the name to draw people in is a given, obviously a mini series over 10 hours is going to be completely different, so yeah, its not trying to be the movie which is great. A pity they just didnt have the ballls to say this is a new mini horror and call it something else.

  • May 24, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    for fucks sake!

    by Kakii

    Cant Hollywood look at other stuff to remake? Originally this movie was awesome and really scary, now its ok. But come one Im sure that alot of 1950's B movies could do with remakes rather than a cult classic!

  • May 24, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Casting 2 keeping it in the family

    by Franco Milan

    Damian Karris - Jason Patric

  • May 24, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Mmmmmoooottthhhheeerrr make it stop!

    by Robbiemc9

    Funny how so many people on here had the same experience as me seeing this at the age of 8 on shitty pirated Betamax. Didn't sleep for weeks. Possibly my fav movie ever. Still find it hard to get through. The scene between the detective and the mother when she is making coffee and knows her daughter killed Burke kills me. Ellen's acting is astounding. My sister and I had to share a room once around the time and she took great delight in scaring the shit out of me by sitting bolt upright in bed and turning slowly to me glaring and repeating the line "you know what she did. Your cunting daughter!" before falling out laughing at my pale bugg eyed face. What a bitch. But I love her for it. I caught the rerelease with her and we have both watched the movie so many times but when that spider walk scene hit we both hit the ceiling. After the movie we had to catch a train from a creepy subway like from the movie all jittery and twitchy from the experience. The real horror is in the quiet moments between the violence. The gay piano playing priest and the smoking doctors crack me up now though

  • May 24, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    Wow. I guess no horror films scare you at all. It must be a dead genre for you. I mean, there are no such things as vampires, zombies, ghosts, aliens...

  • that's how i remember the exorcist. and not really scary if you don't believe in devils

  • May 24, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    It's so weird seeing that poster without any text.

    by ufoclub1977

  • May 24, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    I watched it first time when I was 10 on a vid cassette .

    by Jaymie69

    That film fucked my head up in a good way but there's something about it that is wrong. It's brilliant. WTF is going on that theyre turning it into a fucking soap!!!

  • May 24, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    the smoking doctor

    by rakesh patel

    yep old school style, they give you a brain tumour diagnosis whilst lightening up a cigarette. Funny how times change, his diagnosis of imbalance electrical activity and ritalin.. today just by watching episodes of house i would have called bullshit! What was going on with that nurses headwear? she was wearing a little white porkpie hat. like a butcher which was way to small for her. whn i watched this around the saem time it was the omen and another one of m personal favs, The Medusa Touch with richard burton. that movie scared the crap out of me.

  • May 24, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    The Protestants may laugh, but when it happens

    by Ingeld

    They call a priest.

  • May 24, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by A.J. Albright

    Everyone keeps oozing about this film. I made it about halfway through but kept falling asleep in my chair and finally just stopped watching. Should I give the movie another chance with a pot of coffee?

  • May 24, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    First saw it when I was 7 and still freaks me out

    by tangcameo

    That moment in Iraq when Father Merrin is looking at the stone head and the clock stops dead. That always gets me.

  • With several episodes set in the showers?

  • May 24, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Hasn't The Exorcist been remade for decades?

    by mrbscribe

    Obvious response.

  • May 24, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Original is the most overrated movie of all time.

    by Buck_Futt

    It's about as scary as dryer lint.

  • May 24, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Medical Tests

    by Robbiemc9

    Yes the Nurses funky head gear was equal to the subliminal imagery! About 5 years ago I had to have a medical scan of my sinus. Can't remember if it was an XRay or MRI or what but I was lying down on the table ready to go when the doctor suddenly annouced he would give me an injection and that I may experience a funny metalic taste in my mouth. Now I am not scared of needles - but I was up and off that table in a flash. The doctor was taken by surprise and asked me whats wrong. I told him there was no way he was coming near my neck with a needle. He burst our laughing and knew immediately I was thinking The Exorcist. He assured me he would not inject my neck and it was a normal arm injection. He did however go on to tell me that he had conducted the test that occurs in the movie and that they used to use the scene from the movie for training. I think this is also covered in one of the extras on the disk. One thing I think sets this move apart is the sound. Not so much the score (which is also amazing) but just the sound. The scratching, the dog fight, the straing Iraq wailing she does at the end when she reveals the statue image from Iraq. Even when to know to use no sound. Like Karas's dream when you first see the subliminal image or the shot of Regan staring blankly into space when the scratching occurs in the roof. Gives me chills. The asylum where his mother is locked up also freaked the SHIT out of me. It was like Cuccoos nest on acid. Some of the freaky characters - ugh!

  • May 24, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Replace the possessed girl with

    by iceman199

    Michael Bay's Optimus Prime.

  • May 24, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    I almost got mad.

    by adeceasedfan

    Silly headline. You trickster you. TV who cares? Go for it.

  • May 24, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST

    This is no shit...

    by Terry Powell

    ...I've been pulling my Bluerays off the self and checking out the making of documentaries. Sunday I watched the making of The Magnificent Seven and the next day I find out Tom Cruise is remaking it. Last night I watched the making of The Exorcist and today, well, you know. I'm hesitant to put in The Bridge on the River Kwai and I'm gonna have to think really hard about that Jaws blu.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Yeah - more Protestant hilarity...

    by Perigee

    I laughed myself semi-sick in the theater watching this film; Kid walks down stairs and takes a whizz on the hardwood. The guests at the party shut up. The audience shut up. I snickered. The etch-a-sketch belly. The crucifix porn. The green puke in the face. The spinny head. What part of this was supposed to be scary? Tossing the aftershave on the kid - ~The power of Christ Compels you!!!~ ~RAAAAR!~ ~The Power of Christ Compels you!!!~ I imagine the audience in that theater was afraid I might whizz in the aisle or something, because I managed a couple of bellylaughs.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    ultratron has a point

    by Marc Cerasini

    but I doubt HBO has the vision to make the Conan series. I give it to Starz, and hope it's as bloody and sexy as Spartacus.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    robbiemc9 -- the medical scan scene in The Exorcist

    by lv_426

    That is one of the brilliant aspects of that movie. We can all relate to not wanting to go to the doctor, especially when we were younger. The scene itself was unsettling with the loud scanning machine freaking out Regan. Then the fact that modern medicine can't fix things, and they have to turn to the church as a last resort, really added to the realism and the sense of desperation for Ellyn Burnstyn's character. Oh yeah, the doctor smoking plays kinda funny now. Kinda reminds me of Mad Men. It was just how things were back then. Maybe they should do this Exorcist TV miniseries as a 70's period piece? Those types of shows seem to have caught on now with stuff like Mad Men, Magic City, and Boardwalk Empire. Although setting this Exorcist series in the 70's will be just an extra reminder of the original, and another point of comparison. In this case, making the thing in the first place is going to be a challenge akin to fighting a huge uphill battle with an army of blind old men while being vomited on with putrid pea soup by a pissed off demonic jolly green giant. I don't envy the people tasked with rebooting one of the best and most iconic horror movies of all time. It seems foolish, but then again I am not surprised with another remake of a classic being announced.

  • May 24, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I'd say The Exorcist is one of the scariest movies I've seen

    by lv_426

    and is definitely one of my favorite horror films. If I had to list the five films that fucked me up the most in terms of sheer terror, pants shitting suspense, and just plain old dread: 1) A L I E N 2) JACOB'S LADDER 3) THE EXORCIST 4) COMMUNION 5) NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) These are the films that not only scared me back in the day, but still feel pretty damn effective as top of the line horror films. They still hold a lot of their dark power if you will. All that I've listed are pretty much classic horror films in every way shape and form. Beyond that, they all have interesting elements beyond the horror: story, characters, themes, and world building. Maybe that is why these are films that I keep coming back to and can always feel like it was worthwhile seeing them tons of times over the years. Honorable mentions: Aliens, The Thing (1982), The Shining, The Ring (2002 U.S. remake), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 & 1978), and Halloween (original 1978). Also, while not a typical horror film, Spielberg's JAWS had suspense in spades. I feel like in certain ways, it can be included in the company of these other classic horror films. There are also several bits in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness and in Event Horizon that initially scared me pretty good, however, both of those films are still fun but have too much cheese factor overpowering the scares.

  • Hollywood is dead.

  • Boring, Not the SLIGHTEST bit scary, just horrible.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    I'd believe in vampires before demons if I had to choose.

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator

    Thankfully, I don't choose what I believe in.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Deliverance is scarier than The Exorcist...

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator

    ... but that is because I'm an atheist raised in redneck country.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    How can you guys even remotely munger up excitement anymore?


  • May 24, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Nothing gets made unless it's being remade.

    by kabong

    Oh, you're so creative, movie and TV dummies.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST

    The Descent is scarier than The Exorcist...

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator

    ... because CHUD's are everywhere, especially in talkbacks.

  • May 24, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    you have got to be fucking kidding me

    by maxcherry

  • May 24, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST

    I used to live in the Exorcist's house...

    by zinc_chameleon

    really. It's now called Our Lady of Fatima Russian Catholic Church now, and real priest was a Jesuit called Fr. Carl. It's on 20th and Lake in the Richmond district, just near the Golden Gate Bridge. Oh, and it is haunted, by a Russian aristocrat who murdered his wife and maid (mistress) in their bathrooms, then slit his wrists in the slop sink in the basement. Great place!

  • May 24, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    The Exorcist is drivel.

    by Relentless85

    How the fuck this is the same guy who directed The French Connection. It's poorly written and with few exceptions, it's also poorly acted. Before you ask, yes I'm an atheist and no I don't find zombie, vampire, etc flicks scary either. I just love horror movies. The closest thing to a scary "religious" film I can think of is Frailty. But that's more the crazy whacked out religious parent movie.

  • There's a slew of obscure made-for-TV gems from the 1970s that would be great fodder for big-screen remakes. THE CAT CREATURE is at the top of my wish list (PSYCHO novelist Robert Bloch penned the script), but there are others like ISN'T IT SHOCKING and THE STRANGE AND DEADLY OCCURRENCE that could work too.

  • May 24, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Oh, you Protestants

    by slone13

    You so crazy

  • May 24, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    *Your Mother sews socks that smell!*

    by DrMorbius

  • May 24, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Aronofsky for this one.

    by ReportAbuse

  • May 24, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Does this star Hitgirl as well?

    by banditmania

    She's everywhere.....

  • May 24, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    daniel_s_duvall, lest we forget Gargoyles. Damn, that movie turned my shit white.

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator

  • May 24, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    zinc_chameleon, did you see the ghost?

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator

  • May 24, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Why you do dis to me dami?

    by Hugh G Rekshun


  • May 24, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Why you have to remake da movie Dimmy?

    by lv_426

    I don't want to watch da new RoboCop Dimmy.

  • May 24, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by jimmy

  • May 24, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    The power of remakes compels you!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    The power of remakes compels you!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    The power of remakes compels you!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    The power of remakes compels you!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    The power of $$$$ compels you!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    The power of $$$$ compels you!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    The power of $$$$ compels you!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    The power of $$$$ compels you!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    The power of $$$$ compels you!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    The power of $$$$ compels you!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Your remake sucks cocks in hell!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Your remake sucks cocks in hell!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Your remake sucks cocks in hell!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Friedkins Sorcerer was a remake of a remake of a remake. Top that!

    by illegal alien vs sexual predator

    I can only imagine what the talkback venom was like when that movie came out in 1977. I was too young to operate a computer back then so I can only speculate.

  • May 24, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Your remake sucks cocks in hell!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Your remake sucks cocks in hell!

    by lv_426

  • May 24, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST memories each time I watched this one.

    by kenchun24

    My best friend Glen's dad had this on Laserdisc (as well as many other awesome classics) watched it one night while his dad was painting his WW2 models in his lazy boy,he would just glance up during key scenes and laugh at us two scared shitless kids watching Exorcist. Saw the re-release in 2001 at Manns Chinese with a buddy of mine.We were at the Hambuger Hamlet getting beer across the street from Manns.We ended up sharing a drink with a couple of girls and talked them into getting some tickets to watch the Exorcist with us. Yeah, me and my buddy both went home alone after that viewing.The girls were too scared to grab a nightcap with us. Watched it with an ex girlfriend of mine who had never seen it and she forced me to watch My Best Friends Wedding (she was a big Julia Roberts fan) immediately after our viewing of The Exorcist. Exorcist...great movie.

  • May 24, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by kenchun24

    ....another one bites the dust.

  • May 25, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Some dialogue from the meeting about this remake

    by lv_426

    Struggling Screenwriter Karras: Well, then let's introduce ourselves. I'm Damien Karras. Film Exec Demon: And I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps so I can remake all the classic movies of the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. Struggling Screenwriter Karras: If you're the Devil, why not make the straps disappear? Film Exec Demon: That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras. Besides, I don't do menial tasks. That is why I have an underpaid assistant.

  • May 25, 2012, 12:13 a.m. CST

    The Exorcist was the ultimate "Disease of the Week" movie

    by disastermag

    Which is not a criticism. Those things were terrifying.

  • May 25, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Why a remake? Why this classic film?

    by lv_426

    I think the point is to make us despair. To see ourselves as... animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that Hollywood could ever make an original film again.

  • May 25, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    There are no experts

    by lv_426

    There are no experts. You probably know as much about prequels and remakes than most producers. Look, your director doesn't say he's a hack. He says he's the Ratner himself. And if you've talked with as many moguls as I have, you'd know it's like saying you're Stanley Kubrick.

  • May 25, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    You go to films, Father Dyer?

    by lv_426

    Lt. Kinderman: You go to films, Father Dyer? You like them? Father Dyer: Oh, sure. Lt. Kinderman: I get passes. In fact I've got a pass for the Crest tomorrow night. You'd like to go? Father Dyer: What's playing? Lt. Kinderman: A remake of RoboCop. Father Dyer: WTF? A remake of RoboCop! Who's in it? Lt. Kinderman: Gary Oldman, and that tall dude from that show The Killing. You're happy? Father Dyer: I've seen the original. Lt. Kinderman: Another one.

  • May 25, 2012, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Mark Kermode just said....


    'Also re stories of TV Exorcist, Blatty assures me 'It cannot be a remake of my novel, to which they [Morgan Creek] have no right whatever'. (via Twitter)

  • May 25, 2012, 3:50 a.m. CST

    The Exorcist Is The Most Overrated, Least Scary Movie Ever

    by Dead_Kate_Moss

    Good only for laughs.

  • May 25, 2012, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Evil Dead Trilogy > L'anticristo (1974) > The Exorcist

    by CuervoJones

  • May 25, 2012, 5:30 a.m. CST


    by Eric

    that is just stupid all those other things are fake also they do not scare.movies are not scary, if you are just a little mature. i mean come on what is the last movie that really scarred you.

  • May 25, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Undetermined network?

    by angry kitty

    Is there ANY possibility this could move to cable? Seems like something better suited to HBO or STARZ

  • May 25, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    I'm losing track of my Re-makes. Didn't they just remake this?

    by Dr_PepperSpray

    Despite all the remakes, the originals are still the only ones anyone remembers. <P> Also Hollywood Producers are chicken shit who are scared to death of new ideas.

  • May 25, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    So has this story been debunked?

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Is Blatty really tweeting that Morgan Creek doesn't have the rights to his novel? And if so, is this story B.S.?

  • May 25, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    A true movie lover....

    by Martin

    ... will take in consideration the ERA in which the movie was made. That's what gives it is value. That's like watching a Charlie Chaplin movie and say "I don't find this shit funny!" The Exorcist represents a time of sexual and moral revolution, of people turning their back on Christianity. These were extremely sensitive subjects. It came shortly after horror movies like Dracula and The Pit and the Pendulum... So you have to understand how insanely shocking this movie was for people at that time. They were fainting and leaving the movie theatre.

  • May 25, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST

    My father couldn't sleep for weeks after seeing the Exorcist

    by Joe Plumber

    I think that growing up Catholic definitely means that it will resonate a certain way for you.

  • May 25, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Scariest SCENE ever has got to be in Exorcist 3

    by Mike Myers

    My god. The hallway thing. Geezus that was a seat exploder. A PERFECT setup for a shock.

  • May 25, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    As an atheist...

    by zach hill

    ...I don't get the hate for this movie. One of the scariest ever made. How can a possession be any less scary than any other made up creature?

  • I bet you pissed your pants at the Paranormal Activity* films. Losers! *Which in the end are just cheap gimmicky knockoffs of The Exorcist anyway.

  • Some horror is scary just because. Tons of boo scares, wicked camera angles, uncomfortable situations...the original House on Haunted Hill or maybe even Bob Clark's Black Christmas come to mind. But The Exorcist is one of those where you have to have a personal connection to it in order for it to be truly scary, as Nordling said above. Pushing faith, fear of bad things happening to your children, etc., these things don't affect everyone. It's the same reason I think Eyes Wide Shut isn't worth watching unless you've been in a long up-and-down relationship. Otherwise you just won't connect as a viewer. It's narrowness was also ultimately it's failure IMO, and the same could be said for The Exorcist.

  • Only an ignorant person would not be able to see how influential the Exorcist was. Hell, if lots of people didn't think it was scary, why are people still ripping it off. There were at least three or four films about exorcism or demonic possession in wide release last year. It's becoming its own genre rivaling zombies and vampires almost. And it all started from this fantastic film, which personally scared the living crap out of me when I first saw it. And I watched it recently and while it no longer scares me, I can still say that it is a masterfully crafted film and still THE staple when it comes to movies about exorcism.

  • May 25, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    I was ready to grab my torch and pitchfork...

    by UltimaRex

    Then I read "ten-episode television series". I'm strangely fine with that.

  • May 25, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    The Exorcist ATTEMPTED to shock viewers with subliminal images

    by Dead_Kate_Moss

    But it seems subliminal images aren't noticed and have no effect, so whatever. It's still not a scary movie unless a. you watched it when you were 12. b. you believe in the devil and possessions, because you are stupid. or c. you have a child and imagine this horrible thing could happen to them (a common link for the people I have heard rave about it, personally). Otherwise, (and I didn't say it was a bad film) OVERRATTED & NOT SCARY.

  • It's not something I want to get into details about on a public forum. I don't typically let anyone know about it at all because, as you can imagine, most people would think I'm a crazy fool - and I don't feel like dealing with that. I'd be willing to tell you what happened in a different setting though. Not quite sure how to do that as I don't want to publicly post my email address either. Maybe I could setup a temporary Yahoo account to correspond. Or, if you can think of an easier way I'm overlooking, that's cool. I'm open to suggestions.

  • May 25, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Jesus titty fuckin' Christ!

    by lv_426

    Now The Exorcist is shit? Can we ever have a talkback about a classic film that isn't hijacked by having to deal with all these people that hate original films that are now considered classics or influential? So The Exorcist is silly unless you have kids or are a raving Bible thumper? That makes no sense. I guess I don't like Die Hard or John Woo's Hard Boiled cause I'm not a cop. I can't like Alien and Aliens cause I am not a space trucker or a colonial marine. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are off limits because I'm not a wizard, elf, dwarf, or a hobbit. The Terminator must have been a delusion, because it surely could not have resonated with me due to the fact that we don't have cybernetic humanoid killing machines in this day and age.

  • May 25, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    No Lv_246

    by Dead_Kate_Moss

    Those films are all exciting and great even if you aren't in a similar position to the protagonist(s). They aren't overrated. It's just The Exorcist that is overrated, not scary and basically just quite silly and funny. And its not the passage of time either, as Texas Chainsaw Massacre came out around the same time, and that's still scary as fuck.

  • May 25, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    lv_426 - You can like what you like...

    by Perigee

    ... but, at the same time, other people's experiences of the film are as valid as your own. I don't go in for Boogah Men, and that goes double for Boogah Men climbing inside people and making them piss on the carpet. But that's what makes opinion - theveryfirst thought that scene was the scariest thing ever, while all I could think was that somebody was going to have to rent a Rug Doctor after the party. ~shrug~ No movie reaches a height where it becomes immune from detractors - especially when the disagreement is honest. And this one is. You need to buy into the concept of possession before "The Exorcist" is anything scary. I can be afraid of a shark. I can be afraid of big bladed weapons (That big guy has a machete/axe/chainsaw - I'm not going to worry about his mythos; just the fact he's got a mind to make fresh hamburger with what he's got in his hands.) I can't be afraid of some tyke burping latin, I can't be afraid of dollies, leprechauns, or otherwise tiny, easily crushed things that menace people who could send them the length of a football field with a mashie niblick. It's simply outside my zone.

  • ...I just didn't find it scary...that's what I mean by 'subjective'. It didn't resonate with me in a way that caused fear or unease, but it may work for you. It was well written, well acted and for it's time VERY controversial in it's handling of taboo topics, and I'll always respect it as a classic...I just won't head back to it as something scary.

  • May 25, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    Only movies about Hispanic Guys who work for an Insurance Company resonate with me.

  • May 25, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by fain88

    "It's still not a scary movie believe in the devil and possessions, because you are stupid." I would think not believing in demons/christianity/etc would make this movie a MILLION times more terrifying. If it's a demon, at least you know what you're dealing with and have, y'know, an EXORCIST there who might be able to fix it. But if you DON'T believe in demons and possession, then this little girl is just spitting up pea soup and spinning her head in circles and masturbating with a crucifix of her own volition? Seems like it would be MUCH more horrifying for an atheist to watch this...but to each their own.

  • May 25, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    fain88, I'm inferring you DO believe in the Devil

    by Dead_Kate_Moss

    Hence you find it scary (the rest of your post doesn't make much sense, I'd rather have some little girl puking up than the Devil inside her, obviously). Anyway, you prove my point, only Catholics and religious types find this film scary.

  • Doesn't scare sensible people.

  • May 25, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Exorcist III

    by othman

    One of the most under-rated sequels of all time. There are some flaws (some George C. Scott overacting one of them) but damn if this dosen't have some of the creepiest images in horror history (the old lady crawling on the ceiling, Jesus Statue opening its eyes, everything that happens in the last 20 minutes). The characters are well drawn--love the relationship between the priest and cop--true friends. The dialouge between the Gemeni Killer and Kindermen is a wonderful mental chess game with creepy supernatural overtones lacing it throughout. Love that film!

  • May 25, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    ...while ramming a crucifix up his ass

    by Paratrooper_Activity

    ....I have no fears of my son rotating his head around and target vomiting pea soup while ramming a crucifix up his ass... Wrath_of_ Fett ....yeah nothing like having high expectations for ones children and then seeming them met! Congrats!

  • May 26, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    THE EXORCIST Is Being Remade...

    by MajorFrontbum

    What a complete fucking surprise! Another surprise, is that I won't be fucking watching it. FUCK REMAKES & REBOOTS!

  • May 26, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST

    fuck off

    by rlong

    there is absolutly no need to remake is like remaking serpico with justin bieber. it is a film as important as the godfather and impossible to one went to see any of the prequels/sequals so who is the demogaphic they are appealing to? fucking retarded.

  • May 26, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    The movie scared me because...

    by Martin

    I once put a crucifix up my ass and that didn't go very well. So it resonates with my own scary life experience.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Fuck all the people talking shit on this.

    by Randy

    The Exorcist is a great film, pure and simple, from the opening shot to the perfect finale that features one of the best set pieces ever. Only religious people find the film scary?That is one of the most ignorant and silly things I have ever fucking read. I don't believe in Freddy Krueger, but I still found a Nightmare on Elm Street to be scary, so right there you argument is debunked. You act like it's objective or some shit, but it's very possible to be scared by the movie and it's themes without being religious. The film puts character development from and center, and how anybody could think the acting isn't amazing is beyond me, Jason Miller is fucking amazing. Great cinematography, direction, editing, dialogue and balls is what make the Exorcist a great film, not just the scares.