Monday, October 30, 2017

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #016: The Exorcist (1973)




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EPISODE DESCRIPTION

What an excellent day for an exorcism. On today’s Halloween podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1973 William Friedkin classic: THE EXORCIST! On this week’s show:

Alamo Drafthouse adventures
Has Edgar Wright ever made a bad film?
Halloween season movies
When did we first experience THE EXORCIST?
Terrifying even for a lapsed Catholic
The exorcism of Roland Doe
William Friedkin sounds like a more educated Donald Trump
William Peter Blatty’s power as producer
Friedkin making the cast and crew film in a freezer
The urban myths and legends of the film production
Mercedes McCambridge
The power of nitroglycerin
The prologue confuses first time viewers
The amazing make-up job on Max Von Sydow
The secret behind Captain Howdy’s subliminal messages
The banned trailer
Who owns a Ouija board?
How the parallel stories of Regan and Damien Karras intersect
The GREAT Lee J. Cobb
The “Exorcist” Steps
The Crucifix Scene
Audience reactions: fainting, barf bags, etc.
Friedkin, the sadist
Campbell’s Pea Soup
How Jason Miller got the role
The original Damien Karras
“Help Me”
The iconic shot of Merrin arriving at the McNeil house
“Why you do this to me, Dimi?”
Angering the crew by slapping a priest
Damien Karras’ story arc and crisis of faith
The differences between the Theatrical and Extended cuts
The Spider Walk
The massive box office success of the film
The disappointing sequels
REPOSSESSED does not hold up



FILM REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE:

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
ALL THE KING’S MEN (1949)
THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953)
ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)
THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
THE STING (1973)
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (1977)
SORCERER (1977)
ALIEN (1979)
THE SHINING (1980)
AIRPLANE (1980)
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
THE THING (1982)
THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985)
THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD (1988)
REPOSSESSED (1990)
THE EXORCIST III (1990)
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)
FIGHT CLUB (1999)
THE ROOM (2003)
SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)
EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING (2004)
DOMINION: A PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST (2005)
HOT FUZZ (2007)
GRINDHOUSE (2007)
THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD (2010)
THE DARK KNIGHT (2012)
THE WORLD’S END (2013)
WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (2013)
OUIJA (2014)
BABY DRIVER (2017)



LINKS:
Our New YouTube Page
Original Exorcist Trailer
Exorcist II: Heretic Trailer
The Exorcist III Trailer
The Exorcist: The Beginning Trailer
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Trailer
Repossessed Trailer
Audience Reactions to The Exorcist

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