The Exorcist

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Exorcist Director Says He Filmed Real-Life Version

'I don't think I will ever be the same'

(Newser) - "I don't think I will ever be the same having seen this astonishing thing," says William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist. No, he's not talking about the movie that terrorized you with a scene of a possessed child doing a backward spider crawl down the stairs.... More »

Live Exorcism Airs on TV Friday Night

Bishop, psychic will be on hand for 'dangerous' rite: network

(Newser) - This should get you in the Halloween mood: The cable channel Destination America says it will broadcast a live exorcism on the St. Louis residence that once housed the inspiration for the film The Exorcist at 9pm EDT on Friday. Catholic priests performed a series of exorcisms on a Maryland... More »

Exorcist Author's Georgetown Gripe 'Well-Founded,' Says Vatican

William Peter Blatty doesn't think his alma mater is Catholic enough

(Newser) - William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist and a Georgetown graduate, doesn't think his alma mater is Catholic enough—and the Vatican just may be on his side. Blatty submitted a petition to the Vatican last fall asking that the school be stripped of its "Catholic" and "... More »

Empire Strikes Back Bound for Library of Congress

Saturday Night Fever also chosen for preservation collection

(Newser) - The Empire Strikes Back and Saturday Night Fever are among 25 films bound for a special Library of Congress archive this year. Some 2,100 films picked by the National Film Preservation Board and the public were nominated for preservation in the National Film Registry, the AP reports. The films... More »

Catholic Church Seeks Exorcists

Clergy attend weekend training session in Baltimore

(Newser) - Do you have a knack for battling Satan? The Catholic Church may have just the job for you. With just five or six of US priests capable of performing an exorcism and demand for exorcisms rising as Catholics who hail from countries where the rite doesn't evoke head-spinning immigrate to... More »

Scorsese's Favorite Horror Flicks

One of cinema's greats shares his favorite scary movies

(Newser) - Martin Scorsese wants to give you a Halloween treat: The legendary director, writing for the Daily Beast, lists his top 11 fright-fests.
  1. The Haunting: “You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror!”
  2. The Isle of the Dead: "There’s a moment in this
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