July 10, 2012 |
Few films conjure up the nightmarish movie memories that"The Exorcist"does. William Friedkin's 1973 adaptation of William Peter Blatty's bestselling novel famously spurred reports of screaming, fainting and even moviegoers running from theaters as 12-year-old Regan MacNeil, possessed by an ancient, powerful evil, spat out obscenities and ugly rivers of dark green bile. Religious leaders condemned the movie as sacrilegious; some cautioned that watching the film and its head-spinning imagery would endanger the soul.
June 20, 2013 |
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is celebrating the 40th anniversary of William Friedkin's horror film "The Exorcist" with a Blu-ray release featuring the theatrical version and an extended director's cut. The new release of the blockbuster, which won Oscars for William Peter Blatty's screenplay (based on his novel) and for sound, arrives Oct. 8 in anticipation of Halloween. "After my initial cut, I took out 12 minutes before I released it in theaters," Friedkin said in a statement released Thursday.
July 16, 1989 |
Author-writer-director William Peter Blatty, currently completing Morgan Creek's "Exorcist: 1990," insists that his sequel will be "the last serious word on the subject." Meanwhile, his next project, "Demons 5, Exorcists 0," will send up the subject that made him a household name. "The script's completed, and Fox (which released '1990') has first refusal," said Blatty. "It's about a convention of priests beset by an evil presence."
April 1, 2010 |
In the annals of demonology, William Peter Blatty falls somewhere between St. Augustine and Joss Whedon. He isn't the first person who's ever written about demons and demonic possession, but he has provided us with one of the genre's most memorable novels, 1971's "The Exorcist." There had been disturbing stories before, but nothing -- especially when Blatty teamed up with director William Friedkin for the 1973 screen adaptation -- so terrified audiences about the possibilities of the diabolical in ordinary people's lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1992
Southern Californians have contributed $3,485 to pay funeral expenses for San Fernando High School football player Sergio Echevarria, who died last week of heatstroke after practicing in 102-degree temperatures. The family needed $3,000 to ship Sergio's body home to Michoacan, Mexico, for the funeral. Donations ranged from $5 to $3,000, the latter from "The Exorcist" author William Peter Blatty of Hidden Hills.
December 18, 1985
Author William Peter Blatty's $6-million civil suit claiming that the New York Times wrongly omitted his book "Legion" from its influential best-seller list has been reinstated by an appellate court. Blatty's attorney, Richard Coleman, noting that the newspaper "has life-and-death power over authors," said the unanimous decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeal, announced in Los Angeles, means the case can move forward.