The idea of staging one of the most notorious horror films ever made is a producer’s dream. The film, she said, "was so controversial, so of course I am at the very pinnacle of all of that, so it all became my fault.". Friedkin told Vice in 2015 that there were a few A-listers who wanted to play the role of Father Karras, but he ultimately decided to go with Jason Miller. "The Exorcist" made history at the 1974 Oscars by being the first horror film nominated for Best Picture, according to CNBC. Pazuzu is depicted as a combination of human and animal with a man's body, head of a lion or dog, eagle talons, two pairs of wings, and a scorpion's tail. Phoenix theatre, London This stage version of the classic movie deploys blackouts, special effects and the voice of Ian McKellen to do the devil’s work, but possesses no fearful thrills, Last modified on Thu 26 Mar 2020 12.33 GMT. A fun little game. Whatever you wish will come true. THE WIND STOPS. ", But then "Linda came in at the very end, when we thought we couldn't make the film. Account active Peter Bowles’s exorcist, Father Merrin, turns up looking the part but sets about his task with all the urgency of a plumber sent to unblock a drain. I went anyway, presented my case to the warm and wonderful Bill Blatty, and was fortunate enough to gain his blessings. Tickets: 0844 871 7629. Blatty, who was studying at Georgetown at the time, told the paper that "the '49 case inspired me. John Pielmeier’s script goes for melodrama and stock characters, which leaves little room for any psychological depth or nuance in the performances. According to CBS News, after the entire set for the MacNeil house, except for Regan's evil bedroom, caught fire and caused a six-week delay in filming, the Jesuit priest Thomas M. King, who was a professor of theology at the nearby Georgetown University, was asked the bless the set. ), Richard Chamberlain and Brooke Shields in John Pielmeier’s stage adaptation of “The Exorcist.”. It is this revised version that opened in London, and later toured the U.K. Phoenix Theatre, until March 10. At the climax of the film, during the exorcism, Father Karras chokes Regan and absorbs the demon out of her, before falling out of a window and tumbling down a staircase to his death. While The Exorcist has gotten its share of sequels and even a television series, the original is timeless for many reasons. Do you like prizes? He's known for bringing famine during dry seasons and locusts during rainy seasons. It was directed by John Doyle, designed by Scott Pask, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier with music by Sir John Tavener. 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Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith. During an interview with the American Film Institute, the actor joked, "I was supposed to be so much older than myself. He enjoys studying psychology, the paranormal, and will watch literally any schlocky B-movie on the planet for a laugh. You think of a number and if I don’t guess it in three, you win. Subscriber Voila! In 2016 the play made its UK premiere at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, produced in association with Bill Kenwright (by arrangement with Ben Sprecher and Stuart Snyder) and ran from 21 October to 5 November. Her mother, Chris, seeks out to the church to perform an exorcism. As is ["The Exorcist" author William Peter] Blatty's. Shocks are manufactured by sound effects and blinding lights and creepiness arises from shadows that slip across the walls independently of their owner. William S. Bowdern who performed the famous three-month exorcism portrayed in the movie. In the documentary "The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist," McCambridge explained, "You utilize everything, don't analyze, utilize. A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC FLICKERS ON ANDOFF AND ON AGAIN, as Regan enters. DEMON: He’ll call tomorrow. In the documentary, behind-the-scenes footage shows cast members wearing heavy jackets to stay warm, while Linda Blair, who was only wearing a nightgown, was chilled to the bone. DEMON: Don’t be afraid. Producer Jeff Pope and Tina Pope attended the press night after party for The Exorcist In a nice irony, only the invisible Ian McKellen as the voice of the devil has the weight of reality. Like every film, there are movie magic tricks, behind-the-scenes stories, and Easter eggs you may not have caught in the movie. Although characters in the movie simply refer to it as "the demon" or use Regan's nickname "Captain Howdy," the demon at the center of "The Exorcist" has a name: Pazuzu. Historically, Pazuzu is the king of wind demons in Assyrian and Babylonian mythology. Pazuzu refers to himself as Captain Howdy. When Regan begins to experience incredible night terrors — levitating, breaking out in sores, talking in a low demonic voice, super strength — her mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help. Strangely, the production is never truly scary. THE STORY: An adaptation of the novel by William Peter Blatty, this is the story of a child possessed, a mother frantic to save her, a priest on the verge of losing his faith, and an anthropologist who, in a sense, brings salvation to all. DEMON (chuckling): Clever girl.  The production was directed by Sean Mathias, designed by Anna Fleischle, lighting design by Tim Mitchell, music and sound design by Adam Cork, video and projection design by Duncan McLean with illusions by Ben Hart. When a young girl begins acting strangely, her mother seeks out a priest, who is convinced the child is possessed by a demon. Double and triple sounds would emerge at once – wheezing sounds, very much akin to what you could imagine a person inhabited by various demons would sound like.". We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Looking for smart ways to get more from life? The Exorcist is a play by John Pielmeier based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty and is part of The Exorcist franchise. Miller was a lesser-known actor but had written the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Championship Season," which Friedkin saw during a casting trip to New York. I mapped out an outline of sorts, pounded out a draft in a quick ten days, secured a producer who in turn found us a first production At the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. REGAN: “Captain Howdy”? In the book, it is confirmed that Regan was possessed through use of a Ouija board. I won’t hurt you. Supreme Leader - Comedic Monologue, Female Excerpt: "(A wife addresses her husband). It was based on the allegedly true story of a 12-year-old child possessed by a demon who was eventually driven out by a SWAT team of Jesuit priests. Subscribe to our daily newsletter to get more of it. See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, Monologues from the play The Five Stages of Love and Marriage. Edit In the 1970s, the CGI that could easily drop in a cloud of mist didn't exist, so Friedkin had to do it the old fashioned way.