In case you are a horror fan, then The Exorcist is a movie that wants no introduction. A basic in each sense of the phrase, it paved the best way for contemporary horror touchstones like The Conjuring franchise and even the Insidious collection. Nevertheless, the sequels to The Exorcist have arguably develop into considerably much less celebrated through the years, and it seems that director William Friedkin has not even watched them. The director of the unique Exorcist movie opened up and defined:
I by no means noticed any of the Exorcist movies, not even Invoice’s [William Blatty, writer of The Exorcist novel]. I noticed a couple of minutes of Exorcist II, however that was solely as a result of I used to be within the Technicolor lab timing a movie that I had directed — I overlook which one — and one of many colour timers at Technicolor mentioned, hey, we simply made a print of Exorcist II, would you want to take a look at it? I mentioned OK. I went in, and after 5 minutes, it simply blasted me. I could not take it. I believed it was simply ridiculous and silly. However that was solely 5 minutes, so I can not make an final judgment about it. It simply appeared to me to don’t have anything to do with The Exorcist.
By way of the crucial reception, The Exorcist franchise skilled a fairly notable dropoff after the discharge of the unique movie again in 1973. Excluding the primary film and the present FOX collection impressed by its continuity, each installment within the collection has been categorized as “rotten” by Rotten Tomatoes. It is laborious to pinpoint precisely why this occurred, however the truth that the sequels turned much more slowed down within the mythology behind the demonic possessions (in addition to the inclusion of some shoehorned exorcism scenes) might need one thing to do with it.
Based mostly on his feedback to IndieWire, it is fairly clear that William Friedkin’s connection to the demonic horror franchise runs deep. Not solely is he liable for directing the unique tackle The Exorcist mythology (broadly thought to be one of many best horror movies ever made), however he additionally not too long ago made a cameo appearance on the latest Halloween episode of The Simpsons — doing (you guessed it) a riff on The Exorcist.
Despite the fact that William Friedkin has by no means sat by way of everything of The Exorcist franchise, his work stays just about unchallenged within the annals of horror historical past. It has been over a decade for the reason that final Exorcist movie hit theaters so we must wait and see if the collection will ever return to the world of films. Till then, you may The Exorcist TV present on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.