In 1973 The Exorcist scared the living be-jeezuz out of audiences around the world…so much so that is was banned in a number of more conservative countries, including South Africa, I believe.
In 2000, it was re-released in cinemas – including local cinemas – having undergone all sorts of cosmetic touch-ups and enhancements and I clearly remember getting tanked on Sangria with a bunch of friends before going to my local Nu Metro to see it.
A horror movie made in the 70s just isn’t the same without alcohol running through your body. But it doesn’t make the movie any less hilariously bad.
The good news is that it looks like they’re going to be flogging that demonic horse a little more with a limited 10-episode series run based on the original story.
There seems to be a lot of excitement about the prospects of a series, although the production needs to be airtight because, as we saw with The River (which recently did nothing to scare TV audiences), you need more than a good premise to make a good show.
We need more than 450 minutes of a possessed girl playing Rabobi up and down the stairs, painting the walls with bile, to keep us entertained.
I’ll be watching it when the show eventually makes an appearance, but when that will be exactly is up in the air. A network has yet to gather up enough courage to pick up the show. And we all know how well religious controversy goes in this day and age.
But it looks like an Exorcist TV series is the first of a handful of bad horror movies-turned-modern-tv-series to come. Plans are afoot to bring Dracula, Psycho, Hellraiser and Hannibal to the small screen soon.
Exciting times for TV no? Maybe. As long as Joss Whedon is involved.
Wash is our resident uber-geek. He sleeps on a pile of comics, speaks fluent Klingon and spends his weekends unleashing all manner of Hell on the battlefields of his PC. If it’s related to gaming, comics, sci-fi or any other form of geekitude… chances are Wash has his sticky paws all over it.