Pretty Much Pop #161: Revisiting “The Exorcist”

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Mark, Lawrence, Sarahlyn, and Al talk about the original 1973 film (and the 1971 novel), the new Exorcist: Believer, with some talk of the early sequels. What makes the original film so scary? Its adjacency to real-life parental fears? Does the new film really dialogue intelligently with that original, and how was this challenge different from the one previously faced by David Gordon Green’s filmmaking team in creating new entries in the Halloween franchise? Is demonic possession an inherently problematic plot device? 

Lawrence recommends When Evil Lurks.

Some articles we looked at include:

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Audio editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixel Box Media.

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