William Friedkin’s The Exorcist is one of the most celebrated horror films of all time. Nearing its 40th anniversary, the film still continues to shock and terrify today, regularly making lists of best horror films and remaining a perennial favorite for the Halloween season. Movie Geeks United talked with Exorcist director William Friedkin about his work and his views on the changing state of cinema.
Host Jamey Duvall finds commonalities between Friedkin’s films, which also include Sorcerer and To Live and Die in L.A., in being “surprising, a little bit dangerous,” with “a streak of ambiguity.” Friedkin attributes this to the ambiguity of life itself: “We don’t know the ending; we certainly don’t know the beginning,” and calls The Exorcist an exploration of “the mystery of fate.”
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