Thanks to inflation, box-office records seem to get broken every few weeks, but looking at the adjusted highest-grossing films list, one of the top ten features sticks out more than any other: William Friedkin‘s 1973 horror The Exorcist, considered by many to be the scariest film of all time. Besting even Avatar when it comes to adjusted domestic grosses, the film racked up $232 million in the U.S., which is over $900 million by today’s standards.
To take us back over 40 years ago to examine the craze surrounding the film we have a 20-minute documentary from a Westwood, California broadcast. Featuring interviews with theater employees and audience members, they discuss the dozen or so spells of fainting and throwing up during every showing at the theater. Some of the best interviews are with cinemagoers who have left mid-screening and can’t compose themselves; if only more studio films were daring enough to have that raw power today.
When did you first see The Exorcist?
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Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]
Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, I am joined by Michael Snydel and Bill Graham. First, we discuss the death of director Jonathan Demme. Then, we talk about the anime film Your Name. by Makoto Shinkai. Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream download (right-click and save as…). […]
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