The Exorcist III had a thankless task ahead of it in erasing the utter failure of the dreadful The Exorcist II: The Heretic which had taken a shot at completely ruining The Exorcist. Sadly in 2004 later “prequel” Exorcist: the Beginning another assault on the good name of the film classic. But amongst the ruins is a single beacon of hope for the series, 1990’s The Exorcist III. Written and directed by William Peter Blatty, who wrote the book and screenplay for the first film, it is a refreshingly different psychological horror with characters from the original story.
Unfortunately The Exorcist III was subject to a great deal of meddling from the studio much like the later prequel. However Blatty’s vision, even in a muted form with scenes forced into the film to make it more “exorcist-y”, created a superb slow burn horror film with an excellent cast. The Cinemosity crew go over some news and gossip before they talk about the film and some of its themes and then also go into the studio interference, what got changed and what Blatty was forced to shoot in order to appease his corporate masters.
Next week we are looking at Daughters of the Dust as we enter Black History Month. Daughters of the Dust was released in 1991 and was the first film directed by an African American woman to get a theatrical release in the United States. Seeing a remaster and re-release in 2016 to mark its 25 anniversary the film has been lauded as influential. With artists like Ava DuVernay and Beyonce citing it as influential we are really excited to check it out and we hope you will join us. It is on Netflix and the remaster is available on DVD and Blu-ray.