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#264640 - 10/31/13 06:41 PM William Peter Blatty, 'The Exorcist' (movie) 40th anniversary
Golem Offline

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William Peter Blatty, writer of 'The Exorcist,' slips back into the light for its 40th anniversary
Dan Zak
The Washington Post
October 30, 2013

Ignore, for a moment, the pea soup. Forget the head swivel, the crucifix, those 75 stone steps that tumble from Prospect to M Street. Forget that demonic voice and what your mother may or may not be doing in Hell. The creator of the scariest movie of all time would like very much if you'd remember that he wrote the Peter Sellers caper "A Shot in the Dark," that his early collaborator in Hollywood was the comedy director Blake Edwards, that an esteemed book critic once wrote that "Nobody can write funnier lines than William Peter Blatty."

This career in punch lines was hurled out the window when Blatty started clacking away on his green IBM Selectric in a cabin near Lake Tahoe during the summer of 1969. For nine months, starting around 11 each night and working through darkness, the unemployed screenwriter wrote in seclusion about the demonic possession of a girl, the troubled priest from Georgetown University who is assigned to her case and the brooding brick Colonial on Prospect Street NW where the nightmare unfolds. Even as he typed out the vilest of passages, Blatty never thought his novel would frighten anyone, or that it would become and remain (adjusting for inflation) the top-grossing *R-rated movie in history.

The comic writer's legacy is a horror film.

And now it has brought him to the corner booth in the lowest level of the Tombs for a meatball lunch, a short walk from the AMC Loews Georgetown, where "The Exorcist" begins a one-week engagement Thursday night in honor of its impending 40th anniversary.


#264645 - 10/31/13 07:03 PM Re: William Peter Blatty, 'The Exorcist' (movie) 40th anniversary [Re: Golem]
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The book was a lot scarier than the movie. I thought that the movie was a little cartoonish, and I got so tired of the music(Tubular Bells).

milk and Girl Scout cookies ;-)

Save your breath-You may need it to blow up your date.

#264656 - 11/01/13 07:12 AM Re: William Peter Blatty, 'The Exorcist' (movie) 40th anniversary [Re: Scoutgal]
Joe Keegan Offline

Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 8707
I liked the movie, but I liked the book better, too. The book was scarier.


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