Horror boom leads to 'Exorcist' prequel

THE HORROR film boom led by The Blair Witch Project is to continue with the announcement that a follow-up will be made of one of the scariest films of the Seventies.

Horror boom leads to `Exorcist' prequel

THE HORROR film boom led by The Blair Witch Project is to continue with the announcement that a follow up will be made of one of the scariest films of the Seventies.

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Mark is amicably divorced from his wife, but was shocked when his 14-year-old daughter told him in confidence that she'd seen lots of adult-rated horror films at friends' houses. Should he tell her mother, who would stop her seeing her friends? If he did, he'd betray his daughter's trust

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Going Out: Film The Exorcist (18)

It is 25 years since William Friedkin's tale of demonic possession first visited its horrors upon the public, yet the film's graphic depiction of Linda Blair's rape (for that is what it is) by doctors and the Devil still has the power to shock and unnerve. From its eerie prologue in Iraq to the heart-stopping exorcism climax, the film is a relentless visual and aural assault on our sensibilities, and a masterpiece of manipulation. Horror may be experiencing a renaissance at present, but nothing produced in recent years has come close to equalling the terrifying power of this genre landmark.

THE FATHER OF THE EXORCIST

`The most frightening film ever' is re-released next week. What turned an everyday tale of demonic possession into a classic? Ask its director William Friedkin

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