On October 5th, one of the scariest films of all-time, The Exorcist, will finally be available on Blu-ray. The original 1973 movie, based on the book by William Peter Blatty, was directed by Academy Award winner William Friedkin (The French Connection) and starred newcomer Linda Blair, Max von Sydow and Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn. We recently had a chance to sit down and speak with Linda Blair, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance in the film, as well as cinematographer Owen Roizman (Tootsie), to discuss the new Blu-ray edition, working with director William Friedkin and revisiting the iconic film. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below:
The Exorcist takes place in a quiet neighborhood, in a house with all the modern conveniences, where an innocent young girl (Linda Blair) has become afflicted. Her mother (Ellen Burstyn) can't help her. Doctors uselessly test and attempt to treat her. In desperation, fearing her illness reaches beyond the physical and into the spiritual, her mother calls a priest. But even he doubts that this evil has come into their home and into her body. But the more he doubts, the more powerful it becomes. There is only one cause, and only one hope for a cure. "It's an excellent day for an exorcism."