Saturday, October 12, 2013

Books On Film | The Exorcist

The classic horror film The Exorcist (1973) is based on the book of the same title published by William Peter Blatty in 1971. Inspired by the 1949 exorcism of Roland Doe, the author created the fictional tale of a mother who seeks help from doctors, and eventually a priest, for her daughter who has become possessed by a demon.

The film was wildly successful and was the first horror movie to be nominated for an Oscar. Although, it didn't win for best picture it did win for best screenplay which the book's author co-wrote. 

Happily, this means that a lot of the book was directly translated onto the screen. If you've never read the book before, you won't be getting a wildly different tale from the movie. However, everyone knows that your imagination is much worse than anything that can be put on screen. If you read this, PREPARE TO BE SCARED!

Covers courtesy of Library Thing.

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