Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Movie Review: "Sadako vs. Kayako"


I'll be completely honest and tell you from the get-go that "Sadako 3D" pretty much killed my excitement for the "Ring" series. I didn't even bother seeing "Sadako 2 3D" when it came out. However, the original series of "Ju-on" and "Ring" films were my first exposures to the frighteningly exciting world of Asian horror. When I heard that the two franchises were going to collide, my attention was immediately piqued.


After watching a cursed videotape, Natsumi has only two days before she will be killed by demonic entity Sadako. Her only hope is to pit Sadako against Kayako, a menacing spirit that inhabits a haunted house in "Sadako vs. Kayako."


The concept of the lumbering Sadako going up against the crawling and croaking Kayako really is as ridiculous as it sounds. Yet, somehow, the fine folks behind this ultimate showdown make it work. A humorous, yet tantalizing amount of suspense builds up as the two cursed ladies move towards each other at the speed of a turtle. That's not to say that the end result still isn't disappointing in the same way most were let down when Freddy clashed with Jason. A setup as big as this one is bound to embitter fans.


The cool thing about "Sadako vs. Kayako" is that we get two separate tales featuring our favorite ghosts from "Ju-on" and "Ring" in one unsettling movie before their paths cross in the third act. Think of it as two short films and a bonus round as a conclusion. On top of that, we get a rather disturbing and intense exorcism scene which adds to all the fun.


"Sadako vs. Kayako" is unrated. It contains violence and gore and frightening and intense sequences. There's really nothing too graphic, aside from a few scenes of victims getting their heads and necks cracked or flattened, which plays out as darkly comic in one scene.

"Sadako vs. Kayako" is available now as a digital download.

Movie Review: "Sadako vs. Kayako"


I'll be completely honest and tell you from the get-go that "Sadako 3D" pretty much killed my excitement for the "Ring" series. I didn't even bother seeing "Sadako 2 3D" when it came out. However, the original series of "Ju-on" and "Ring" films were my first exposures to the frighteningly exciting world of Asian horror. When I heard that the two franchises were going to collide, my attention was immediately piqued.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Deleted Scene from "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"


If you've read my review of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," then you already know I wasn't completely impressed with the film. It wasn't a bad movie. However, it didn't hold the same magic as the "Harry Potter" films. After the jump, you can check out a deleted scene from "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." The video clip is entitled "Ilvermorny School Song (Cena Deletada)" and is an anthem sung by Tina (Katherine Waterson) and Queenie’s (Alison Sudol).


"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on April 11th.


Deleted Scene from "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"


If you've read my review of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," then you already know I wasn't completely impressed with the film. It wasn't a bad movie. However, it didn't hold the same magic as the "Harry Potter" films. After the jump, you can check out a deleted scene from "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." The video clip is entitled "Ilvermorny School Song (Cena Deletada)" and is an anthem sung by Tina (Katherine Waterson) and Queenie’s (Alison Sudol).

Friday, January 27, 2017

Comic Book Review: Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1


Writer Steve Orlando uses Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1 as a vehicle to explore one man's journey from troubled childhood into heroic adulthood. It's also a lesson to many that sometimes we can choose to use what we might consider to be a curse and turn it into a gift. Stephen Byrne's artwork carries the reader through the tale and offers an exciting interpretation of the lead character.


In Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1, Ray Terrill is locked indoors and raised in the dark. He's told his medical condition could be fatal to himself and anyone he meets. Ray is dangerous. A freak. Broken. Or is he…?


Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1 is rated T for Teen. It contains, violence and profanity. There's really nothing too disturbing or frightening found in the issue.

Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1 is available now in print and digital editions.

Comic Book Review: Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1


Writer Steve Orlando uses Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1 as a vehicle to explore one man's journey from troubled childhood into heroic adulthood. It's also a lesson to many that sometimes we can choose to use what we might consider to be a curse and turn it into a gift. Stephen Byrne's artwork carries the reader through the tale and offers an exciting interpretation of the lead character.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

New "Sadako vs. Kayako" Clip Takes "The Grudge" Into "The Ring"


In what can only be compared to the "Freddy vs. Jason" of the Asian Horror Movie Market, "Sadako vs. Kayako" is being released and available now exclusively through Shudder.tv. As a fan of both the "Ringu" and "Ju-on" franchises, I'm cautiously optimistic about what couldn't be any more than a campy and meta approach to both of the film series. JoBlo.com released an exclusive clip from the movie that gives us a peak into what to expect from the "Ju-on" / "The Grudge" side of things. The scene gives me hope that the level of creepiness will balance out the amount of humor we'll get. The last "Ringu" movie I saw was "Sadako 3D," so it won't take much to impress me. Check out the video clip and get more info after the jump.

After watching a cursed videotape, Natsumi has only two days before she will be killed by demonic entity Sadako. Her only hope is to pit Sadako against Kayako, a menacing spirit that inhabits a haunted house. "Sadako vs. Kayako" is available now right here with a subscription to Shudder.tv.

New "Sadako vs. Kayako" Clip Takes "The Grudge" Into "The Ring"


In what can only be compared to the "Freddy vs. Jason" of the Asian Horror Movie Market, "Sadako vs. Kayako" is being released and available now exclusively through Shudder.tv. As a fan of both the "Ringu" and "Ju-on" franchises, I'm cautiously optimistic about what couldn't be any more than a campy and meta approach to both of the film series. JoBlo.com released an exclusive clip from the movie that gives us a peak into what to expect from the "Ju-on" / "The Grudge" side of things. The scene gives me hope that the level of creepiness will balance out the amount of humor we'll get. The last "Ringu" movie I saw was "Sadako 3D," so it won't take much to impress me. Check out the video clip and get more info after the jump.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Movie Review: "Split"


If taken as a stand-alone film with no ties to previous M. Night Shyamalan movies, "Split" is an attention-grabbing thriller with a psychological angle that keeps you intrigued. However, it loses some credibility in the third act when it endeavors to veer away from reality and take us in a supernatural direction. Fine performances from all the actors lends some redemption to the weaker points of the film.


Even though the "twist ending" makes complete sense when putting it in perspective as a sequel or companion-piece to one of the director's previous works, it still feels tacked on and unnecessary. Actually, it almost stinks of a desperate attempt to tie it to one of his earlier and more favored films. Let's face it. The only way Shyamalan is going to give the audience a surprising twist ending these days is if he doesn't give us a surprising twist ending.


While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him - as well as everyone around him - as the walls between his compartments shatter apart in "Split."


"Split" is rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language. There are heavy suggestions of child molestation which might disturb folks. My only other issue is that Shyamalan feels it necessary to parade around what are supposed to be teenage girls in their underwear. There are other ways to show how disturbed our kidnapper is without exhibiting young girl's bodies, even if the actors are actually of age.

Movie Review: "Split"


If taken as a stand-alone film with no ties to previous M. Night Shyamalan movies, "Split" is an attention-grabbing thriller with a psychological angle that keeps you intrigued. However, it loses some credibility in the third act when it endeavors to veer away from reality and take us in a supernatural direction. Fine performances from all the actors lends some redemption to the weaker points of the film.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New "Kong: Skull Island" TV Spots


/Film brings us a few new TV spots for Legendary Pictures' "Kong: Skull Island." According to Writer Jack Giroux, the spot we've highlighted "features a reference to Godzilla, who Kong will face off against in Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Godzilla vs. King Kong movie (due out in 2020). When Bill Randa (John Goodman) mentions the nuclear tests in 1954, that’s a nod to Godzilla‘s opening, which showed bombs meant to kill Godzilla going off and not doing their job." You can check out the first of these TV spots after the jump. You can go here to see the rest of the spots.


Here's the official synopsis:

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”).

In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.

“Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”) and John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Step Brothers”). The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing (“Police Story: Lockdown”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), John Ortiz (“Steve Jobs”), Thomas Mann (“Beautiful Creatures”), Shea Whigham (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) and Eugene Cordero (“The Kings of Summer”).

Vogt-Roberts is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly. “Kong: Skull Island” is produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni with Mary Parent. The executive producers are Eric McLeod and Alex Garcia.

"Kong: Skull Island" opens in theaters March 10th.

New "Kong: Skull Island" TV Spots


/Film brings us a few new TV spots for Legendary Pictures' "Kong: Skull Island." According to Writer Jack Giroux, the spot we've highlighted "features a reference to Godzilla, who Kong will face off against in Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Godzilla vs. King Kong movie (due out in 2020). When Bill Randa (John Goodman) mentions the nuclear tests in 1954, that’s a nod to Godzilla‘s opening, which showed bombs meant to kill Godzilla going off and not doing their job." You can check out the first of these TV spots after the jump. You can go here to see the rest of the spots.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Top 5 Starchild Tracks: Celebrating the Legacy of KISS's Paul Stanley


Last week saw the birthday of the most charismatic and energetic frontman in rock and roll history. Paul Stanley of KISS turned 65. As a way to celebrate his legacy as a musician, we wanted to highlight five of the Starchild's crowning achievements in his illustrious career with the Hottest Band in the World.


Let's keep in mind that Stanley has also released a few solo albums and does shows with his band Soul Station. Although most of his solo work shares a similar vibe to that of KISS, Soul Station gives audiences a different flavor. He delivers a healthy helping of rhythm and blues when hitting the stage with that ensemble of backup singers and musicians.

Some of the songs we've included were co-written or co-arranged by outside writers and musicians. However, Paul Stanley brought the original concept of each composition to the table in its infancy. Pop in your earbuds and get ready to Rock and Roll All Nite with our list of the top five Paul Stanley tracks.


5. "Heaven's on Fire"

Longtime collaborator and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child helped Paul bring "Heaven's on Fire" to life for KISS's 1984 album "Animalize." Everything about the song is catchy from the opening wails of Stanley's voice to the guitar licks and catchy chorus. The song was a Billboard hit and continues to be the only song off the album performed in their regular set to this day.

"I was striving for simplicity. Desmond and I wrote that at his house. There were a lot of people who liked that song 'cause I've heard it since on a whole lot of albums with different titles. It was a track, in listening to it, where I did wonder if it was too simple. But I love it," Stanley reflected in David Leaf and Ken Sharp's "KISS: Behind the Mask - The Official Authorized Biography."


4. "I Was Made for Loving You"

1979 saw KISS head in a direction many thought their favorite rock and roll band would never venture into. Paul Stanley, Producer / Songwriter Vini Poncia, and Desmond Child worked together to create KISS's second Gold-selling single, "I Was Made for Loving You" for their "Dynasty" album. Imagine the shock of their millions of fans when a disco beat met the KISS Army's ears for the first time. And let's not forget that awesome lasergun-sounding pop the drums make at times. I used to act like I was shooting my toddler with my fingers every time that drum hit and was met with a resounding laugh. It was also one of the songs I chose to be played at my wedding reception.

When asked about the track, Paul stated, "Disco was big. I listened to that stuff and said, 'This is a cinch to write.' So it was kind of like a lark or a dare. I said, 'I'll write one of those songs.' So I just turned on a drum machine and just got that kind of thing coming out and wrote ' I Was Made for Loving You.' It's a real formula song. It was like, 'Let's use everything on dance records. Let's use all the sound effects.'"


3. "Love Gun"

Paul Stanley claims that "Love Gun" is one of his favorite KISS songs and he's not alone. Many would consider this Billboard-charting single to be the Starchild's unofficial theme song. It's been performed on every tour since it debuted on the 1977 album of the same name. If you've seen KISS live, then you know that each member gets his moment in the spotlight. "Love Gun" is the song Paul Stanley steps out to. He flies over the crowd to a small stage in the middle of the audience and performs the song to folks who might not be able to get those enviable front row seats we all wish we could afford.

"I wrote 'Love Gun' on the airplane to Japan. That was written in my head, the whole thing... I always thought 'Love Gun' was a great song, and today I still think it's a tremondous song. It's probably the song I enjoy playing the most. To me 'Love Gun' is quintessential KISS and is probably one of the five signature essential songs," said Stanley.


2. "Detroit Rock City"

Written by Producer Bob Ezrin and Stanley, "Detroit Rock City" opened 1975's "Destroyer" with a thunderous bang. Although it wasn't as huge a hit as it was expected to be upon its release, the song has been used as the opener on several of KISS's tours. It's quick-picking riffs and pounding opening drums gets audiences revved up and ready for an exciting night of rock and roll, explosives, and fiery mayhem. I remember my parents buying me "Alive II" and I would play my plastic toy guitar to "Detroit Rock City" at the age of six. The song completely captures the energy and electricity I've felt every time I attend a KISS show. Paul spoke about the secret behind the song.

"People sometimes react strangely when they hear a word, like horns or piano. Everybody likes 'Detroit Rock City' a lot. Well, what is making the guitar chords sound so cool is there is a piano playing along with it. Instead of being afraid of words, listen to it and see if you like it."


1. "Forever"

Paul Stanley partnered with pop artist Michael Bolton to pen an unforgettable tune that was the first KISS single to chart in the Billboard Top 40 since 1979's "I Was Made for Loving You." It also reached #1 on MTV's "Most Requested Videos" several times. I would venture to say that if two KISS fans are getting married, this song is played at their wedding at one point or another. Stanley has written a few ballads for KISS over the years, but "Forever" is the one that stands out above the rest.

"You can trust your gut a lot of times. If it feels right in your gut, it's right... I was sitting with Vini Poncia and I just picked up a guitar and he said, ' What do you have for the record so far?' I played him on an acoustic guitar just the verse and the chorus. He said, 'You're there,'" commented Stanley.


Just the five songs above are enough proof of the talent and hard work of Paul Stanley. This is just a taste of the hundreds of great rock anthems he's written both as the Starchild of KISS and as a solo artist. We salute you, Mr. Stanley, for your forty plus years of entertaining the KISS Army and continually proving to be the hardest working man in show business. Happy Birthday to you, Paul!

If you don't have "KISS: Behind the Mask - The Official Authorized Biography," you should get it immediately. It has a song-by-song breakdown and commentary from the band members and others for every album up to "Psycho Circus." You can get a copy of it right here.

Top 5 Starchild Tracks: Celebrating the Legacy of KISS's Paul Stanley


Last week saw the birthday of the most charismatic and energetic frontman in rock and roll history. Paul Stanley of KISS turned 65. As a way to celebrate his legacy as a musician, we wanted to highlight five of the Starchild's crowning achievements in his illustrious career with the Hottest Band in the World.

Friday, January 20, 2017

It's Morphin Time! New "Power Rangers" Trailer!


I'm a VERY casual viewer of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and I have to say that this new trailer for the upcoming big-budget theatrical movie even has me excited. It seems like filmmakers are taking things a bit more serious while not losing the fun and camp of the television shows. I'm happy to see that Zordon actually looks like Bryan Cranston and he isn't just voicing another face. My big question is this: Where is Bulk and Skull? You can check out the new "Power Rangers" trailer after the jump.


Saban's "Power Rangers" follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late. The movie hits theaters on March 24th.

It's Morphin Time! New "Power Rangers" Trailer!


I'm a VERY casual viewer of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and I have to say that this new trailer for the upcoming big-budget theatrical movie even has me excited. It seems like filmmakers are taking things a bit more serious while not losing the fun and camp of the television shows. I'm happy to see that Zordon actually looks like Bryan Cranston and he isn't just voicing another face. My big question is this: Where is Bulk and Skull? You can check out the new "Power Rangers" trailer after the jump.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Comic Book Review: KISS #4


Dynamite and Amy Chu's KISS comic series continues to astound me with its compelling blend of different aspects of sci-fi. Issue #3 blasts us with a battle between robots and our teen heroes in mech-suits. Everything about this book goes against the grain of what we've seen in previous KISS comics. I absolutely love all the little KISStory easter eggs sprinkled throughout. Writer Chu and Artist Kewber Baal even pay tribute to Eric Carr and his Fox persona.


Twin troublemakers Eran and Noa are back home in KISS #4. They now know Blackwell's secrets, but will anyone believe them? Fortunately, they have some tricks up their sleeves, and with some help from KISS, they are about to turn their world upside down...


I'm constantly in awe that a KISS comic series has been so friendly to younger readers. A few of the past ones for other publishers have featured quite a bit more mature content in regards to both story and artwork. KISS #4 is rated T for Teen. It contains violence and profanity. Dynamite and Amy Chu seem to both be looking to pull in as many readers of different ages as they can and the story doesn't suffer because of it.

KISS #4 is available now in print and digital editions.

Comic Book Review: KISS #4


Dynamite and Amy Chu's KISS comic series continues to astound me with its compelling blend of different aspects of sci-fi. Issue #3 blasts us with a battle between robots and our teen heroes in mech-suits. Everything about this book goes against the grain of what we've seen in previous KISS comics. I absolutely love all the little KISStory easter eggs sprinkled throughout. Writer Chu and Artist Kewber Baal even pay tribute to Eric Carr and his Fox persona.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Legion" Takes Place Outside of "X-Men" Cinematic Universe


Fox is mucking up the waters of their own Marvel Universe again by having their new X-Men-related series "Legion" take place separate from the mutants' highly successful cinematic world. I'm not a big fan of most of the "X-Men" films, aside from "First Class." The Bryan Singer ones are tedious at best. However, "Legion" has my attention because of its cast alone. Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza are two actors I have no doubt can carry a show. You can read more about the separation of the television and movie X-Men Universes right here.

"Legion" Takes Place Outside of "X-Men" Cinematic Universe


Fox is mucking up the waters of their own Marvel Universe again by having their new X-Men-related series "Legion" take place separate from the mutants' highly successful cinematic world. I'm not a big fan of most of the "X-Men" films, aside from "First Class." The Bryan Singer ones are tedious at best. However, "Legion" has my attention because of its cast alone. Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza are two actors I have no doubt can carry a show. You can read more about the separation of the television and movie X-Men Universes right here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Comic Book Review: Justice League / Power Rangers #1


DC Comics and Boom! Studios come together to bring one of the most anticipated team-ups we never knew we wanted to see. Justice League / Power Rangers #1 is just as enjoyable as it looks and sounds for anyone who loves either of these super groups. Who wouldn't get excited to see Batman throw down with the Mighty Morphin crew? Artist and Colorist Stephen Byrne keeps things both colorful and moody whenever Writer Tom Taylor's adventure-filled script calls for it in this first chapter in a six-issue miniseries.


Something terrible has happened in Angel Grove! The Power Rangers' Command Center is breached and the teleporters are damaged. Zack is flung into another universe, where he’s mistaken for a villain by a mysterious masked vigilante. Can the other Power Rangers get to their friend in time to save him from Batman in Justice League / Power Rangers #1?


Justice League / Power Rangers #1 is rated "T" for Teen. However, there's really nothing found beyond what we see in a normal episode of "Power Rangers." The series is rated TVY7 and geared for younger audiences. Stephen Byrne's artwork is cartoonlike and has a more juvenile style akin to the all-ages comics that DC publishes. It contains comic book violence and that's about it. I wouldn't even consider anything to be too intense or frightening.

Justice League / Power Rangers #1 is available now in print and digital editions.

Comic Book Review: Justice League / Power Rangers #1


DC Comics and Boom! Studios come together to bring one of the most anticipated team-ups we never knew we wanted to see. Justice League / Power Rangers #1 is just as enjoyable as it looks and sounds for anyone who loves either of these super groups. Who wouldn't get excited to see Batman throw down with the Mighty Morphin crew? Artist and Colorist Stephen Byrne keeps things both colorful and moody whenever Writer Tom Taylor's adventure-filled script calls for it in this first chapter in a six-issue miniseries.

Monday, January 16, 2017

New "Logan" Pics, Music Score Preview, and Trailer Info


Director James Mangold posted three new photos of the upcoming "Logan" on his Twitter. He also posted a video featuring a preview of Marco Beltrami's score for the film and a hint as to when we might see a new trailer. Check out a couple more photos, a video of the score, and some info on "Logan" after the jump.



Here's the video preview of the "Logan" score by Marco Beltrami:


James Mangold also posted a hint as to when we might see a new "Logan" trailer:

“To all asking directors (like me) to drop a trailer, please know, it’s not like we sit on them waiting for best worded tweet to move us. Directors have influence over many things. Even dates. But the dates chosen for a trailer drop are result of much corporate planning. And once these dates are set, there is nothing that is going to make a worldwide distribution machine change course. Even eager fans. I think it’s clear something’s coming. Very soon. So instead of wasting another moment of your precious life typing about it, breathe and live.”

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young Mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

"Logan" arrives in theaters on March 3.

New "Logan" Pics, Music Score Preview, and Trailer Info


Director James Mangold posted three new photos of the upcoming "Logan" on his Twitter. He also posted a video featuring a preview of Marco Beltrami's score for the film and a hint as to when we might see a new trailer. Check out a couple more photos, a video of the score, and some info on "Logan" after the jump.

Friday, January 13, 2017

In Memoriam: William Peter Blatty's Influence on My Love of Horror


William Peter Blatty died yesterday of a form of multiple melanoma at the age of 89. Blatty was the author of 1971's "The Exorcist" and wrote the screenplay for the film as well. Both the novel and the movie are arguably two of the most important pieces of horror literature and cinema history. He then followed it up with the sequel "Legion", which he wrote and directed for the big screen and became what we know as "The Exorcist III."


The influence William Peter Blatty's handiwork had on shaping my love of horror films stretches into my childhood. The images of Linda Blair in full demon makeup in "The Exorcist" first terrified me when I saw them on television while sneaking a peek at what my parents were watching. I don't even think they were watching the actual movie. It was a commercial for a broadcast of the film on one of the major three channels of the day.


My parents were extremely protective of what I was allowed to watch, so I didn't even see the original "The Exorcist" until I was probably 18 or 19. I was immediately hooked and loved every ahocking and graphic moment of it. It rang particularly true to me, being a child of the late 1970s and early 1980s who grew up in the prime time of the Satanic Panic Movement and raised in the Southern Baptist Church.


In 1990, William Peter Blatty brought his sequel, "Legion," to life with star Jason Miller returning in the role of Father Karras. George C. Scott took over the part of Lieutenant William Kinderman from Lee J. Cobb, who portrayed him in the first film. I enjoyed Blatty's "The Exorcist III," which was more cerebral and less "excessive" than William Freidkin's 1973 shocker. It was one of those movies that I showed to everyone who visited my home at the time. After watching it again when Scream Factory released a Collector's Edition featuring a new Director's Cut, it's still a slow-boiling blend of suspense, scares, excellent dialogue, and visually stunning sequences.


William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist" didn't only affect me, but scarred an entire world unprepared for the horrifying psychological thriller. It's now legendary how some audience members literally walked out of screenings of the film sick and throwing up when it first came out. People had never seen anything like it before.


Let's also not forget the backlash "The Exorcist" received for setting it's release date on December 26th, 1973. The Catholic Church and many others were not very happy that a movie about demonic possession was coming out the day after Christmas.


Granted, times have changed and horror audiences have been overexposed to movies about demonic possession. I've talked to several younger viewers of "The Exorcist" that find it visually silly and slow in its pacing. I took my church's 26-year-old youth pastor to a screening of the movie recently and it still worked for him.


It's not hard to see the influence William Peter Blatty's work has had on the world of film making. Dozens of movies about demonic possession come out every year now in theaters and direct-to-DVD. Not a single one of the directors or producers of those films would deny the impact "The Exorcist" had on their work, whether talking to Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "Deliver Us from Evil"), Eli Roth ("The Last Exorcism"), James Wan ("The Conjuring," "Annabelle"), or many others.


Here's to you , Mr. William Petter Blatty! You opened up a whole new avenue for horror filmmakers to express themselves. You also encouraged many people to re-evaluate their beliefs and get back in church... even if it was for fear that young Regan's plight becoming their own. I'll always think of you as the forefather of religious horror films.