on 21 November 2016
Being a fan of Kermode's various other books and tv documentaries, I would have been very surprised if I hadn't enjoyed this 2nd edition of his Exorcist work.
Kermode is not only perfectly knowledgeable of the history of the film but offers a pacey and entertaining thesis on it's, supposedly, troubled making; whether that be the difficulties from clashes between the director and writer or the number of deaths and mishaps during filming. You never feel preached-at (no pun intended), and makes for perfect companion piece to both the film and the Fear of God documentary. Great for both the dedicated film buff and the casual reader alike. Highly recommended.
on 3 July 1999
This is a fantastic book about the Exorcist film. Anyone who loves the film (like I do) should buy this book. It tells about the actual possession case that inspired the book and the movie, the making of the movie and the plot, plus discusses deleted scenes and interesting anecdotes about the movie from the director and the actors. Also, if you like this you should definitely rent or buy the new video re-release. It contains a new documentary and the original trailers. It is even better seen in letterbox. Together, the movie and this book would make a great gift for someone who likes "The Exorcist."
on 22 March 2010
'The Exorcist' is a great film that is made even greater when watched again after reading Mark Kermode's critique. The interviews with director Wiiliam Friedkin, writer/producer Willam Peter Blatty and surviving cast members (including a touching meeting between Linda Blair and Kermode as a fan) are very revealing and take you into the mindset of the movie. The extensive research by Mark Kermode delving into the 'subliminal images' portrayed in and the story behind the movie are fascinating. The deep analysis provided in this edition will enhance your experience of 'The Exorcist' and further confirm it's place as a classic modern movie.
on 31 December 2014
This was the one film I vowed never to watch....until a certain respected film critic (and by the accounts I can find, like the writer and director, a 'man of faith') lavished praise on this film. So I took the plunge and watched the film some 40 years+ after its initial release. It's fair to say that I loved every minute of it- such a credit that even now this film on a few occasions literally had me on the edge of my seat. As another reviewer has so rightly said, Kermode's passion for the film is evident throughout. It really is an utterly fascinating read. Well researched, great photography and worth the second edition alone for the highly personal transcript between Blatty and Friedkin- how I wish more screenwriters and directors would have such a close and candid relationship. Very highly recommended.
on 5 May 2014
If you need a guide to The scariest film ever then let Mark Kermode tell you a few things about an Extraordinary visual experience. The Exorcist has been one of the most controversial movies since it's release in 1973. There are a lot of rumours that went along with the movie, but Mark who adores this movie, takes a look at all of them many that were hearsay. There are also photo stills from the movie and if you've seen the movie or read the book and still have some questions-read this and it should answer most of them.Interesting if you enjoyed the movie.
on 2 April 1999
This is one of the most interesting books you can find on The Exorcist.If you love the move you'll definitly want to buy this book,it tells all about the movie. My favorite part of the book was when they told about how fredkin added scenes to the original trailer and movie that were subliminal,buy the book and find out how and what for.