“The Exorcist” pt. 1


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The original “Blair Witch”? Regan MacNeil, played by Linda Blair.From the 1973 film, The Exorcist Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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The Exorcist is a book by William Peter Blatty, a film by William Friedkin, and there were sequels. The novel (1971) and movie (1973) tell the story of demonic possession. An actress’s daughter is the victim, and after exhausting all medical and psychological possibilities, they are left with a Catholic ritual to “exorcise” the demon from the child. The book received a lot of praise, and the movie was a hit. Not since Psycho and Rosemary’s Baby has a film gripped the public’s imagination. Here are six key characters in the novel and movie, and the actor/actress that played the role in the 1973 film: Regan MacNeil | Linda Blair Chris MacNeil | Ellen Burstyn Father Damien Karras | Jason Miller Father Lankester Merrin | Max von Sydow Lt. William Kinderman | Lee J. Cobb Burke Dennings | Jack Macgowran Troy Harkin and David Clink will look at the book and the movie, and talk about the impact that they have had. Our special guest is Valentino Assenza. He will also be our guest for part 2. Valentino will have a lot to add about the 1973 film. See author photo and bio below.

Valentino Assenza
Valentino Assenza has been a published poet and performing spoken word artist for over the last two decades. In that time he has released four chapbooks and performed all over Canada and the US. Valentino has been a co-host and co-producer of HOWL on CIUT 89.5FM, where he has interviewed names such as George Elliott Clarke, Anne Michaels, Denise Donlon, Ron Sexsmith, and Margaret Atwood.  

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