UNSEEN SPECIAL EFFECTS TEST FOOTAGE FROM THE EXORCIST!

SOURCE: BLOODY-DISGUSTING

The wicked boils ‘n ghouls over at BLOODY DISGUSTING have gotten their claws on some amazing exclusive footage from the special effects testing from the shooting of THE EXORCIST that has never been seen anywhere before (now).

From Bloody Disgusting:

The footage was provided by someone very special to us, who unfortuantely cannot be named.

Let me attempt to explain what you’re about to see (it will be broken into 3 parts with more “treats” coming in a few days!)…

This footage came from a 16mm print which was labeled as such: “Warner Bros color timed anamorphic test – The Exorcist.” The case had William Friedkin’s name hand written on the address label.

The following footage was shot on 35mm. This print was a 16mm reduction of the 35mm footage, probably intended to view tests at home or in the office.

The most interesting thing to my buddy is that this was shot SCOPE. As he explains, the camera slates in this footage list Friedkin as the director, so this leads one to assume Friedkin was originally going to shoot THE EXORCIST in scope. This footage, to the best of his knowledge, is totally unreleased anywhere and is the ONLY footage ever seen of THE EXORCIST set shot in scope. And it’s premiering exclusively right here on Bloody Disgusting!!!

He also believes that the man you sometimes see standing by the bed with a moustache is WILLIAM PETER BLATTY supervising the tests. (Note: this may appear in future videos I share next week.)

Another interesting thing you see in this footage is the ENTIRE ROOM is on some sort of device which makes it shake back and forth violently. Neither of us remember a scene in the finished movie where the entire room swivels around as if it is unhinged from the rest of the house…

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM BLOODY DISGUSTING!

Below you’ll find the first of 4 videos (shared over 3 days) in which we see some effects tests where Regan floats, and where she is being thrown around her bed. Frightening even in test footage!

So be sure to check back here, or Bloody Disgusting for further behind the scenes SFX tests from one of the most terrifying horror films of all time.

WHERE HAVE WE BEEN?

Apologies for the lack of updates recently boils ‘n ghouls. We here at Backwoods Horror have been experiencing some technical difficulties, and on top of that most of the office has been sick with some kind of devil flu from hell. Unfortunately, because of these issues, we haven’t been able to keep you up to date on the latest and greatest on horror news, reviews, and everything in between. Sorry about that. But now we’re back and ready to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and we’re all out of bubble gum. So get ready for the latest and greatest in horror and thank you so very much for your patience.

In the meantime, this is about how half the office looked for the past few weeks:

VIDEO: MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY TALKS ABOUT HIS CHARACTER AND THE NC-17 VIOLENCE IN ‘KILLER JOE’

What exactly is this KILLER JOE flick about? Based on a play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, Killer Joe is a feature film to be released by LD Films on July 27. Directed by William Friedkin (The ExorcistTo Live Or Die In LA), LD Films is releasing it with it’s original NC-17 rating intact. Because many theaters will not play a film rated NC-17, and Television and Print will often not run advertisements for the film, this is an awesome, albeit risky, move you don’t normally see in these terribly politically correct, saccharine times. I tip my hat to you, LD Films. The film stars Matthew McConaugheyEmile HirschJuno TempleThomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon.

Bloody Disgusting recently sat down with Matthew McConaughey (Joe Cooper) for an interview about his character and the NC-17 violence of the film. Check it out!



SYNOPSIS
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When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella.

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER FOR FRIEDKIN’S ‘KILLER JOE’

But first, what exactly is this Killer Joe flick I’m talking about? Based on a play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, Killer Joe is a feature film to be released by LD Films on July 27. Directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist, To Live Or Die In LA), LD Films is releasing it with it’s original NC-17 rating intact. Because many theaters will not play a film rated NC-17, and Television and Print will often not run advertisements for the film, this is an awesome, albeit risky, move you don’t normally see in these terribly politically correct, saccharine times. I tip my hat to you, LD Films. The film stars Matthew McConaugheyEmile HirschJuno TempleThomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon.

Here’s a brief synopsis from Bloody Disgusting:

When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella.

From that synopsis and the trailer (below), this looks like it is going to be a badass flick. Not exactly horror, but certainly horrific in sheer violence and menace.