Exorcising the past: Schrader’s ‘Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist’ (2005) is so tame that Pazuzu comes off as a good guy (Movie review)

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t’s an excellent month for an exorcism. From Oct. 21-31, I’m looking back at the five films of “The Exorcist” series as we celebrate Spooky Month here at Cold Bananas. Wrapping it up is the last film, “Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist” (2005):

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Exorcising the past: Merrin’s first encounter with Pazuzu gets a robust telling in Harlin’s ‘Exorcist: The Beginning’ (2004) (Movie review)

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t’s an excellent month for an exorcism. From Oct. 21-31, I’m looking back at the five films of “The Exorcist” series as we celebrate Spooky Month here at Cold Bananas. Next up is the fourth film, “Exorcist: The Beginning” (2004):

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Exorcising the past: Blatty returns for meditative, moody ‘The Exorcist III’ (1990), based on his novel ‘Legion’ (Movie review)

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t’s an excellent month for an exorcism. From Oct. 21-31, I’m looking back at the five films of “The Exorcist” series as we celebrate Spooky Month here at Cold Bananas. Next up is the third film, “The Exorcist III” (1990):

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Exorcising the past: Regan’s story continues in the weird, boring ‘Exorcist II: The Heretic’ (1977) (Movie review)

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t’s an excellent month for an exorcism. From Oct. 21-31, I’m looking back at the five films of “The Exorcist” series as we celebrate Spooky Month here at Cold Bananas. Next up is the second film, “Exorcist II: The Heretic” (1977):

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Exorcising the past: ‘The Exorcist’ (1973) sets the template, and a high bar, for subsequent exorcism films (Movie review)

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t’s an excellent month for an exorcism. From Oct. 21-31, I’m looking back at the five films of “The Exorcist” series as we celebrate Spooky Month here at Cold Bananas. First up is “The Exorcist” (1973):

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John’s top 10 TV shows of 2017

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e’re living in a historical transitional period for TV, as streaming services compete with traditional networks and cable/satellite channels for our entertainment dollar. As such, television has never been better, regardless of how it gets to us. Appropriately, my list of the year’s best shows consists of half network shows and half others, and kicks off with a streaming series.

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‘The Exorcist’ reviews

John’s “The Exorcist” flashback review, Oct. 21, 2020

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New footage makes ‘Exorcist’ scarier than ever

By JOHN HANSEN
Oct. 27, 2000

 

Like “Lost Souls,” “The Exorcist” works due to the mood set by the sound, visuals and pacing. But this 1973 horror classic—rereleased with 11 minutes of added footage—uses a slightly different tack to scare the crap out of the viewer. “The Exorcist” slowly draws the viewer in, then keeps them on edge by mixing complete silence with creepy music and sound effects.

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Fall TV 2017: 1 new show and 5 returning shows John is looking forward to (Commentary)

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here are more good TV shows than ever before – so much so that TV overload has become an issue for even the biggest TV geeks – but they premiere throughout the calendar year now. As such, Fall TV ain’t what it used to be. Still, there’s something traditional and nostalgic about getting that Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview in the mail. Not willing to wait any longer for mine to arrive so I can research the offerings, here are my picks for one new show and five returning shows to watch (all times Eastern):

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Exorcising the past: ‘Legion’ (1983) (Book review)

In this series, I look back at past entries in the “Exorcist” saga as we await word of the renewal or cancellation of the Fox TV series that continues the movie saga into modern day.

William Peter Blatty obliquely returns to the world of “The Exorcist” in “Legion” (1983), which was later adapted into the movie “Exorcist III.” Although the MacNeils are not in the novel (or even directly mentioned), Lieutenant Kinderman returns – this time as the main character – and there are other surprise tie-ins to the 1971 novel.

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