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The Importance of The Exorcist (Plus: William Friedkin Tweets About Compliance, AND I GEEK OUT)

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The Importance of The Exorcist (Plus: William Friedkin Tweets About Compliance, AND I GEEK OUT)

03:00 02 January in Musings, Rants and Raves
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William Friedkin ( @williamfriedkin ), director of The Exorcist, wrote the following tweet last night:

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I then tweeted back at him and the following occurred:

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I then proceeded to GEEK THE FUCK OUT AND CALL EVERY IMPORTANT PERSON I KNOW THAT WOULD ANSWER A PHONE PAST MIDNIGHT.

 

There are two important facts you should know in order to fully understand why this is so mind blowing to me:

1) I saw this tweet literally 15 minutes after completing watching Friedkin’s newest film, Killer Joe, which I thought was out of control and incredible.  A must watch for anyone that wants to see some sex, violence, and fried chicken.  So fates collide…

2) The Exorcist is on my top 5 films of all time (a hard thing for a film buff to say), is my #1 horror film of all time, and is one of the pillars for my theories on filmmaking.

I recently started answering to the “What’s the one film you would make if you could make anything” question by saying: “Something that is seething with evil and gets burned into your soul.  Something like The Exorcist.”  I then go on about The Fear of God: The Making of “The Exorcist” and how the actual process of making the film was the important variable to its success.  It was the fact that someone out there said, “You want to build the set inside of a freezer?  OK.”  It was the fact that a group of people said, “Forget the boundaries, we are the boundary-makers.”  William Friedkin was and is fearless and look at where his films stand in the annals of history.

Producers: if you want your film to be generationally defining then you have to stop making stuff that the powers that be expect you to make.  You are the content makers.  You can’t forget that the direction of our industry hinges on what you want to create.  If you hit mine or anyone else’s expectations for content creation I will be disappointed.  I want you to exceed my expectations and make something that defies convention and causes revolution.  Brad Feld recently posted that he ignores trends.  We need to do the same thing.  Then, and only then, might films like The Exorcist and Compliance become a common thing in indie film instead of rare gems.