Horror Remake Watch: The Exorcist

It really doesn’t matter what you think of all these horror remakes, ’cause they’re here to stay, and there will be more – many, many more. Here’s the latest “reimagined” scarefest from the Hollywood nightmare machine.

Hot on the heels of the announcement that David Cronenberg will reboot the remake of his own reimagining of The Fly comes word that William Friedkin will be cooking up a new patch of pea soup as he returns to the film that many consider to be the freakiest freak show ever, The Exorcist. Back in 1973, people literally went insane watching that movie, passing out in the aisles and yammering in foreign tongues as they witnessed young Linda Blair ruining her mom’s cocktail party by pissing on the carpet. Friedkin hopes to cast Blair in Ellen Burstyn’s part this time around, and word has it he’s eyeing Elle Fanning as Regan now that her sister Dakota is getting too old to be growling about mothers sucking cocks in hell. No word on who will be playing Father Merrin, but we vote for Kirk Douglas, because he’s old.

It’s worth mentioning that both The Fly and The Exorcist are horror films that feature rather memorable scenes where someone vomits all over the place, with terrifying results. Other horror film that fall into this category include The Witches of Eastwick, where the Devil made Veronica Cartwright vomit cherry pits all to and fro; and Poltergeist II: The Other Side, where hard-drinking Craig T. Nelson swallows the worm in his tequila and upchucks something that was referred to as “The Vomit Creature” in the closing credits. All of these sequences could get quite the impressive reboot with today’s IMAX 3D technology, which Friedkin plans to incorporate into The Exorcist 2.0, because why the hell not, really.