arcana imperii :: the book of j


the beginning... of the end?

the prequel to horror film classic the exorcist was the most popular film at US and canadian cinemas at the weekend, taking £10m ($18.2m) in three days.

yet critics, who were not given advance screenings, have not been kind. «satan save us from any more exorcist sequels» was the toronto star's headline. the boston globe wrote: «if you're looking for groundbreaking badness, you needn't look much further than the new exorcist prequel, which is one interminably grisly waste». «after a well-paced first two acts, exorcist: the beginning eventually collapses under its enormous weight» wrote the san francisco chronicle. the hollywood reporter said: «the scariest thing about this film is how desperate the makers are to earn a scream».

i shall wait for the dvd release which will include both paul schrader's original prequel alongside renny harlin's cinema version.

source: the beeb.