Documentary About ‘The Exorcist’ Director Coming To Shudder

An illuminating documentary that delves into the mindset of William Friedkin–the man behind the cameras of The Exorcist–will come to Shudder next month.

Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist–slated to debut on the horror-themed streamer Nov. 19–is a first-hand account of the making of the 1973 horror masterpiece, according to a press release from Shudder. A trailer for the documentary can be viewed on this page.

The revealing documentary, which premiered at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival and will stream this weekend at the Nightstream Film Festival, is the latest effort from Alexandre O. Philippe. The acclaimed documentarian also has produced Doc of the Dead (2014), Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (2017) and last year’s Memory: The Origins of Alien.

Leap of Faith is described as a “lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist (that) explains the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process and the mysteries of faith and fame that have shaped his life and filmography.”

The documentary was produced by Kerry Deignan Roy, with Karyn Kusama, Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay, Joey Porcelli and Randy Pharo on board as executive producers.

Philippe said in a statement that he is “absolutely thrilled” to be working with Shudder, adding that the streamer is the “perfect home and partnership” for his film. Shudder general manager Craig Engler called the documentary an “unparalleled look at one of the greatest horror films of all time.”

The Exorcistfrom Warner Bros. Pictures–as all horror fans and film buffs know–told the terrifying story of the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother’s attempt to save her through an exorcism performed by two priests. The classic film–directed by Friedkin and written and produced by William Peter Blatty (from his 1971 novel)–starred Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller and (of course) Linda Blair.

Keep reading Horror News Network to learn about all future horror offerings from Shudder.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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