Has anyone else heard about this??? Apparently the new exorcist prequel was shot, and in the can ready to be distributed and the studio decided it wasn’t bloody enough to make a buck. They fired Paul Schrader and brought in Renny Harlin (known for directing a Nightmare on Elm Street bomb) to spice it up and make it more what the kids will like to see…lmao!! Now, in most cases they will fire a director part way through shooting and re-shoot what the new director doesn’t like and salvage what they can, or if its already shot they may re-edit it and add some scenes…in this case a completed movie was scrapped and they shot it all from scratch. Now what they are saying is that when the dvd is released it will actually include both versions!! While most DVDs include deleted scenes, this one will include a deleted movie…lol
The funny thing is, i’ll bet the original one is going to be way better than the one they are releasing, and if one is going to be remembered it will be the original version…as they said the whole reason for re-doing the picture was to make to more gory and violent, and we all know that what can be imagined is way more brutal and memorable as what is on the screen!
Think of movies like Reservior Dogs…you remember it as being a very violent and bloody movie, but in reality it wasn’t at all…QT used reactions to make it seem more violent than it was…when Mr. Blonde (Michael Madson) is cutting off the cops ear, nothing is shown…its all cuts of blondes reaction and the radio…all you see is the resulting ear, but when you remember it later it was about as violent and bloody as anything you’ve seen because your imagination added in the part you couldn’t see, and that is so much more powerful!
Execs don’t seem to get that…they always want to see everything.
Take Signs for instance…the whole movie was ruined when you see the alien at the end and they explain how man defeated the aliens…had they ended it with them coming up from the attic it would have been a GREAT movie…instead they decided to extend it too long and use up that FX budget, and ruin the whole movie!
I’m personnally pretty excited about the first cut of the new exorcist movie…but not at all interested in the teen slasher version thats gonna be released. Oh well, if history serves us well, the one thats being released will bomb, and the dvd will be out in a month…and hey, if the dvd sales do really well because the ditched version is a good movie, maybe they will release it in theaters…