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Skräckfilmsmästaren om "Det" och Exorcisten-uppföljarna

Fredrik Edström | Nyhet
28 oktober 2017
Fredrik Edström | Nyhet
28 oktober 2017

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Skräckfilmsmästaren William Friedkin avslöjar vad han tyckte om nya It och ger oss även sitt perspektiv på Exorcisten-uppföljarna.

William Friedkin är sannerligen en Hollywood-gigant med t.ex The French Connection på sin mustiga resumé, men det var i skräck-genren han blomstrade upp till ren legend-status.

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Exorcisten ristade för alltid in Friedkins namn på skräckhimlen. Idag uttalar sig regissören om rullen som just sprang förbi hans klassiker som den mest inkomstbringade skräckfilmen genom tiderna: It. Friedkin ger följande dom i en intervju med Indiewire:

I thought it was a little bit over the top, but “It” was really good. The clown was pretty scary stuff. I really like it. But here’s the thing. It will never have as many admissions as “The Exorcist” in terms of people who came to see it. The price of a ticket when “The Exorcist” came out was probably on average less than two dollars; I think today it’s closer to nine. Neither “The Exorcist” nor any of the other films that made a lot of money will ever have as many viewers as “Gone with the Wind” or “Birth of a Nation.” I think it cost 15 cents or a quarter to see. So you can’t talk about how many people saw this more than something else because of the difference in the value of money.

Anar du också lite bitterhet bakom hans uttalande? Friedkin fortsätte med att diskutera uppföljarna till hans klassiker Exorcisten:

I never saw any of the Exorcist films. I saw a few minutes of “Exorcist II,” but that was only because I was in the Technicolor lab timing a film that I had directed — I forget which one — and one of the color timers at Technicolor said, hey, we just made a print of “Exorcist II,” would you like to have a look at it? I said OK. I went in, and after five minutes, it just blasted me. I couldn’t take it. I thought it was just ridiculous and stupid. But that was only five minutes, so I can’t make an ultimate judgement about it. It just seemed to me to have nothing to do with “The Exorcist.”

Undertecknad är en av de lyckliga själar som enbart sett den första filmen i serien. Gjorde Friedkin rätt i att skippa uppföljarna?