“The Exorcist,” the story of a 12-year-old girl possessed by the Devil, was published in 1971 and sold more than 13 million copies.Mr. Blatty died today. He was 89.
The 1973 movie version, starring Linda Blair and directed by William Friedkin, was a runaway hit and earned Mr. Blatty, who wrote the screenplay, an Academy Award. (It was also the first horror movie nominated for the best-picture Oscar.)
I did not see the movie or read the book. Nevertheless, they were both very consequential.
The movie can be downloaded HERE.
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