THE SCREENING ROOM: "I Put a Spell On You" — Horror Stories Onstage (Video)

By Carey Purcell
26 Oct 2013

The Exorcist

William Peter Blatty's novel scared readers everywhere when it debuted in 1971 and was adapted for the screen two years later. The film, starring Linda Blair as the possessed pre-teen Regan, quickly became famous for its frightening special effects.

The stage adaptation, starring Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain, made its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in 2012. With a script by John Pielmeier and directed by John Doyle, The Exorcist examined people's faith — or lack thereof — and incorporated elements from the Roman Catholic Mass and other religious rituals into the production.