A memorable 37th year for fans of THE EXORCIST

2010 has proven to be an exciting year for fans of The Exorcist, and as the anniversary of the greatest horror film of all time closes out its 37th year, we collectively continue to learn and appreciate the masterpiece it has become.

On December 26, 1973, The Exorcist was first released to audiences in the U.S., creating instant buzz, shocking audiences, wowing critics, making (at the time) unheard of box office numbers and going on to become a landmark horror film by which future horror films would be compared.

Undoubtedly the recognized highlight of 2010 was the arrival of The Exorcist on Blu-ray disc from Warner Brothers Home Video. Both the original theatrical cut and a slightly adjusted Extended Director’s Cut (previously released as The Version You’ve Never Seen) graced our senses along with a plethora of never-before-seen footage from behind the scenes thanks to cinematographer Owen Roizman, who offered the footage for release after it had been kept in storage for over three decades. The Blu-ray has become the definite copy of the film for fans, and a respectable Blu-ray release for general audiences.

NECA also made the most of 2010′s Halloween holiday, releasing their much-anticipated limited edition (seriously, get it while you can) Possessed Regan Deluxe figurine. It’s only the third officially licensed piece of Exorcist figurine memorabilia released by the company, following the Regan bobble-head and Spiderwalk setting. Although the voice action was dropped, the thing still spins its head and plays Tubular Bells creepishly well.

Some lucky fans even got to see The Exorcist on the big screen again as Warner Brothers released it across cinemas in the U.S. for one night only to mark the arrival of the Blu-ray.

And here, at captainhowdy.com, I finally managed to squeeze out this exciting new design, which came with a much-improved Discussion Forum for members.

Thank you to all involved in this fantastic Exorcist community, fans and appreciators worldwide. This site wouldn’t exist without your continued support. 2011 will mark the 40-year Anniversary of The Exorcist novel first being published, something I aim to celebrate throughout the year as we honour William Peter Blatty and his classic text.

I hope you will join me.

Best,

Jason ‘Captain Howdy’

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  • DamienKarras

    Favourite Exorcist event in 2010 was hands down the theatre screening!

  • Father Bowdern

    2010 … Watching the film on the big screen 37 years after experiencing it for the first when I allowed to see it with my father as a kid. I enjoyed watching audience reactions, hearing nervous laughter, and seeing the film in all its upgraded, enhanced glory on the big screen!

  • ReganTeresa17

    I actually do not have Blu-Ray yet! (I said very embarrassed!)  But I can’t wait until I get one!  I’m very excited to see all the features I hear will be in it!  And about the figures, I just wanted to say that I have heard of them before, but I had no idea that they played the Exorcist theme song from Tubular Bells! I will for sure look into them! They sound really cool!