It’s a pretty sweet deal that Mick Garris has with FEARnet, being able to chat with some of the preeminent directors in the horror genre on his “Post Mortem” web series, and his next guest is no exception. How about a sneak peek at Garris’ interview with the one and only William Friedkin?
The five-part interview will be available on FEARnet.com starting Monday, March 14, 2011, and will also be available on Verizon FiOS (Channel 197) starting March 19th and On Demand (VOD) as of March 21st.
From the Press Release:
During the interview Garris and Friedkin discuss in-depth The Exorcist, Friedkin’s belief in demonic possession, and what tactics he uses to terrify his audiences. Highlights from the interview include Friedkin’s comments on…
…how he came to direct The Exorcist:
“Stanley Kubrick passed. Arthur Penn passed. Mike Nichols said that you can’t base a movie about the devil on the performance of a twelve-year-old girl. It’s impossible. You’ll never find such a person.”
…his belief in demonic possession:
“There was a film about Hitler in the bunker called Downfall. What that film brought out for me was, my, it strengthened my belief that Hitler…the only explanation for Hitler is demonic possession.”
“The only way I could have made The Exorcist the way I did, is if I believed it. If you look at the film, it’s a film made by people who believe this – we’re not kidding. The guy who wrote it and the guy who directed it accept demonic possession and exorcism as a possibility.”
…his philosophy of storytelling:
“I want people to take from my films what they bring to them. Themselves. I don’t tell them how they’re supposed to think about a movie.”
The conversations also touch on his own feelings on religion and what brought him to revisit his iconic film by releasing The Exorcist: The Version You’ve Never Seen.
Friedkin is the latest subject for Mick Garris, whose “Post Mortem” has bolstered his reputation as “the Charlie Rose of the blood and guts set.” Other recent interviews have included John Carpenter, John Landis, Frank Darabont, Wes Craven, Rick Baker, and Roger Englund. The entire “Post Mortem with Mick Garris” collection can be found here.
Check out our exclusive clip below, which shows Friedkin discussing what he sees as his most important films: “The films that are most important that I’ve done are films about the thin line between good and evil and the fact that there is good and evil in all of us. And that it’s a constant struggle for our better angels to prevail…”