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"I think the Point Is to Make Us Despair..." - A Journey into The Exorcist Q&A

Updated: Jan 11

Slaughterhouse: 50th Anniversary Screening of The Exorcist is supported by the Arts Council's Late Night Event Pilot Programme The winter season is upon us, and with it comes a unique cinematic experience that promises to take you on a chilling journey into the depths of despair. In our WINTER OF DESPAIR series, we will delve into three iconic films that explore the eternal battle between good and evil, with a clear twist – evil often prevails. Our first stop on this eerie journey is a rare 50th-anniversary screening of "The Exorcist."

The Exorcist Q&A event poster

An Unforgettable Evening

Imagine a cold winter's night in Dublin, the air thick with anticipation. The audience gathers for a cinematic experience like no other, as we prepare to witness the terrifying power of the supernatural on the big screen. But this screening is not just about watching a classic; it's an event. The night will be made even more special by the presence of notable figures, including:

Kate Dolan (You Are Not My Mother)

A rising star in the world of horror, Kate Dolan, will be joining us for a live Q&A session. Her insights into the genre and her unique perspective on storytelling promise to add depth to our understanding of "The Exorcist."

Peter McGann (Comedian & Writer)

Known for his wit and humour, Peter McGann will offer a different lens through which to view this iconic film. Expect his take on the lighter side of horror, as he shares his thoughts and experiences.

Aran from ClassHorrorCast

Aran, from the ClassHorrorCast, is a horror aficionado. His expertise in the genre will provide a deeper insight into the film's impact on the world of horror cinema.

The Exorcist - A Cinematic Masterpiece

As we settle into our seats, the iconic title sequence appears on the screen, and the eerie music fills the theatre. "The Exorcist" is a film that has left an indelible mark on the world of cinema. Directed by William Friedkin and based on William Peter Blatty's novel, it tells the story of a young girl, Regan, who becomes possessed by an evil force. Two priests, Father Merrin and Father Karras, are called to perform an exorcism to save her.

The film is a study of suspense, tension, and the battle between good and evil. Its impact has reverberated through the decades, leaving an indomitable imprint on the horror genre. It's a testament to the power of storytelling and how cinema can elicit profound emotional responses.

Exploring the Eternal Battle

"The Exorcist" delves deep into the eternal battle between good and evil. It forces us to confront our deepest fears and question our beliefs. The very concept of demonic possession challenges our understanding of the spiritual and the supernatural. The film's portrayal of the struggle between the forces of darkness and the power of faith is compelling and terrifying.

A Chilling Atmosphere

One of the defining features of "The Exorcist" is its ability to create an atmosphere that sends shivers down the spine. From the eerie sound design to the dimly lit sets, every element is meticulously crafted to induce fear. The iconic pea soup scene, and the infamous head-spinning moment – these are etched into the collective memory of moviegoers.

The Power of Faith

At the heart of the film lies a profound exploration of faith. Father Merrin and Father Karras are characters who grapple with their own beliefs as they face the embodiment of evil. The battle they wage is not just physical but spiritual. It raises questions about the existence of evil in the world and the role of faith in combating it.

A Timeless Classic

"The Exorcist" remains a timeless classic, relevant to every generation. It continues to influence horror filmmakers and has become a benchmark for what true horror can achieve. The film's impact goes beyond the screen, seeping into popular culture, and shaping the way we perceive the supernatural.

The Winter of Despair - Exorcist

As we kick off our WINTER OF DESPAIR series with "The Exorcist," we invite you to join us for an unforgettable cinematic experience. It's a journey into the darkest corners of the human psyche, a confrontation with the unknown, and an exploration of the eternal battle between good and evil. If you're ready to be thrilled, chilled, and captivated, don't miss this rare 50th-anniversary screening.

Exorcist Q&A Event Details:

Date: 30/11/2023

Time:19:30 -22:30

Venue: The Complex

Tickets from: €12.77

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In a world that often seeks the light, "The Exorcist" draws us into the shadows, challenging our perceptions and beliefs. It's a film that reminds us that evil can be both a force from beyond and a reflection of our inner demons. As we embark on this winter journey of despair, we're excited to share this cinematic masterpiece with you. Join us for an evening that will leave you with chills and questions, as we explore the darkness within and beyond.



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