Şeytan is a 1974 Turkish cult horror film, directed by Metin Erksan, featuring Canan Perver as a 12 year old girl named Gul, living a high society life with her mother in Istanbul, who becomes possessed by the Satan himself after experimenting with a Ouija board. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on November 1, 1974, is commonly known as Turkish Exorcist because of plot and stylistic similarities copied from William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973). —Wikipedia
Born in 1929, Metin Erksan is one of the first Turkish filmmakers who saw cinema as an art form apart from a mass entertaining medium. Having studied art history in Istanbul University and being the brother of a little known director named Cetin Karamanbey, Erksan found himself at a very early age in a favourable position to combine film practice with aesthetic concerns. He worked as his elder brother’s assistant for a short while and made his first debut with the script of “Binnaz” (1950) shot for Atlas Film Production Company. As many other filmmakers of the era who took the seventh art seriously, Erksan worked as a columnist in papers and film periodicals before engaging in active filmmaking.
Metin Erksan’s first film as a director that also heralded the unique and controversial place he would later occupy in the history of Turkish cinema was ‘Asik Veysel’ in “Hayati” (1952). Telling the dramatic life of the famous blind poet and song writer Asik Veysel, the film was later… read more