William Peter Blatty (born January 7, 1928) is an American writer and filmmaker. The novel The Exorcist, written in 1971, is his magnum opus; he also penned the subsequent screenplay version of the film, for which he won an Academy Award. He also wrote and directed the sequel, The Exorcist III: Legion.
His most recent works include the novels Elsewhere (2009), Dimiter (2010), and Crazy (2010). He is also featured in the upcoming 2013 Smoke And Mirrors anthology, featuring the teleplay “Hell Hospital” and the treatment “Faith”.
Blatty was born in New York City, the son of Lebanese parents who came to America on a cattle boat, Mary (née Mouakad) and Peter Blatty, a cloth cutter in a garment factory. His father left home when William was three years old. Raised in what he described as “comfortable destitution” by his deeply religious Catholic mother, whose sole support came from peddling homemade quince jelly in the streets of New York (his mother once offered a jar of it… read more
What starts off like "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" if it had been directed by Guy Maddin, morphs into a "Catch-22"-esque tragi-comedy, before a bleak but redemptive and transcendent final third, A serious study of faith in a seemingly insane and godless age, it is a more mature film than the head-spinning antics of "The Exorcist" -and I feel it's a better one, too.
An utterly bizarre film with so much to say. Bursting with fantastic images and ideas. It's a clear influence on a certain Scorcese film but to say which one would give away something in the film. Particularly great is Jason Miller, who played Father Karras in The Exorcist. Thematically an infinitely better follow up to The Exorcist than the infamous sequel The Heretic.
Strange film from William Peter Blatty. A meditation on faith, reason, and sanity. It works best in it's most outlandish moments, but it wastes a good cast (particularly Jason Miller) by dropping most of them for the second half of the film. Still, an unusual and interesting film that more people should see.