A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist, Leap of Faith explores the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that have shaped his life and filmography. Starring William Freidkin. Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe (78/52, Memory: The Origins of Alien).
In the Shudder documentary, Leap of Faith, director William Friedkin discusses a number of controversies surrounding The Exorcist. He talks about the strange movie that inspired the masterpiece of horror, why he carried a gun on set, and why even he doesn’t know what happens at the end of the movie. Here are the biggest reveals from Shudder’s Leap of Faith documentary explained.
The Exorcist was released in 1973 but is still, to this day, considered one of the scariest movies of all time. Whether that’s true or not, it certainly made a big splash in the ’70s. Back then, some people thought the film itself was evil. There were protests in the streets and some theaters even refused to show it. However, despite the controversy surrounding The Exorcist, the movie was a runaway hit. Friedkin went well over budget when making the film, but it didn’t matter because up until the late ’90s, The Exorcist was the highest-grossing rated-R movie of all time.
Leap of Faith is set to stream exclusively on Shudder.