The Horror comes to life in the West End.
On Halloween night I went to see The Exorcist, a play adaptation of the William Peter Blatty's novel from 1971 and it was just amazing! The stage performance is everything the movie ever was, but it also has the added charm of the events happening live right before your eyes.
The cast did seriously great with the daunting task of bringing one of the most iconic Horror masterpieces to life. Jenny Seagrove was perfect as concerned mother Chris MacNeil, and also the trademark fuck you attitude was spot on, Adam Garcia is the show's eye candy as Father Karras and Peter Bowles shines as veteran exorcist Father Merrin.
Tristan Wymark was a better version of uncle Burke then the film's and 12 year old Regan is played by grown ass woman Clare Louise Connolly that was simply mind-blowing and 100% fooled me to think she was an actual child (to be fair, I was sitting pretty far). The way she portrayed so convincingly an innocent kid one minute and sick and twisted demon the next was just mesmerizing.
Of course honourable mention goes to Captain Howdy, voiced by none other than Ian McKellen aka Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings and Magneto from the X-Men films to name only a couple of the roles of this legendary actor.
If you haven’t lived under a rock all your life, you know The Exorcist is about a young girl getting possessed by a malevolent entity, but it's also about the struggle of a mother, coming to terms with what’s happening to her daughter and finding a way to save her, no matter if it goes against her believes.
There’s a lot of nightmare fuelling scenes in the book and movie, that they managed to recreate in the best possible way for the stage, only one was missing though, but by the way the house stairs are angled on set, you know it wouldn't be happening.
But all the other most legendary bits are in… and I mean ALL! Also the C bomb and many other swears are used with no shame. Like you would expect from an 18+ gig.
We also need to give a massive props to the behind the scene crew, that did wonders with creating the set and the mind-blowing special effects, because without that, The Exorcist would have missed a lot of its scary charm. I was also pleasantly surprised to see they managed to put some light-hearted and laugh out loud moment in the mix.
The Exorcist is at the Phoenix Theatre London only from October 20th 2017 to March 10th 2018, so if you're in town make sure to catch it before it's too late.
I bet it won't be long before this adaption starts travelling the whole world because it is exactly the treat every Horror fan needs to experience.