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Hanging Out with ‘The Exorcist III’ (1990)

By Gina Freitag

This Halloween season, we’re keeping things dark and chilling with tarot reader Laura Hokstad as she leads our next lecture, The Hanged Man: Tarot Archetypes in Horror. You may have caught a glimpse of her on Rue Morgue TV’s latest segment, Terror Tarot, in which she gives details about the tarot card deck she uses followed by a breakdown of the readings that take place in Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965, dir. Freddie Francis).

When she joins us tomorrow for our free October lecture, the great and all-seeing Laura guides us further into the ethereal realm of tarot readings by offering up some tarot history, examining the symbolic archetypes represented in the cards, and then discussing how those types stand out thematically in horror, with a special reading of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III (1990). If you’re the type of film fan that likes to follow film series chronologically, now’s the time to squeeze in a viewing of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973) and John Boorman’s The Exorcist II (1977).

In preparation for our accompanying live-tweet screening of The Exorcist III, for which Laura will be providing live commentary via Twitter @BlackMuseumTO, she recommends diving into this article from Bloody Disgusting, which looks at some of the history surrounding the film and why over 30 years later we’re still talking about it.

Once that has you primed, check out Rue Morgue TV’s debate video featuring film journalists Alex West and Alison Lang as they battle it out in a segment called What Horror Sequel is the Best? In this episode, Evil Dead 2 goes head-to-head with The Exorcist III. Of course, we’re a little biased and rooting for The Exorcist III, but what do you think? What is the best horror sequel?

And if you’re still hungry for more, this Top 10 list from Screen Rant is full of surprising details about the troubled release of the film. How many of these facts were already on your radar?

Join Laura for her Black Museum lecture The Hanged Man: Tarot Archetypes in Horror on October 28th, and then head over to Twitter after, when she takes over The Black Museum’s feed (@blackmuseumTO) to provide colour commentary on the William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III (1990) (available to stream on Amazon Prime). Friendly reminder that we’re aiming to press play at approximately 8:20pm ET!

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