Friday, 16 December 2011

Review on The Exorcist

Review on The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist

This film; The Exorcist written by William Peter Blatty had based it on true events which John J. Puccio expresses in a review. 'William Peter Blatty based the screenplay on his own best-selling novel, which in turn found inspiration from a newspaper article about a real-life exorcism. Under the direction of William Friedkin, the movie account of young Regan's demonic possession is probably a lot scarier than the actual experience, as it should be in a work of largely imaginative fiction. But it's that element of "what if" that makes the movie all the more plausible, and , therefore, all the more alarming.' (Puccio, 2010) Despite basing the film on true events it also caused many problems and uproars including offence to religious groups as they tried to get the film banned as David Keyes explains. 'But "The Exorcist" had all the right intentions. Its story, characters, conception, and vision were all uniquely concepted, and in 1973, it scared the hell out of everyone. There were reports of suicide, child miscarriages, sacrilege, and religious persecution which all developed from the audiences who saw the movie. In places over on the eastern United States, the movie was rated "X" and in many other places, no one under 18 years of age was allowed into it. Religious groups slammed it for being "religiously degrading," and some even fought to have it removed from theaters.' (Keyes, 1998)


Although in Britain the film had trouble even getting a video age rating and was unable to be purchased or even rented, which is mentioned by Andrew Collins on 'However, in a surreal twists of events, the British Board Of Film Censors still refused to grant the film a video certificate. The then BBFC boss James Ferman said, "The problem with The Exorcist is not that it's a bad film, it's that it's a very good film - one of the most powerful ever made." Thus, in 1998, despite this sense that The Exorcist was back in the public domain, you still could not rent or buy it in this country. In effect, one of the most powerful films ever made was rendered even more powerful. Like Clockwork Orange (1971), The Evil Dead (1982) and The Beach Boys' Surf's Up album, The Exorcist attained the mythic power of unattainability. Then, in 1999, the spell was broken. The BBFC woke up, smelt the coffee, and finally saw fit to grant The Exorcist its requisite 18. Out it came on video, laserdisc and DVD.' (Collins, 2011)

Regan Possessed by the Devil

List of Illustrations

Figure 1. Friedkin, William (1973) The Exorcist [Poster] At: (Accessed on: 16.12.11)

Figure 2. Friedkin, William (1973) Exorcism [Screen cap] At: (Accessed on: 16.12.11)

Figure 3. Friedkin, William (1973) Regan Possessed by the Devil [Screen cap] At: (Accessed on: 16.12.11)


Collins, Andrew (2011) The Empire Essay: Exorcist (Accessed on: 16.12.11)

Keyes, David (1998) The Exorcist (Accessed on:16.12.11)

Puccio, John J. (2010) Exorcist, The - Blu-ray review (Accessed on: 16.12.11)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Tigerfish Monster Finished Texture

Render Tests

Wire Frame

Toon Layer


UV Out

Colour UV

Bump UV

Ambient UV

Alpha Channel

Textures used

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Tigerfish Monster Progression

Body Modeling

Non Smoothed


Review on Freaks

Review on Freaks (1932)


This film was to be a part of the horror genre of the 30s, which its director; Tod Browning wanted to create the ultimate horror film, described by Jamie Russell in a review on 'Originally released in 1932 to cash in on the horror boom of the 30s, "Freaks" has always been something of a hot potato. Director Tod Browning, who'd scored a huge hit with the original "Dracula" in 1930, promised MGM the ultimate scary movie. But the resulting picture surprised everyone: "I asked for something horrifying," said the studio's shocked head of production, "and I got it.' (Russell, 2002) After the shock of this film the studio decided to ban it  until 1960 when the ban was lifted and was allowed to be shown to the public. Kim Newman explains from 'The studio was so horrified that it sold the picture off to grindhouse distributors who appropriately toured it around sleazy tent shows under the title Nature's Mistakes. However, it was revived in the 1960s - when, incidentally, British Censors rescinded their ban on it. In an era when the word 'freak' had a more positive meaning, it became recognised as a one-of-a-kind bizarro masterpiece.' (Newman, 2011) 

Hans and Frieda

Punished and turned into a Mutant Chicken Lady


List of Illustrations

Figure 1. Brownings, Tod (1932) Freaks [Poster] At: (Accessed on: 11.12.11)

Figure 2. Brownings, Tod (1932) Hans and Frieda [Screen cap] At: (Accessed on: 11.12.11)

Figure 3. Brownings, Tod (1932) Punished and turned into a Mutant Chicken Lady [Screen cap] At: (Accessed on: 11.12.11)


Newman, Kim (2011) Freaks (Accessed on: 11.12.11)

Russell, Jamie (2002) Freaks (Accessed on: 11.12.11)

Smithey, Cole (2011) Freaks - Classic Film Pick (Accessed on: 11.12.11)

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Texture Tests


UV Out Map

Colour UV Map

I'm going to do a bump and specular map to see what it looks like.