I feel as if I'm cheating here, but I have good reason to pair up these movies. William Friedkin, a brillian director, lensed THE EXORCIST in 1973, and really set the cinematic world in fire. Seven years later, Friedkin threw gasoline on that fire with the release of CRUISING, a movie largely set in the actual bars and clubs of the undergroud gay community...a segment of the gay community.
The parallels between THE EXORCIST and CRUISING are not only there, but they are very obvious, but I won't fill this with spoilers.
THE EXORCIST is frighteing in its own way, especially "The Version You've Never Seen" but the film CRUISING is beyond frightening because what you see, if you pay close attentiion, is nothing short of shocking. I will say thing about CRUISING: it's pre-AIDS, and is a segment of the gay work which doesn't exist any more...and if it does, it's seriously underground.
And as my friend Gary will attest, you don't walk down the streets of the meat packing district without taking your life in your handsl
Watch these movies back-to-back: THE EXORCIST then CRUISING.
The chill will be more than up your spine.
Labels: Cruising, The Exorcist, William Friedkin