Not Your Final Girl Podcast: Trust Exorcise- ‘The Exorcist III’ And ‘Let’s Scare Jessica To Death’

by Brendan M. Allen

Your favorite hosts are back, and talking to film critic and cosplayer Jessica Scott, who brought two underrated and under-discussed bangers: John Hancock’s ethereal and unsettling Let’s Scare Jessica To Death (1971), and William Peter Blatty’s chaotic long lost successor to The Exorcist, The Exorcist III (1990 – and yes, The Exorcist II exists, but for our purposes, no it doesn’t).

You might wonder what these movies have in common for a double feature, and they’re here to tell you: actually a lot! Both were developed to diverge heavily from their source material, both use naturalistic relationships to drive the horror, both feature fantastic voice work and dream/nightmare logic, both were ignored by Roger Ebert, and of course, Zohra Lampert – who if you’re not familiar with as a performer, you’re about to be.

What these don’t have in common, in no particular order: 70’s pesticide horror, Weird Little Guy Things, creepy car-handle holding, the Catholic Joker, fear of free love, “a lesbian flick,” and Fabio.

Show music by Ariel Dyer – arieldyer.bandcamp.com

Show art by Brian Demarest: instagram.com/evilflynn

Comicon thanks Not Your Final Girl for allowing us to premiere episodes of their podcast. The full Not Your Final Girl podcast archive can be found on Morbidly Beautiful’s official website, morbidlybeautiful.com.

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