After examining the iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho in 78/52 and looking back on the birth of a sci-fi horror classic in Memory: The Origins of Alien, documentary filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe has now turned his attention to one of the most beloved (and notorious) horror films of all time: William Friedkin's The Exorcist (based on William Peter Blatty's novel of the same name).

In his new documentary Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist, Philippe sits down with Friedkin in a one-on-one style reminiscent of the Hitchcock/Truffaut conversations, taking us inside the mind of the brilliant filmmaker as he reflects on the fascinating, multifaceted making of his legendary movie that still sets the standard for bone-chilling cinematic horror nearly 50 years after its initial release.

With Leap of Faith now streaming on Shudder, Daily Dead had the pleasure of talking with Philippe about his in-depth discussions with Friedkin for the new documentary, and he also teases an upcoming project he's working on that explores the connection between The Wizard of Oz and the films of David Lynch.

Check out the video interview below, and in case you missed it, read Heather Wixson's Sundance review of the documentary!

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    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.

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