Joshua John Miller Discusses Directing The Exorcism and Its Impact

Joshua John Miller was not prepared for the experience of directing a movie.

With ‘The Exorcism’, starring Russel Crowe and inspired by the 1974 classic horror film ‘The Exorcist’, which featured his father Jason Miller, the 49-year-old actor took on the role of director. He admitted the process was fraught but now feels more prepared for future projects.

Joshua John Miller Discusses Directing The Exorcism and Its Impact

Miller said to The AU Review: Let’s just say I have a lot more guile than before this process. I think that’s more rooted in optimism about film. I still feel that cinema is the path forward, and not all these streaming things, you know? I actually want to shoot on film for my next movie. I believe in cinema. I don’t believe in Hollywood. And I think there’s a distinct difference.

Joshua John Miller Discusses Directing The Exorcism and Its Impact

Challenging Directorial Debut

Miller continued: I was not prepared for this experience, to be honest. It was fraught for me. I think I learned a lot, and I’m more prepared than ever for the next.

Joshua John Miller Discusses Directing The Exorcism and Its Impact

Miller directed the film from a screenplay he wrote with M.A. Fortin. A former actor with multiple horror credits to his name, including ‘Near Dark’, Joshua John Miller also happens to be the son of Jason Miller, who played Father Karras in ‘The Exorcist’, a supernatural horror classic filmed partly in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

The Impact of The Exorcist

Joshua John Miller Discusses Directing The Exorcism and Its Impact

Miller recalled how he couldn’t remember exactly when he first saw the uncut version of ‘The Exorcist’, which starred Linda Blair as Reagan MacNeil, but still believes it is a perfect example of its genre.

Joshua John Miller Discusses Directing The Exorcism and Its Impact

He said: I think I first saw it on television, so it was obviously heavily edited. I saw it a couple of times when I was a kid. It was exciting and weird and scary. The uncut version? I wonder when the first time I saw it was…

Joshua John Miller Discusses Directing The Exorcism and Its Impact

Miller added: I know I saw the re-issue and the new cut that William Friedkin had done that came out in the late 90s or early 2000s. I didn’t think that was as good as the original. But I got to see it on the big screen, and that was cool. It still remains one of my favorite movies.

A Love Letter to Cinema

Joshua John Miller Discusses Directing The Exorcism and Its Impact

Miller declared: I don’t say that in a biased way. It just happens to be, I think, a perfect film. I think it’s challenging in the way it deals with faith and the fear of the unknown. I think it’s also a weird allegory for divorce and the fallout of the family unit. It has layers.

Upcoming Release Date

‘The Exorcism’ is due for release on June 21st.

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