Exorcist star Linda Blair in Canberra for horror film festival

Forty years after it first shocked movie-goers, The Exorcist is being taken out for another spin.

Actress Linda Blair will visit Canberra next month for a 40th anniversary screening of William Friedkin's Oscar-winning 1973 horror masterpiece in which she played a 12-year-old girl possessed by the Devil.

The November 23 showing at Greater Union Manuka will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session with the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated actress.

The Exorcist screening will launch Canberra's own Monster Fest.

The inaugural ACT outing for Melbourne's horror film festival will bring 12 hours of screen schlock and frights to CIT's Woden Campus on November 30.


Fans of scary movies will be treated to a bizarre selection of cult creep-outs from around the world, including Big Ass Spider, Kiss Of The Damned and the Canadian zombie flick Antisocial.

Monster Fest Director Neil Foley said the festival was thrilled to bring Linda Blair to Australia.

β€œThe Exorcist has had a phenomenal impact on popular culture and kick-started a new wave of horror films in the 1970s,” he said.

β€œFor 40 years it's been the stand-out film in the genre, and it's just fabulous that audiences in Canberra will be able to see the film with Linda.”

Blair will also attend screenings at Monster Fest in Melbourne and at the Brisbane International Film Festival.

The November tour will be her first visit to Australia in more than 20 years.

Blair shot the movies Dead Sleep and Fatal Bond on the Gold Coast and in Sydney in the early 1990s.

Tickets for The Exorcist screening at Greater Union Manuka from 8.30pm on November 23 go on sale on Saturday.

Tickets for Monster Fest go on sale from October 11 at www.monsterfest.net.au