The Exorcist Steps

Turns out the famous "Exorcist" steps are going to be commemorated by the city as an official landmark.  The ceremony will be held at the corner of Prospect and 36th Streets on October 30th, the day before Halloween.

As the City Paper notes . . .  

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the classic film, which begs the question: What the hell took so long for those steps to become an official D.C. landmark?

Exorcist author, and TGA supporter (not to mention contributor) William Peter Blatty will be there, in addition to Exorcist director William Friedkin, Councilman Jack Evans, and many of the hundreds of others who have already RSVP'd on Facebook.

Blatty wrote his book, The Exorcist, after hearing about a case of "possession" in one of his theology classes at Georgetown.  He won an Oscar for the screenplay and went on to write, direct, and produce more films, including two sequels.  

Blatty is also behind The Father King Society, an attempt at petitioning the Vatican to ensure Georgetown remains authentically Catholic, an effort which was deemed "well-founded," by Archbishop Angelo Zani, secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, who in a letter to Blatty stated: “Our Congregation is taking the issue seriously, and is cooperating with the Society of Jesus in this regard.”