The Markaz Middle East American Horror Film Series: "The Exorcist"



THE EXORCIST (Extended Director's Cut) · Thursday, October 22 · 6:30pm  · 5998 W. Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90035


On behalf of The Markaz, you are invited to a series dedicated to the horror films of Middle Eastern American filmmakers, the first of its kind in Southern California. Watch movies in an intimate art house setting with film aficionados and horror fans! The first film in our series, programmed for Oct 22, will be the timeless horror film, The Exorcist (1973), written by Lebanese American writer, producer, and director, William Peter Blatty. For 27 years, Blatty, who wrote the original novel and screenplay and produced the film, argued for a longer version of what is considered one of the most horrifying movies ever made. Director, William Friedkin, finally agreed and Warner Bros. (reluctantly) released an extended version 11 minutes longer than the original with added special effects and a revised ending. "[R]eviews generally agreed the film still holds the power to shock and entertain," Rogert Ebert.

To follow on Oct 23 will be The House of the Devil (2009) produced by prolific Arab American horror film producer and founder of Maljack Production, a small company that acquired the rights to old horror films abandoned by the movie industry, Malik B. Ali; and the world's first Iranian Vampire/Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) by Iranian American director Ana Lily Amirpour. A Q&A panel will be held following the screening of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, which will include actor Dominic Rains (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Jinn), UC Riverside Asian horror film scholar, Lan Duong, and a surprise guest. The panel will be moderated by Alex F. Ago, horror film expert and Director of Programming and Special Projects for USC's School of Cinematic Arts. 

Series curated by host Marissa Hicks-Alcaraz.

Receptions held before each screening, with delicious Middle Eastern/Moroccan food catering by Bouchra Azizy and craft beer/wine, starting at 6:30 pm, films at 7:45 pm. All three screenings will take place at The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90035.

Through this series we hope to bring various communities together to share both the thrills and artistry of Middle Eastern American horror, as well as to draw attention to the ways in which Middle Eastern American filmmakers have helped shape American horror cinema and continue to influence the genre today.

Tickets $12/members and students with ID $10. Seating limited, reservations strongly advised, online or call 323.413.2001



To purchase tickets for The House of the Devil + Raffle, please go to:

To purchase tickets for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night + Q&A, please go to:



  • October 22, 2015 at 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • The Markaz
  • $10.00 USD
  • 2 people are going
  • Marissa Hicks-Alcaraz



Will you come?

$12.00 General Admission -- "The Exorcist"
$10.00 Members/Students With ID -- "The Exorcist"

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