The man who terrified a generation with his head-spinning 1973 masterpiece, The Exorcist, is back to scare audiences with Bug, an adaptation of of all things an Off Broadway play. But don't tell William Friedkin that his latest project is a horror flick. ''Horror films are mostly senseless blood and gore today,'' says Friedkin. ''The shortcut is to call [Bug] a horror film because it does have some very disturbing elements. I imagine it's difficult to market a film that is not a pure genre film because most of the stuff that comes out today is easily classifiable. And Bug clearly isn't.''
With Bug hitting theaters, Friedkin is looking forward to an eclectic slate. First up, he's premiering a new, racier cut of his 1980 Al Pacino flick Cruising at the Cannes film festival (''It's amazing how much it holds up''). Friedkin is also contemplating helming an opera this summer and is planning his next movie. ''I'm working on a film called Coco & Igor, about the love story between Stravinsky and Chanel.'' Smells interesting.