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Behind The Curtains: The Exorcist


Production Credits:

Director: William Friedkin

Producer: William Peter Blatty and Noel Marshall

Screenplay: William Peter Blatty

Cinematographer: Owen Roizman

Country of Origin: USA

Year: 1973 

Running Time: 122 minutes or 132 minutes (Director’s cut)


Principal Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair

If you are a horror movie fan, you will definitely know this movie. Considered a masterpiece by many, and by some the scariest movie ever made. In 1973, 'The Exorcist' made its appearance, full of gore scenes and heavy suspense. Each person that watched it didn't know what happened behind the scenes.

The Exorcist is based off a real life event. William Blatty (the author of the novel), was inspired by a real exorcism that happened with a boy called Roland Doe. The exorcism was performed by catholic priests at Georgetown University Hospital, but they had to stop when Rolland managed to get free from the bed strains. During that incident, he slashed one of the priest's arms.

Some countries around the world decided to ban the movie due to its horrific and graphic scenes. 'The Exorcist' was far ahead of its time and was not everyone's cup of tea. According to my research there are stories of paramedic calls to treat shocked viewers that couldn't handle the nature of the movie. Many to this day still find the movie terrifying. For me, the most interesting fact, is that in 1973 movie effects were not advanced like nowadays.

In one particular scene of the movie, we can see the room where Linda Blair was, completely "frozen". The effect was achieved by refrigerating the bedroom with four air conditioners. The temperatures would plunge to around 30 to 40 degrees bellow zero.







A lot more happened behind the scenes and some say the movie cast was cursed. During the movie production, a lot of bad things happened. Coincidence or not, here are some creepy things listed by the crew:


  • During filming, Ellen Burstyn (she played the role of Reagan's mother), suffered a real injury when she's thrown to the ground by Reagan. This take was used in the film, and the scream we hear is completely genuine.
  • The actors Jack MacGowran, and Vasiliki Maliaros both died while the film was in post-production. Weird right? The weirdest part is that they actually died in the film as well.
  • Linda Blair’s grandfather and Max Von Sydow’s brother, also died the first day the movie started being filmed.
  • Another tragedy happen in 1987: The actress Mercedes McCambridge, that played the demonic voice of Pazuzu was the victim of a terrible tragedy when her son murdered his wife and children. He then took his own life.
  • During one of the possession scenes, Linda was thrown out of bed when a piece of rigging broke, causing her to injure her back.
  • Many others, during the movie premiere claimed to hear a horrific demonic cry, coming from outside. This happened once the film started rolling.


The movie is still considered to be one of the best horror movies ever made to this day and many horror enthusiasts like me, still love to watch it to this day.




What do you think of this creepy facts? I sure think it's weird!

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