Surprising Facts About ‘The Exorcist’

Surprising Facts About ‘The Exorcist’
Surprising Facts About ‘The Exorcist’
  • Since “The Exorcist” was released in 1973, the film has been considered one of the scariest of all time.
  • The film is based on a novel of the same name that catalogs the actual events of an exorcism in 1949.
  • Mercedes McCambridge, who voiced the demon that haunted Regan, relied on a diet of raw eggs, whiskey, and cigarettes to get the croaking voice for the role.
  • “The Exorcist” could have turned out very differently if Stanley Kubrick had accepted an offer to direct the film.
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When “The Exorcist” was released in 1973, it launched horror in a whole new direction and remains one of the most exciting and scary films of the genre.

The film tells the terrible story of the exorcism of 12-year-old Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair). When Regan experiences incredible night terrors – floating, getting wounds, speaking in a low demonic voice, super strong – her mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help. If this proves unsuccessful, Father Karras (Jason Miller), a local priest, believes she is possessed by the devil. With the help of Father Merrin (Max Van Sydow) the two carry out an exorcism and try to save the young girl.

As with any movie, there are movie magic tricks, behind-the-scenes stories, and Easter eggs that you may not have caught in the movie. Here are 15 Surprising and Interesting Facts You May Not Know About The Exorcist.

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