Jason Miller in a scene from The Exorcist.
Linda Blair, first assistant director Terrence Donnelly and 2nd AD Alan Green test out the levitating bed created by Marcel Vercouter on the set of The Exorcist.
Linda Blair chats with director William Friedkin on the set of The Exorcist.
Cinematographer Owen Roizmen checks his light meter on the set of The Exorcist, while special effects technician Marcel Vercoutere and his crew fit the rig around Linda Blair’s midriff which thrashed her around the bed to create the illusion of a demonic attack.
A previously unseen outtake from The Exorcist revealing Jason Miller’s infamous reaction to being shot in the face with a concoction of Andersen’s pea soup and oatmeal.
This is just one of ten very rare and extremely interesting behind the scenes clips that recently surfaced online, featuring never-before-seen superimposition tests, make-ups and other outtakes.
Regan’s bedroom is also noticeably different to how it appears in the film. Friedkin was unimpressed by original production designer John Robert Lloyd’s work, and quickly replaced him with Bill Malley who opted for a more monochromatic look.
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Make-up artist Dick Smith assists Linda Blair in applying the demonic contact lenses. As Blair’s eyes were sensitive to the contacts, numbing drops were required to help relieve her discomfort.
Screenwriter and producer William Peter Blatty chats with actor Max Von Sydow on the set of The Exorcist.
When I was writing the novel I thought of it as a supernatural detective story, and to this day I cannot recall having a conscious intention to terrifying anybody, which you may take, I suppose, as an admission of failure on an almost stupefying scale.
— William Peter Blatty
Linda Blair tests one of many early make-up designs by Dick Smith.
A similar look was originally approved and shot, but upon review of the dailies director William Friedkin decided to scrap the footage as he felt audiences needed to recognize Blair in order to believe what they were seeing.
October 29, 2013 - Author and screenwriter William Peter Blatty re-visits the ‘Exorcist Steps’ in Georgetown to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film.
40 years ago today, The Exorcist was unleashed upon an unsuspecting audience in New York and changed the face of horror cinema.
Director William Friedkin talks Linda Blair and Barton Heyman through the early medical examination scenes, originally cut from the ‘73 release of The Exorcist, and re-added for 2000’s The Version You’ve Never Seen.
In order to achieve a result on a film like The Exorcist, I’ve got to coordinate the efforts of these eighty-five people every morning, and every one of these people comes in with special problems and hangups, and none of them are getting paid as much as I am, and none of them will get as much credit. Yet, all of this is unspoken between us, and we come together because we love the work. These are people who contribute to movies, guys whose names you’ll never know, they’ll come up and say “why don’t we do this shot from here?” and by God, they’ll be right.
— William Friedkin
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Production stills from the aforementioned deleted scene in which Regan complains to Chris of “funny noises” in her bedroom. Despite being cut from the film, stills from this scene were used heavily in promotion for the film.