Make-up artist Dick Smith, assisted by hair stylist Bill Farley, fits the vomiting apparatus on actress Eileen Dietz on the set of The Exorcist.
Smith’s apparatus was created using a heat-forming plastic molded into flat tubes, which connected through a pipe leading into Dietz’s mouth. The tubing was then hidden under a partial latex mask appliance.
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Behind the scenes photos from the filming of the the crucifix abuse scene on the set of The Exorcist. Linda Blair’s head-spinning dummy double sits in position, while director William Friedkin’s album of continuity polaroids can be spotted on the right side table.
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The Exorcist sparked an outcry of controversy from religious groups during its original theatrical run in 1973/4. While many lauded its strong message of faith; others interpreted the film’s unrelenting portrayal of evil as exploitative and pornographic. Christian evangelist Billy Graham even went as far as to publicly denounce the film, insisting that there was a "power of evil in the fabric of the film itself".
Here is one example of a flyer handed out by Christian groups at a screening in the UK, warning impressionable moviegoers of the “adverse effects” the film may cause them to experience.
15 July, 2014 • 59 notes
Original painting by Basil Gogos for the cover of Famous Monsters of Filmland, issue #111.
14 July, 2014 • 118 notes
Rev. William O’Malley, who along with playing the part of Father Dyer also served as the film’s technical adviser, assists actor Jason Miller in saying Mass on the set of The Exorcist.
13 July, 2014 • 65 notes
Max Von Sydow and Linda Blair rehearse a scene from the exorcism sequence on the set of The Exorcist.
During rehearsals, all profanity was omitted from Linda’s script. When it came time to shoot the actual scenes, Max was so surprised by the foul language coming from the 13-year-old’s mouth, he broke character and called "cut".
12 July, 2014 • 148 notes
A series of six photographs documenting stunt performer Chuck Waters’ leap down the “Exorcist Steps” located on the corner of Prospect and M Street in Georgetown, Washington DC.
In order to safely achieve the stunt, which was only shot in two takes, special effects technician Marcel Vercoutere lined all 75 steps with a thin rubber to cushion the fall. A bag of fake blood was then taped under the back of Waters’ sweater, which Vercoutere would quickly puncture before the jump so that the blood would pour out as Waters tumbled to the bottom of the street.
When queried by actor Jason Miller, whom Waters was doubling for, on how he was able to do it, Waters responded with "Zen. A complete and utter non-resistance. My body becomes totally relaxed."
Meanwhile, sneaky nearby residents would charge curious onlookers $5 each for a special view of the action from their rooftops.
11 July, 2014 • 57 notes