"Probably the most enlightening thing would be to see the screen test of Linda, and then see the exact scene as it will appear in the film. When Billy [Friedkin] said he liked her test, I was in shock. I mean she was doing elocution lessons and it was just so acted. I said to myself, ‘Oh, no!’ But, by the time we were into rehearsals, this kid was terrific. You know, it was just like talking to my own kid - so natural. I said to myself, ‘Now wait a minute, how did this happen?’"
— Ellen Burstyn
7 May, 2014 • 57 notes
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.
3 April, 2014 • 1,441 notes
Special effects technician Marcel Vercoutere and his crew fit the rig around Linda Blair’s midriff which thrashed her around the bed in order to create the illusion of a demonic attack, while cinematographer Owen Roizmen can be seen checking his light meter on the set of The Exorcist.
27 March, 2014 • 145 notes
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.
Watch them all exclusively on our YouTube channel here.
23 March, 2014 • 61 notes
Make-up artist Dick Smith assists Linda Blair in applying the demonic contact lenses on the set of The Exorcist. As Blair’s eyes were sensitive to the contacts, numbing drops were required to help relieve her discomfort.
19 March, 2014 • 7,881 notes
Author, screenwriter and producer William Peter Blatty chats with actor Max Von Sydow on the set of The Exorcist.
8 February, 2014 • 36 notes
"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."
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.
8 January, 2014 • 374 notes