Eileen Dietz in a scene from The Exorcist.

Eileen Dietz in a scene from The Exorcist.

16 July, 2014 891 notes

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 69 notes
Original painting by Basil Gogos for the cover of Famous Monsters of Filmland, issue #111.

Original painting by Basil Gogos for the cover of Famous Monsters of Filmland, issue #111.

14 July, 2014 535 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.

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 69 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".

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 222 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 60 notes
Linda Blair poses for the camera during the filming of an alternate version of the spiderwalk scene.

Linda Blair poses for the camera during the filming of an alternate version of the spiderwalk scene.

19 May, 2014 659 notes
"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

"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
Jason Miller in a scene from The Exorcist.

Jason Miller in a scene from The Exorcist.

9 April, 2014 89 notes
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