"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 Burstyn7 May, 2014 • 57 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.
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"Really brilliant" - William Friedkin
THE EXORCIST is an Oscar-winning psychological horror and drama directed by William Friedkin, written and produced by William Peter Blatty, adapted from his best-selling novel, and inspired by true events.
The film follows actress Chris MacNeil and her 12-year-old daughter Regan, who begins to exhibit an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Chris becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith after the recent passing of his mother.
Released in the US on December 26, 1973, The Exorcist electrified a generation of moviegoers who lined up for hours on end to see the film, only to run back out again due to its shocking and controversial scenes. The film struck a nerve with the unsuspecting public, and divided critics, going where no film had dared to go before.
After 40 celebrated years and countless sequels, prequels, parodies, and rip-offs, it remains just as chilling and effective as it was when it first premiered, continuously topping the annual ‘Scariest Movies of All Time’ lists and - when adjusted for inflation - is still one of the highest grossing horror films of all time.
BEHIND THE EXORCIST takes you beyond the confines of Regan’s bedroom and reveals the mechanics behind one of the most influential films of all time; from the blood, sweat and tears that went into achieving the ground-breaking special effects, to the mass hysteria and impact the film had, and continues to have, on audiences and popular culture.
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