The Exorcist (1973)

House of Horrors presents The Exorcist

 

 

 

 

WARNING   **This page is possessed**

This Exorcist page is possessed. I decided that since this is probably my most popular page (I get the most e-mails from people regarding this movie, thanks and keep them coming), that I should update it with some new pictures and sounds. So during the last week or so, I have been getting all the stuff together to do a major update to The Exorcist page.

I decided that Christmas day would be the perfect time since it marked the beginning of the 25th anniversary of the movies’ release (it was released on December 26, 1973). So I began to work my ass off because I wanted everything to go just right and since you are reading this, I guess I succeeded, but it wasn’t easy.

Here’s what happened, I began Snappy images off the new Warner Brother DVD (excellent, widescreen edition, a big thumb ups to WB) and I got a ton of pictures, but the next day….they were gone. I started thinking to myself, my computer must be fucked up so I decided to Snappy some images from “An American Werewolf in London” and presto chango, they came out perfect.

I decided to try The Exorcist again. Spending hours I got all the pictures again. Alright, finally ready to go, wrong….they disappeared again. Now I was really pissed. Maybe someone is trying to tell me not to update this page, but I stay persistent and finally get the images.

I started to put the pages back together and I think it looks great, well…at least I hope so. On Christmas day, I began to upload my update and all seems to be going well, but then my computer locks up. After hours of reloading all my internet software, I started the upload again and everything seems to have gone alright. Let me know if there are any problems with the new pages and if they were worth the time. I think they are and maybe the next time I do an update to this page I will get a priest to bless my computer.

Enjoy!!!!

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist (1973) Rating:

  • Dylan = 10 / 10;
  • Eloise = 9 / 10;
  • Raoul = 10 / 10;
  • Ronan = 9 / 10
  • Simina = 10 / 10;
  • Andrew = 10 / 10.

The Exorcist (1973) Synopsis:

This is by far the scariest movie I have ever watched. I have gotten quite a few e-mails from fans that say they laughed at “The Exorcist”. Laughed???? Not me, because I kinda believe in all that stuff. This is not to say that I am a religious freak, because I am far from that, but rather that I do believe in an ultimate evil. Whether that be the devil or Michael Jackson, I can’t say for sure.

My first memories of “The Exorcist” came the first time my parents left me home while on vacation. First off, I lived in a very creepy house that at one time was the town funeral home. Second, as I said earlier I really believe in this shit. It was late at night and I saw that “The Exorcist” was on HBO, so I decided to watch it. BIG MISTAKE!!! (well not really, but that night I thought so)

After the movie was over I went through the house turning on every light and doing my best Father Karras imitation, hoping to cast out any evil spirits that were there. As you can imagine, I didn’t sleep a wink that night. It was kind of exciting to be that damn scared. Now, that’s what I love to see in a movie. One that’s so good that you start to believe in it. I must say I did start attending church every Sunday over the next couple of weeks, well at least to the message began to bore me.

I didn’t much care for “Exorcist II”, but really enjoyed part III. I would definitely put it in my list of Top 50 horror film, and may someday add it to this site. The fourth installment is now in production, actually a prequel to “The Exorcist” about Father Merrin’s first encounter with the demons of Hell. Again, anything that you can add to this page, please e-mail. If I offend anyone with my religious comments, I’ll see you in HELL!!!!

The Exorcist (1973) Story:

The Exorcist StoryThe film begins in Iraq where we are introduced to Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow). While on an archeological dig, he feels the call of battle. It seems the dark lord wants a rematch (see “Exorcist II: The Heretic” for more info on their past encounters). But where will this battle take place???

Little Regan (Linda Blair) seems to have a new friend, Captain Howdy (aka “Satan’s Minions“)and he doesn’t want to play nice. Strange things are a mist at the McNeil household. After a battery of very painful test and being labeled a complete lunatic, they realize that Regan isn’t quite herself. When all else fails to turn to the church, right???

That when a priest (Jason Miller), who at the time is questioning his own faith, is called in to do battle with the demons of Hell. He is joined later by Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow), a seasoned pro when it comes to sparring with Beelzebub. Holy water and green puke fly from every imaginable angle as this battle of good and evil rages. At the end who is the real winner? E-mail me.

A great movie that makes us all question our faithful or faithless lives. Great effects (legendary green puke, spinning head, etc) ala Dick Smith and a very eerie atmosphere. The score is outstanding. One of the best ever. Overall, one of the most complete and entrancing horror films to all time

The Exorcist (1973) Review:

The Exorcist is universally acknowledged, by both horror-fans and others, as one of the very best horror movie ever made! Hence, I don’t think there is much need here for a detailed review of how scary the movie is, or just how splendid the practical special effects are, or how the great the acting is.

Instead, let’s just ask ourselves this question: is The Exorcist a 10/10, perfect movie? Surely, the abundance of cult scenes that it contains argues for it, but it seems that our team slightly disagree on this. For the defense of my 10/10 rating, I’ll just use one argument – one that you can listen – so just close your eyes, press play below, and feel the chill that invades you immediately.

The Exorcist Frightful Facts

  • Nominated for 10 Academy Awards (Won for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound) and 4 Golden Globes (Won Best Director, Best Film, Best Sound, and Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair).
  • Opened on December 26th, 1973.
  • It caused widespread hysteria when released. Reports of fainting, people being institutionalized, and at least one miscarriage.
  • Banned on video in Finland.
  • The Exorcist has been re-classified in the UK. The uncut version is now available in the UK.
  • Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine were approached to play the role of Chris McNeil
  • Jack Nicholson was up for the part of Father Karras, before Jason Miller landed the role.
  • Dana Plato (from Different Strokes) was supposedly offered the role of Regan.
  • Mercedes McCambridge sued Warner Bros. because she didn’t receive credit in the film for the demonic voice.
  • Eileen Dietz played Linda Blair’s double. She did all the controversial sexual scenes (i.e. Lick me, Let Jesus, crotch grabbing, etc).
  • The flying puke was actually animated in the film. Dick Smith had made a device to use for the scene, but Friedkin didn’t think it looked real enough. This device was used in one scene where the puke oozes out on Father Merrin’s collar
  • Grossed over $165M in the theaters in the US and $90M on video. One of the most successful horror films of all time.
  • Warner Home Video has released THE EXORCIST 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION. The video SE includes the film in the clamshell box, a 52-page book on The Exorcist, Soundtrack (without Tubular Bells”) with unreleased music from the film, 8 lobby cards, and an 8 1/2 X 10″ film still. The price about $49.95. Includes a 30 minutes documentary with deleted scenes and 3 trailers.
  • Warner Home Video has just put out a “25th Anniversary Special Edition” for William Friedkin’s The Exorcist on DVD and laserdisc. The DVD (and I think the laserdisc contains the same) contain an introduction by Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin, as well as “The Fear of God: The Making of The Exorcist”.  This expanded 75-minute featurette is a new documentary produced by the BBC specifically for the film’s 25th-anniversary edition, featuring more than 11 minutes of never-before-seen footage.
  • This version of the documentary will be available on DVD only! It also contains new Interviews with Friedkin and best- selling author William Peter Blatty, as well as, new interviews with the film’s stars. To round this package up, the disc will also contain additional trailers and TV Spots as well as running length commentary tracks. The new “25th Anniversary Special Edition” DVD will clock in at approximately 220 minutes. “The Exorcist” is supposedly based on a true story. The Discovery Channel had an excellent documentary on it called “In the Grip of Evil”. I saw it and now I am twice as scared. Now available at Amazon.com.
  • Supposedly an Exorcist mini-series and series are in development.
  • Check out the Washington Post’s articles on “The Exorcist”click here.
  • The prequel is in pre-production. More news coming soon!!!!!
  • Check here to go to the Warner Bros. webpage and view the original trailer.
  • Nine people died during the making of “The Exorcist“. Most notably, Jack MacGowran (Burke Dennings).
  • The set for “The Exorcist” burn down during production delaying the film for 6 weeks.
  • Check out The Exorcist statue in “The Wishmaster

The Exorcist Fan Talk:

David Brown, DrDave@POBoxes.com

RE: Driven to Father Buckman

No movie has ever come close to creating the personal terror I felt after seeing — and becoming obsessed with — The Exorcist.

I was only three years old when the film was released in theaters, so the first time I saw it was when it was broadcast on network television. I can’t remember exactly how old I was, exactly, but I must have been around eight or ten. The memories of that first viewing are surprisingly vague, actually.

The one moment I remember is when Regan sits up and growls, “Keep away! The sow is mine!” I remember it because my mom looked over at me and asked, “Are you going to be okay?” That, in itself, stunned me a bit because I’d never been prone to nightmares, nor had I scared very easily.

But that was about to change. At the time, I was a fairly devout Catholic boy, going to catechism classes every Saturday. I had night after night of nightmares, dreaming that Pazuzu had left Karras after his death and was coming after me.

That is when I could get to sleep at all, which was quite a task in itself. Every little sound, every creak in the house, became a telltale sign that the demon was there, watching, waiting for a ripe moment to attack.

After about ten days of this, waking up screaming and drenched in sweat, I called out for my mom and told her that I needed to see my favorite priest, Father Buckman. I didn’t know what I’d say, or how I’d say it, but I just *had* to see him before I lost my sanity altogether.

She refused to take me to see him for a special visit, but I managed to visit with him briefly one Sunday after mass. He did his best to convince me that what I’d seen was simply a Hollywood exaggeration of the reality and that I was in no danger of becoming possessed, but it fell on deaf ears.

Suddenly, it seemed to hit him that there was only one way to put me at ease, and he gave me a personal blessing. That helped immensely, and though I was still wary for years, you could say that Father Buckman exorcized my fears.

Years later, I was rummaging around in a bookshelf at home and came across the paperback edition of William Peter Blatty’s original novel. Though I was too old (and rapidly losing faith in Catholicism) to become afraid that I could actually be possessed, I read and became obsessed with the book.

For those of you who haven’t taken the time to read it, I strongly suggest that you do — it’s even more powerful than the film if you can believe that. I read it many times over, simply unable to put it down.

One day, I came home from school and couldn’t find the book. I asked my mother about it, and she said she hadn’t seen it, then asked why I’d want to read the same old thing over again. I never found the book, and my mom denies ever hiding it or throwing it away to this day.

I can imagine plenty of reasons for her to tell me a “little white lie” back then if she’d finally thrown the book out, but there’d be no reason for her to keep up that pretense today. Everyone else in the family similarly denied seeing or discarding the book, and its disappearance remains a mystery to me.

So, salutations to all who have been profoundly frightened or disturbed by the book or the film. We share a common emotional experience. It’s this impact, this ability to truly *involve* you, that makes The Exorcist a standout and a classic in its genre.

May the Power of Christ compel you,

thank you, David

Ginger Pfeil, Pfeil98@webtv.net

RE: The Exorcist

I am 24 years old and I probably saw the movie when I was around 10 years old – at a friends house where I wasn’t supposed to be. My mother knew how weak I was with horror movies, so she kept a close eye on what I watched. Needless to say, the movie ruined me to this day. I had recurring nightmares for years after and could not hear the creepy “Tubular Bells” anywhere without totally freaking out.

Once I was watching “Charlies Angels” and Mercedes McCambridge was a guest star. Well, I had no idea who she was – until I heard her! It was THE voice, and I could not stand it. It penetrated through me like a knife. I had to share a room with my mother up until the age of 18 and it still didn’t help.

I would end up in bed with her quite often because every time I closed my eyes, I would hear the music and see Regan’s head going around. I could not shake it. When I was 16, we went to LA and went to the Movieland Wax Museum. It had a chamber of horrors and I reluctantly went in. It had the usual Dracula, Frankenstein and such and I was enjoying it. But then, the exhibits started to get more modern like Freddy and Jason and Tex.

Chainsaw and I started to get a very uneasy quiver in my gut. I already knew what was ahead, but could not turn back. As I turned a corner there was a shower stall with Anthony Perkins popping out at you, which made me laugh and I felt better. Then, to the next right was a bedroom scene and the wind blowing and furniture moving and “Tubular bells” and there she was glaring at me with those awful eyes and then to my horror, her head turned completely around and I was never so completely and utterly terrified in all of my life.

I’m surprised I didn’t pee myself and “die up there”. Granted, it was a wax imitation and it didn’t look EXACTLY like her, but to be in a room with the representation of everything that ever horrified you – I believed it was evil and I ran out of there.

Now that I am married, I have forced my self to watch it in daylight to learn to cope with the sight of her, because I know my man will be right there beside me if my mind starts to wander. But after reading all of this info on your sight, I realize that I was not alone in the terror-filled childhood I faced for so many years. Maybe I have finally “cast her out”. Thank You

Ginger

Stuart, peskett@dircon.co.uk

RE: Feelings on The Exorcist

I have seen this incredibly tense, stomach-twisting film twice, once in the cinema, then on video. I think one of its most compelling attributes is the fact that it has been hyped so much, but when you do go and see it, it IS everything you thought it would be. Claustrophobic, atmospheric, uncomfortable, grimy, there are so many adjectives one could use.

The feeling which struck me the most is how religious people would react to the film. Although not religious myself, I can only begin to imagine how a deeply religious person would view the film, the way it challenges deeply-rooted beliefs and faith.

Who wins, good or evil? Well, the devil does not take Regan, but the priest doesn’t banish the devil either – he only passes it onto himself, then kills himself as a last resort. So who wins? And what is to stop the devil from picking another victim and causing more death?

And what makes it such a scary film? Is it the fact that the devil could possess anyone, so no-one is safe and has control over their lives? Or is it that the film takes religion and shows how easily it can be rendered powerless?

All I do know is that The Exorcist is easily the scariest film I have ever seen, and I defy anyone to watch it straight through, alone, with the lights out! I dare you!

Thanks for listening,

Stu.

Alex, panf74@yahoo.com

RE: Who wins? Good or Evil?

As I read the posts on this site (excellent site by the way!), I came across a post that answered your question on who wins –either good or evil? Well, interestingly enough, the person answered her opinion and stating that good wins. Good answer. But, as “felt” from the movie, you can realize while watching it that both sides share the winnings. Otherwise, how can Goodwin without the initial catalyst of Evil?

The dark, evil (demonic if you will) content of the film sparks a debate within each of us to always check on our stance on our respective faith, especially if you’re Christian. In other words, how can Good exist within us without a reason? How can “B” exist without “A”? How can an apple exist without an apple tree? See the connection?

Personally, “The Exorcist” is by far the best horror film to date. This film gives Christianity a more pronounced existence in this world (if your personal decision is that Good wins overall) and that Good can exist within all of us. Sure, there’s the little “trauma factor” involved, but it is good.

After watching the film so many times, it feels good because I can check with my personal religion every few years…just to see where I stand and what I think. But for some reason, I always have a different view on the film and its meaning every time I watch it.

Alex

Wayne Tapia, Ashland@ashland4.com

RE: An Exorcist newbie crumbles

Hello all! I recently had the pleasure of turning a friend of mine on to the nightmare-generator of a movie that we all know and love. Probably the best part about it was the fact that he was SOOO SURE that it was going to be B-grade schlock of a horror film. He was saying things like, “Oh, how scary can it be. It was released in ’73” and “I’m sure the special effects are gonna be lousy.”

Well, by the end of the movie, he was turning on lights and telling us (in no uncertain terms) “I DON’T EVER WANT TO SEE THAT AGAIN!!!” In a word, he was petrified. HA! I’ve seen “The Exorcist” probably 100 times. It is quite possibly my favorite movie EVER. To this day, the reverse English scene still tingles my neck hairs. I can’t wait to see the “missing” scenes. I propose a toast (please raise at least a virtual glass)- Here’s to the next 25 years of being scared shitless by the same movie over and over again. (clink)

Awesome website, BTW

Wayne

Matt Bland, matthew.bland@netchannel.co.uk

RE: THE UK MISSING OUT ON THE EXORCIST.

T4: Well what can I say about this film? I first saw it on video back in 1984 before the UK changed its film censorship laws and decided to clear the shelves of superb original horror movies like this one. I was about nine years old when I first watched The Exorcist, and it scared the hell out of me but I couldn’t stop watching it. It was the first horror film I`d seen, and I loved it. Now thanks to the UK Film Censors and The Church of England, there’s a lot of disappointed fans over here who unless they own a laserdisc player or have purchased a copy of the video from the US we have to miss out on the fun.

We can watch the sequel’s which are still available here on video, which is pointless if you’ve never seen the first. The only time we can get to see the film is when cinema’s here decide to release it which is rare. I read about the special edition of The Exorcist being released but will the UK Cinemas get to see it? Mmm, I doubt it. Which is a shame? The last time I saw this masterpiece was on the cinema about five years ago, and it still sent shivers down my spine, and on satellite tv but the only problem was it being shown on a German channel in. You’ve guessed it… German. So unless the likes of TNT Movies decide to show it, we have to wait until the censor boards see sense.

Matt

Gerald Bissett, 113532.1170@compuserve.com

RE: The UK and The Exorcist

Love the site, been looking for some Exorcist pictures.. thanks.
Like Matt Bland, I`m in that country that treats us all like inmates in a kindergarten. Just to say I was fortunate enough to, having seen the Exorcist over 30 times in the cinema, rent the video enough to have watched it over 60 times at home.     One day, a while later, I thought I’d like to see it again… lo and behold… NOT AVAILABLE !!!

This wasn’t the first time this had happened. I once rented “Nightmares in a Damaged Brain”, went back to the shop two weeks later…Withdrawn. “Child’s Play” see it, want it again, oops.. banned.

I’m 41, moderately intelligent, reasonably well balanced of mind, I think I can safely decide what I can see with no chance of me being influenced to hack a young woman to pieces, eat the next door neighbors for dinner, jump out of a window, or drive through a crowd of old people struggling to cross the road and so on….

Anyway, great site, I’ll be back

Gerald 

Selene, mramos2@acad.stedwards.edu

RE: Exorcist

Hi there – I am 26 and a graduate student in Texas. I was only two when the film was originally released, but I first saw it at the age of eleven, in 1982 at a friend’s slumber party. There were ten of us girls there, with one of the girl’s mother safely nearby in her own bedroom. However, that wasn’t enough.

The ten of us squashed onto their enormous pit couch to watch what we thought would be your average slasher flick. Not so. We were genuinely terrified – (being that we were all classmates at a local Catholic school) not the giddy, slightly exciting fear you might experience while watching, say, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

This terror was genuine – every one of us was white as a sheet after the movie was done, and needless to say, not one of us slept a wink. Being “good little Catholic girls”, we were astounded at the blasphemy depicted in the film – and darkly fascinated.  Early the next morning, some of the girls dropped off to sleep.

Those of us who were still awake nervously discussed the movie in frightened, hushed voices. Could something like that really happen? The possibility that it could be very real to us. I saw the movie again about four years later, and it still terrified me the same way.

I’ve seen the movie several times more in the past few years, and while I am much more prepared to handle it, it still awakes within me a certain terror. I recently saw a program on the Discovery channel dealing with exorcism, and it made me realize that the movie wasn’t too far off track. Could this, or had this ever happened to someone in real life?

This movie scared the living daylights out of me, and even though I am grown and married, I can’t forget the stark, hot terror that flooded through me the first time I saw the movie. On the rare occasions, it is shown on cable, I am still unable to watch it alone – I have found that even with my husband and/or friends watching it with me, there are still parts of the movie where I put my hand over my eyes. It’s that disturbing.

Selene

The Exorcist Merchandise:

  • Click here to buy the video “In the Grip of Evil” at Amazon.com
  • Check out the new House of Horrors t-shirt (which features a possessed Regan ) for sale now
  • Check out Rotten Cotton’s new batch of “Exorcist” t-shirts.
  • Click Here to Buy William Peter Blatty Novel “The Exorcist” on which the film is based at Amazon.com
  • Buy the soundtrack for “The Exorcist” at Amazon.com
  • Click Here to Buy the “BFI Modern Classics The Exorcist” an excellent reference guide on the film at Amazon.com

The Exorcist (1973) Cast:

Ellen BurstynEllen BurstynChris MacNeil
Max von SydowMax von SydowFather Merrin
Lee J. CobbLee J. CobbLt. William Kinderman
Kitty WinnKitty WinnSharon
Jack MacGowranJack MacGowranBurke Dennings
Jason MillerJason MillerFather Karras
Linda BlairLinda BlairRegan
William O'MalleyWilliam O’MalleyFather Dyer (as Reverend William O’Malley S.J.)
Barton HeymanBarton HeymanDr. Klein
Peter MastersonPeter MastersonDr. Barringer – Clinic Director (as Pete Masterson)
Rudolf SchündlerRudolf SchündlerKarl
Gina PetrushkaGina PetrushkaWilli
Robert SymondsRobert SymondsDr. Taney
Arthur StorchArthur StorchPsychiatrist
Thomas BerminghamThomas BerminghamTom – President of University (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham S.J.)