Fun Facts About ‘The Exorcist’ On Its Fortieth Anniversary

MV5BNzYwMDA0NTA3M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDcwNDY3Mg@@._V1_SX640_SY720_I never found The Exorcist to be particularly scary, but I do respect it as the iconic film that it is. One cannot underestimate its genre-defining influence in modern horror, and it still terrifies audiences to this day. Mental Floss offers twenty fun facts about the film, among them these nuggets:

4. MERCEDES MCCAMBRIDGE PROVIDED THE VOICE OF THE DEMON.

The woman Orson Welles once dubbed “the world’s greatest living radio actress” was hired to provide the voice for Linda Blair’s most demonic moments, a decision that became the source of much controversy when McCambridge was not credited for her performance. Some say that this decision was solely McCambridge’s, who claimed that she didn’t want to take away from Blair’s performance, then later changed her mind. Under the threat of legal action, her name was quickly added to the credits.

5. MCCAMBRIDGE ADOPTED A VERY SPECIFIC DIET TO ACHIEVE THAT RASPINESS.

Sounding like a demon has its downsides. In the case of McCambridge, she believed that chain smoking and a diet of raw eggs and whiskey were the key to a great vocal performance.

Incidentally, if you’re fascinated by the Catholic Church’s real exorcists, then you may enjoy The Exorcist in the 21st Century.

  • Juan

    Man, as a kid, that movie scared the shit outta me.

    • echar

      Aparantly, this film was so disturbing to some people (namely religious zealots) that Linda Blair got death threats. Also, a person I worked with told me how his father was sued because during a slumber party, the film was showed. One of the female youths was so disturbed they whined to their parents.

      I scoff at this, because my friend and I would laugh during films like this.

  • http://disinfo.com/ Majestic

    Disinfonauts might also want to check out The Exorcist in the 21st Century

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  • Tchoutoye

    Wasn’t Blatty military intelligence? I recall some theory that the book was written as a psy-op.

  • echar

    I didn’t know how disturbing, lewd, and blasphemous this film is until rewatching as an adult.

  • erte4wt4etrg

    They sure scared easier back then

  • http://www.naildesignsite.com/ John Locke

    The sequences can’t compare with the original one. Just like Friday 13th part one and two when mom was doing the killing and Jason avenged his mother’s death. The rest of them was just getting on my nerves, I mean how many ways can you kill a person before they’re dead sicken. I thought Jason would never die, he’s more problem then Satan. Once Satan was defeated he showed up in Jason and just wouldn’t stop. The Omen ended but Jason damn!

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