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Haunted Movie Sets: The Exorcist (1973)

For the second installment in the series, we bring you a hair-raising film that brought sleepless nights and nightmares to many. Halloween is just a few weeks away, but prepare to get a big scare as we revisit "The Exorcist," and the alleged true tales of terror behind it.

You know that a horror movie is successful and hands-down terrifying when the title alone sends a chill down your spine. For many people (including myself), reading or hearing “The Exorcist” alone is enough to make them conjure the movie’s most notorious scenes (that reportedly made people faint, vomit, and walk out of the movie house). It was one of the most notable thrillers of its time, successful enough to establish a cult status and warrant several sequels and prequels.

Gee, thanks, Linda. Movie poster signed by the film’s lead star, Linda Blair. Photo via American Memorabilia

The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin, was adapted from the 1971 novel of the same title written by William Peter Blatty. The story of a young girl’s demonic possession and her mother’s desperation to get her back from the clutches of evil was actually based from a real exorcism case.

But, very much like the Poltergeist Trilogy, the 1973 horror flick was surrounded by many real-life tales of terror. According to stories and urban legends, the so-called “Curse of the Exorcist” manifested itself in many ominous events, among them:

1. Deaths of nine people associated to the film’s cast and crew;

2. A mysterious fire ravaged the set while no one was around, causing a 6-week delay of the filming. ;

3. Mental breakdown of lead star Linda Blair;

4. During a scene where she was thrashed around on the bed, Linda Blair’s harness broke, causing permanent injury to her spine.

Instead of photos from the movie set, we’re giving you something a bit more interesting: not one, but two behind the scenes footages from The Exorcist!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the articles featured in the Haunted Movie Sets series!

So, what do you think? Are these merely unfortunate coincidences or was the movie genuinely haunted? Tell us with a comment below!

Sources and additional readings:
The Exorcist (film) — Wikipedia
Curse of the Exorcist — Hubpages
The Curse of the Exorcist — Profiling the Unexplained
25 Fascinating Facts About The Exorcist — Listverse
The Exorcist — Bloody Disgusting

written by plasticpopsicle

3 comments

  1. superlighter

    superlighter

    this movie really scared me at the time, I remember that I went to see the film for 6 consecutive days, in the end my most fun was to observe the reactions of other viewers, especially young girls, I used to sit in the back row and tap my victims on their shoulders when something scary going on the screen! girls literally jumped in the air! hahaha!! I was so cruel at the time!

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  2. plasticpopsicle

    plasticpopsicle

    @superlighter That was mean, but I admit, funny too! There's a little prankster in all of us, eh?

    I remember seeing only snippets of this film in my younger days, but they still freaked me out pretty bad I kept crawling into my parents' bed in the dead of the night for a week!

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  3. coca

    coca

    for me, this is the scariest movie!

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