20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Exorcist

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Popularly regarded as the scariest movie ever made, The Exorcist first spooked theaters on December 26, 1973. That’s forty years ago today: four complete decades of Linda Blair as little Regan, Fathers Merrin and Karras waging heavenly warfare, Pazuzu, Captain Howdy, the spinning head, the projectile pea soup, and “The power of Christ compels you!”

It’s also an indication that, given The Exorcist’s Yuletide release date, big studio Christmas movies were a lot cooler and/or freakier back then.

So while there is much to ponder about the impact and effects of The Exorcist, join us in celebrating its anniversary with a round-up of facts, figures, and occasional fright tale regarding Hollywood’s all-time horror high point.

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