The Story Behind The Exorcist

Some hard working reporter (Mark Opsasnick) took the time to track down the story behind the book/movie The Exorcist. It’s a pretty interesting read, and a good lesson on how the human imagination can really twist a story to pieces:
The Haunted Boy

The Exorcist is still my favorite supernatural thriller, though I think a few people (especially clergy) seem to take it a bit too seriously. A few years ago a friend of mine was attending a Catholic seminary school in the area and he was told by the priests at the school that the Exorcist was entirely true except for two parts:

  1. It was a little boy, not a girl (so, they had that part right)
  2. In the scene where Megan’s head spins around … the little boy actually tore his own head off and held it above his body while still talking to the exorcists. That part is definitely wrong.
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2 Comments on “The Story Behind The Exorcist”


  1. Linda Blair was HOT. The movie would not have been the same with a boy.

    As for it being “Entirely true” ?? Given that Catholic priests aare supernaturally deluded shaman who disseminate supernatural fable for a living, I not surprised they pronounced it “entirely true.”

    I wonder if they ever used a threat of exorcism to gain the sexual favors of their young charges. Wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  2. Victor Says:

    Of course they thought it was true, the exorcism works in the movie! Talk about verification of beliefs.


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