The Real Story and Inspiration Behind The Exorcist
Inspiration for the The Exorcist, came from a story in 1949 when several newspapers printed an anonymous article about an alleged possession that required an exorcism. The source of the story is unknown, but is thought to of originated from Luther Miles Schulze, the family’s former pastor. According to one report, 48 people were eye-witness to the exorcism.
The victim, a young boy named Roland Doe (AKA Robbie), was said to have been possessed by sinister spirits, but proof of the events are unattainable. Some theorize he suffered from mental health issues or sexual abuse, others say the whole thing was fabricated. More in Wiki.
This was the story that inspired William Peter Blatty’s 1970 novel The Exorcist. The book is still in print today, over 45 years since it’s initial release, but the book isn’t the most popular material for getting closer to this incredibly terrifying story. Three years after Blatty created the novel based on these alleged events, it earned its movie adaptation, and the rest is history.
The Exorcist movie is considered by a large majority of the horror and paranormal community as the scariest movie of all time. Further more, the movie’s score is one of the eeriest themes from a movie.
Upon its release in 1973, back in the day when visual effects were limited and computer generated imagery was almost non-existent, it took fans so far out of their comfort zone that some would even faint. During screenings of the movie, there were numerous fans who suffered from fainting, depression, sickness, and anxiety. Oh, and the millions that lost sleep and became afraid of the dark.
In its day, The Exorcist was easily the most powerful and intimidating paranormal movie of its time, it probably still is, but with people being so drawn into computer generated visuals, few appreciate the film making skills of the 70s… The practical effect just can’t be imitated. During one of the possession scenes, Linda Blair actually injured her back when she is shown to be violently rocking backwards and forwards on the bed. With little technology back then, this effect was achieved by a couple of crew members in the room behind her bedroom wall who would pulled ropes that were attached to her in order to display the uncontrollable demonic movements.
If you’ve not seen The Exorcist yet, we would highly recommend picking it up
More than 40 years after its theatrical release, the movie still holds up today, at least in our opinion. What do you think of The Exorcist novel and movie, if you’ve read/seen them? Let us know in the comments below.