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Small Details And Trivia In 'The Exorcist' That Left Our Heads Spinning

Updated February 11, 2021 2.5k votes 251 voters 9.0k views16 items

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1973's The Exorcist is widely considered to be one of the scariest movies of all time. From Linda Blair's Oscar-nominated performance to the eerieness of it being inspired by a true story, there are many things about it that strike fear into the hearts of its viewers. Even the film's production was pretty freaky, with plenty of wild stories coming out from behind the scenes.

As for the action on-screen, there are enough hidden details in The Exorcist to warrant it more than just one watch-through. There's also lots of fun The Exorcist trivia to learn about. So read on to see what those details are, and don't forget to vote up your favorite ones!

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    Max Von Sydow Was Younger Than He Looked

    Max Von Sydow plays an elderly priest (Father Merrin) in the film. Although he was only 44 at the time, make-up artist Dick Smith managed to make him look much older with three to four hours worth of makeup application. The look was achieved using dried, wrinkled liquid latex and copious amounts of stipple.

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    A Real Priest Was On Set

    Father Dyer is played by William O'Malley, an actual priest who, until 2012, taught at Fordham Prep, a Jesuit high school.

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    There Are Creepy Messages In The Background

    In the scene in the language lab, a white banner is hung over the doorway with the word TASUKETE! written in red on it. Tasukete means "Help me" in Japanese. The phrase "help me" also later appears scarred on Regan's stomach.

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    Regan's Face Is Trapped Beneath The Demon's

    In a split second when Regan tilts her head, you can see her face split in two. On the left side is the face of a scared little girl, on the right is the true face of the demon possessing her. 

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