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

Updated February 11, 2021 2.4k votes 256 voters 9.3k 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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    His Shock Was Real In This Scene

    For the vomit scene, Jason Miller (Father Karras) was told to expect the liquid to hit his chest. Instead, it unexpectedly hit his face, and his look of shock and disgust in the moment is real. 

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    This Man Later Became A Convicted Criminal

    The bearded doctor's assistant who appears in this scene is played by Paul Bateson, an actual X-ray technician who was later convicted of murdering a film critic. He spent 20 years in prison for the crime, during which time he bragged about and became a suspect in the murders of six men whom he had picked up in gay bars between 1977 and '78. He was never officially charged for these murders, but they did go on to inspire the 1980 movie Cruising, which shares a director with The Exorcist.

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    The Author Of The Novel Makes A Cameo

    William Peter Blatty, the author of the novel The Exorcist is based on, makes a cameo in this scene as the concerned producer of the film Regan's mother is in. He's the one with the moustache.

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    The Demon Isn't Actually Named In The Movie

    Although the demon is named Pazuzu in both the script and the novel, the name is never actually mentioned in any cut of the film. In fact, it wasn't said on screen until the movie's sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic, came out in 1977.

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