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

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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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    We Actually See The Demon Early On

    There are plenty of blink-and-you'll miss it appearances of the demon's true face before it reveals itself in Regan. Images of the face are superimposed over objects and scenes and there are fraction-of-a-second cutaways to it throughout the film.

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    There's A Hidden Biblical Reference On The Stairs

    When Father Karras falls down the stairs in this scene, you can see the words "Fight Pigs" graffitied to the left of the staircase. This references a Bible story in the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus exorcises demons into a herd of pigs, just as Karras exorcised the demon into himself. The pigs then run down a hill to their death in the same way Karras goes down the stairs to his death.

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    The Dummy Can Breathe

    During the 360° head turning scene, the fake special effects head's "breath" is visible, just like the actors' - a small detail added to make the dummy look more realistic. 

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    Regan's Real Mother Makes An Appearance

    The nurse who comes into Dr. Taney's office after Regan takes an arteriogram is Linda Blair's real life mother. 

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