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The Fear of God: 25 Years of 'The Exorcist' (1998)

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The Exorcist (1973) became a cultural phenomenon upon its release. This making-of documentary tells the story of its creation and describes how audiences reacted to it. Interviews with cast and crew are shown.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Kermode ...
Himself - Presenter
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Herself - 'Chris MacNeil'
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Himself - 'Fr. Dyer' (as Fr. William O'Malley)
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Himself - Director
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Himself - 'Fr. Merrin'
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Herself - 'Regan MacNeil'
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Himself - Author & Producer
Thomas Bermingham ...
Himself - Technical Advisor (as Fr. Thomas Bermingham)
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Himself / Father Karras
Terence A. Donnelly ...
Himself - Assistant Director (as Terence Donnelly)
Bill Malley ...
Himself - Production Designer
Joe Hyams ...
Himself - Publicist
Marcel Vercoutere ...
Himself - Special Effects
Owen Roizman ...
Himself - Director of Photography
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Himself - Make-Up Artist
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A behind-the-scenes retrospective made for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the classic horror film, The Exorcist. Includes interviews with Linda Blair and the other stars of the film, along with commentary from the director and writer on some of the deeper meanings behind the elements they used to terrify their audiences. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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This documentary is available on The Exorcist: 25th Anniversary Edition DVD. See more »

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(at around 38 mins) Director William Friedkin is talking about creating fake breath. For a few frames, a puff of breath appears above the fingers of his right hand. See more »

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Mark Kermode: Twenty-five years ago, an extraordinary movie changed the face of modern cinema. I was eleven years old when "The Exorcist" opened in America on Boxing Day, 1973. And I can remember like yesterday the amazing reaction it caused. You couldn't open a newspaper or turn on the television without coming across some account of audiences queuing all night 'round the block just to see the film, only to dash out of the theaters, some of them straight into the nearest church.
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excellent documentary, shame about all the stuff they cut,
5 March 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I saw this documentary when it was first broadcast in the UK and was waiting with baited breath for the DVD release of "The Exorcist" with the knowledge that it was to be included as an extra feature.

Unfortunately the version included on the DVD is edited so that it no longer includes the presenter Mark Kermode or the contributions of Mercedes McCambridge. I don't see any reason why these sections were not included, in the case of Mark Kermode I feel his presence was necessary as he led the viewer through the massive back story much better than in the DVD version of the Documentary where sections seem far to patched together.

I still believe that the DVD version of the Documentary is one of the best ever but it was MUCH better when it was first broadcast.


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