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
Herself - 'Chris MacNeil'
Himself - 'Fr. Dyer' (as Fr. William O'Malley)
Himself - Director
Himself - 'Fr. Merrin'
Herself - 'Regan MacNeil'
Himself - Author & Producer
Thomas Bermingham ...
Himself - Technical Advisor (as Fr. Thomas Bermingham)
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
Himself - Make-Up Artist


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 <>

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El temor de Dios: 25 años de 'El exorcista'  »

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


(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 »


[first lines]
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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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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God! So, that's what they went through to make this movie?
23 August 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

It kills me to know what these actors had to put up with. And the excellent special effects. So, people, it wasn't strings that held the bed, it was a machine to those who think it's cheesy. It's disturbing, it's freighting, and just fantastic. The Exorcist, it's more then a scary movie, it's a master piece of history. And anyone who says it's funny or boring, look at again and not as the scariest movie of all time. Just think for a few minutes after the movie. Because you know for a fact that other horror movies have copied so badly off of this film. And it would not be named #1 scariest movie of all time for nothing. And if you watch this making of the exorcist, you'll relize that you were very harsh on the film.


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