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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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Mark Kermode
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Kermode ... Himself - Presenter
Ellen Burstyn ... Herself - 'Chris MacNeil'
William O'Malley ... Himself - 'Fr. Dyer' (as Fr. William O'Malley)
William Friedkin ... Himself - Director
Max von Sydow ... Himself / Father Merrin
Linda Blair ... Herself - 'Regan MacNeil'
William Peter Blatty ... Himself - Author & Producer
Thomas Bermingham Thomas Bermingham ... Himself - Technical Advisor (as Fr. Thomas Bermingham)
Jason Miller ... Himself / Father Karras
Terence A. Donnelly ... Himself - Assistant Director (as Terence Donnelly)
Bill Malley Bill Malley ... Himself - Production Designer
Joe Hyams Joe Hyams ... Himself - Publicist
Marcel Vercoutere Marcel Vercoutere ... Himself - Special Effects
Owen Roizman ... Himself - Director of Photography
Dick Smith ... 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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El temor de Dios: 25 años de 'El exorcista' See more »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

(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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Alternate Versions

Only the version included on the US-DVD and the UK-VHS version of "The Exorcist" (1973) are 74 Minutes long. The version on the UK-DVD only runs for 52 minutes. See more »

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Featured in Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: Horror (2018) See more »

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If you liked the movie, this is essential
11 June 2001 | by CwaraujoSee all my reviews

If you liked "The Exorcist", you must see this documentary. I would probably say that "Fear of God" is scarier than the movie. The way that the film was produced, the deaths during the production, the spider scene (cut of the original version) and how William Friedkin made the movie, all these facts make this documentary one of the best ever made. The interviews with the cast are scarier. In this documentary we can see that the director was going crazy - we can see that because he used fire guns to make the perfect scene! And we can also see how the hell one man made a innocent girl (Linda Blair) turn into the devil with some make-up. Congratulations to all the crew and the cast: you just have made one of the best movies I ever seen, and one of the best documentaries ever made by a human being.


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