The Margos get a little spooky before the holiday season with the 1971 novelThe Exorcistwritten by the very interestingWilliam Peter Blatty. Based on atrue-ishstory about a boy possessed by a demon in the 1950s Blatty changed some of the key details to create this fiction classic.
DirectorWilliam Friedkinin 1973 just came off an incredible spate of box office successes including 1971’sThe French Connectiongiving him an Academy Award for Best Director.The Exorcistbecame the biggest financial success of his career but turned out to be something of a curse as well.
The hosts read the book, watched the movie and decide which they like better in this episode. Plus, they talk about trivia about the book and movie.
In this episode they discuss:
The backstory of the “real” exorcism from the 1950s
Author William Peter Blatty’s writing process
The story behind the major casting choices
How some of the more famous scenes were created
The supposed “Exorcist” curse.
Original TV Trailer
Chris(Ellen Burstyn) speaks to doctors
Fathers Karas (Jason Miller) and Merrin (Max von Sydow)cast out the demon