Ep. 01-22: The Exorcist (1973)

Episode 22 – The Exorcist

One of the most profitable horror movies of all time, this story of an exorcism is based on actual events. Young Regan (Linda Blair) is acting odd — swearing, levitating, speaking in tongues… Her mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help to no avail. A local priest (Jason Miller) thinks the girl may be possessed by the devil. He requests to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

45 years later, this movie stills packs one helluva punch. Join Tim and David as they discuss the history of the film… from novel to celluloid, casting, and keys. What is it about this frightening tale of a little girl in Georgetown that resonates with us still? Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys opens that closed door at the end of the frigid hallway and seeks to decipher the reasons behind the popularity and longevity of this story of ancient evil. Welcome to… The Exorcist.

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