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Linda Blair speaks out on 'The Exorcist' curse

Posted on Thursday, 2 April, 2020 | Comment icon 5 comments

Filming for the movie didn't always go to plan. Image Credit: YouTube / SYFY WIRE
The former child actress, who starred in the iconic horror film, suffered significant real-life injuries during filming.
When it was released, the original Exorcist was so terrifying that some unsuspecting cinemagoers ended up passing out in the theater. Things didn't go much better behind the cameras either.

When shooting began in 1972, a fire tore through the set of Regan MacNiel's home, causing extensive damage. In a peculiar twist, the room used for the actual exorcism scenes escaped unscathed.

Actors Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros both died shortly after filming had wrapped and both Linda Blair and Max von Sydow suffered the loss of close family members during shooting.

Jason Miller's son nearly died in a motorcycle accident and several actors were injured onset.

One of those who suffered injury was Linda Blair herself who, during filming, had been strapped into a special contraption designed to flail her body around to make her appear possessed.

One day during filming the lacing that was designed to support her came loose, leaving her flailing around so violently that she fractured her lower spine and was left in agony.

Blair herself can be seen speaking out about the incident in the below clip from new docuseries Cursed Films which explores some of the stories behind famous movie curses.

The footage that was recorded at the time of the accident was later used in the actual film.

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Tags: Linda Blair, The Exorcist

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Seti42 on 2 April, 2020, 12:54
Here's the thing about luck (good, bad, blessings, curses): We only call it after the fact. In actuality bad and good things happen all the time, and it's mostly random. Also, when things go wrong on a movie set for a movie that doesn't involve demons or ghosts (or anything supernatural) in the film's story, no one says the film is cursed. It's just an accident then. Human minds try so hard to apply patterns and 'reasoning' to the randomness of the universe. This is how we get our beliefs. Everything from religion to synchronicity come from us imposing order on chaos.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Festina on 2 April, 2020, 22:45
Occupational hazards.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 2 April, 2020, 23:58
You would think that given all the prayers and rites performed on film were genuine, it would be the LEAST cursed film set going.
Comment icon #4 Posted by onlookerofmayhem on 3 April, 2020, 0:08
Comment icon #5 Posted by _Only on 19 April, 2020, 10:04
That's not all that accurate as far as Hollywood goes: People thinking movie productions being cursed is a fairly equal opportunity setting. 

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