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7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Exorcist


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The Exorcist is one of the most beloved horror movies of all time, but how much do you really know about ’73 classic?

7. Jane Fonda Was Supposed to Play the Mother

She turned down the role in spectacular fashion, sending a telegram to the studio reading “Why would anyone want to make this piece of capitalist rip-off bullshit?”


6. The Original Victim Was a Boy

William Peter Blatty’s original novel was based on a bizarre true story from 1949 where an unnamed Washington D.C. boy was allegedly taken over by a demon.


5. Father Merrin’s Makeup Took Longer Than Regan’s

It took makeup master Dick Smith and crew three hours a day to turn Linda Blair into her demonic form, but the old age makeup on Max von Sydow took four hours.


4. The Sound Guy’s Girlfriend Deserves an Oscar

Audio wildman Jack Nitzsche would go to the ends of the earth for the perfect sound, and he got Regan’s pained howls by jumping on his sleeping girlfriend’s back – knees first!


3. The Subway Drunk Was Really Drunk

The homeless man who asks Father Karras for money was a real New York indigent named Vinny Russell, who showed up to the set plastered to do his scene.


2. William Friedkin Slapped a Priest

Friedkin cast an actual Jesuit priest in the role of Father Dyer, but when the untrained actor couldn’t nail his scene, the director took him to the side, said “I love you” then slapped him in the face!


1. The Iraqi Government Wanted to Learn How to Make Fake Blood

The prologue to The Exorcist was shot in Iraq, which the United States had no diplomatic relations with at the time. The government’s demands to the film crew were that they teach Iraqis filmmaking techniques, most notably how to create good-looking cinematic blood.


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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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