The Exorcist Movie Curse

The Exorcist Movie Curse

In this article we will be taking a look at The Exorcist movie curse that was thought to have followed the William Friedkin horror blockbuster from 1974. Is there any truth behind this Hollywood curse?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Classic Horror Movie

When this blockbuster was released in the 70’s – it was dubbed as  ‘the scariest movie of all time’. In my opinion, it still looks better and packs more of a punch than more recent, modern horror hits.

I can still remember one of my relatives telling me about the time she first went to see the movie when it hit the cinemas in Bristol in the 70’s. At the time she and her partner were curious of the ambulances parked outside the cinema, and the medical workers on standby next to them.

They were surprised to discover that these medical services were actually there to support the movie’s audience…as they left the cinema in horror and panic!

Seriously – that actually happened outside numerous cinemas in the UK at the time.

The Classic Horror Movie


A Cursed Movie?

Okay, onto the so-called curse…

Well this whole topic arrived on the scene when Ellen Burstyn (she plays the mother in the movie!) started telling media outlets that “there was an enormous amount of deaths connected with the film”. In later interviews she then went on to say she believed that there were a total of nine deaths linked directly to the whole project.

The most famous of these deaths was that of Jack MacGowren – the guy who played Burke Dennings in the movie. Unfortunately he died before the movie even managed to get released. Ironically, his character in the film also dies.

It is also thought that another two ‘background actors’ died shortly after the movie project was finished. On top of this – several crew members met an untimely end!

Burstyn also claims that she nearly died on set of the movie during filming, during a freak accident involving a stunt (when Regan throws her mother across the bed using a demonic/paranormal force).

This incident actually caused Burstyn to have a nasty injury to her back, and the scream you hear in the movie is actually the real scream she let out during the fall!

Actor Jason Miller (Father Karras) and the book’s author, William Peter Blatty, were both present on the film’s set to witness some paranormal activity. Apparently the telephone used to communicate between the set and the production house rose into the air and fell to the floor right in front of them.

Many other members of the crew also reported props floating across the room on several other occasions.

A Cursed Movie?


The Exorcist Movie Curse

Things got so bad on the set of the film that it actually got to the point where a religious technical adviser named Thomas Bermingham was hounded by crew members, desperately begging him to exorcise the set. He declined, saying that an exorcism would push these crew members cleanly over the edge.

A few days later large parts of the set actually burned to the ground…and Bermingham changed his mind and did indeed bless the set.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

Do you feel that the movie had some sort of demonic curse linked to it?

Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.

The Roland Doe Possession

The Roland Doe Possession

In 1973, the whole world trembled before The Exorcist by William Friedkin. Considered as one of the scariest movies of all cinematographic history, it depicts a little girl possessed by a demon and two priests who came to exorcise her.

At the time, The Exorcist knew a planetary success the likes few movies has ever seen, to an extent where it literally redefined the supernatural-horror genre.

But many people ignore it. The exorcist is actually inspired from a true story – that of the Roland Doe Possession!

The Article

In 1949, still a student, William Peter Blatty discovers an article posted in the Washington Post about a young boy of 14, called Roland Doe, who was allegedly possessed by a demon and exorcised by the catholic church a year prior the newspaper publication.

The name “Roland Doe” is a pseudonym name given by the Catholic church to protect the real identity of the boy.

William Blatty became so fascinated by this story that it was etched in his mind for decades and in 1971, he published his book – The Exorcist.

It was an immediate best-seller. Two years later, William Friedkin put it in front of our screens as a motion picture super-hit.

Roland Doe

A year prior to the Washington Post article that immortalized this story, In 1948, Roland Doe, was an average young boy of 13 from a middle class family from Mount-Rainier, Maryland.

He was described as a calm, reserved and an introverted boy. He lived in a modest extended family, with his parents, grandmother and aunt Harriet, who, although lived in Saint-Louis, would come very frequently to visit Roland Doe.

His aunt Harriet liked to be called a medium and on her occasional spiritual sessions would use a Ouija board to communicate with the dead.

The whole shebang fascinated the young Roland, to an extent where he begged his aunt to teach him how to use the Ouija board – and she did!

occasional spiritual sessions would use a Ouija board

It was however not before long that her aunt succumbed to a fatal illness, leaving the young boy utterly distraught. He began to change, became more introverted and sedentary. He spent days in his room, without coming out, possibly in an attempt to contact his dead aunt with the Ouija board.

The Happenings

According to accounts by Thomas B Allen in 1991, who dedicated his life to the story of Roland Doe, strange things started happening around him soon after his aunt’s death.

His parents started hearing strange noises, which at first they thought were rats in the basement. They called on a private pest control service and found nothing out of the ordinary.

But then things really went chaotic, in a way no rational mind will ever be able to explain…

Lights started switching on by themselves, inanimate objects started making weird noises, chandeliers moved like crazy in a room with no draft and with closed windows. A statue of Jesus Christ kept banging on the wall and objects seemed to be moving by themselves.

At first, his parents tried to rationalize the supernatural events by thinking it was aunt Harriet trying to communicate with them. But the magnitude of the sheer horror they started experiencing made them abandon this thought soon enough.

Whole furniture started moving in a hazardous manner, drawers leaving cupboards like projectiles and supernatural phenomenons started happening everywhere in the house.

Whole furniture started moving in a hazardous manner

Whence came the night, Roland Doe’s attitude changed markedly. He became scary. He developed unexplained bruising and scratch marks on his body. He curled onto himself and started screaming like a madman.

It was then they understood he was possessed.

His parents decided to call on the services of their spiritual guide, lutheran pastor Luther Miles Schulze – for it seemed it was the only sensible thing to do at this point.

Pastor Schulze made a report and relayed it to the Evening Star, which then published the article. It created an uncontrollable nationwide sensation.

Roland was examined by a slew of doctors and psychiatrists who were not able to explain the phenomenons affecting the boy from a scientific point of view.

Pastor Schulze was very skeptical about the supernatural claims. He decided to harbor the boy for one night, for observation.

He later writes in a private letter to his parapsychologist friend (Dr. Rhein); seeing the boy sound asleep on his couch and moving by himself. Not using his legs. or hands. But moving as if an invisible force was pulling on him.

Not skeptical anymore, pastor Schulze tried to perform various exorcism rites to no avail. In fact, the more he tried, the more violent the possessions would get. He handed the Roland Doe possession case to the Catholic church.

The Roland Doe Possession

Demonic possessions are generally scary, but that of Roland Doe is a particularly scary story. A story that has inspired and scared many people for decades and continues to do so to this day. Sleep with your lights on tonight. You never know.