'The Exorcist': 10 creepy details from the scariest movie ever made

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It’s Halloween, and some might say: “What an excellent day for an exorcism …”

It has been almost 40 years since The Exorcist started terrifying moviegoers, and despite countless imitators and special-effects advancements it remains a deeply disturbing cinematic experience.

Stories from the making of the 1973 film are almost as unsettling.

Director William Friedkin, who earned an Oscar nomination for the film, sat down with me for a Q&A this week after a screening of the film for the ICM Partners talent agency to discuss some of the most infamous legends surrounding the movie.

What’s surprising is how much of the story was inspired by true events – as difficult as they are to believe – as well as the sometimes bizarre lengths the cast and crew went through to bring William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel to the screen.

Most chilling is the true story Friedkin learned at the start of the production.

NEXT PAGE: The lost diaries from a true-life exorcism

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