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In 1973 Hell came home and invaded the body of a young girl. This is the story of a movie and its makers. It's a tale of dark and light, of loss and love. A story of faith and fury, of causes and curses, of horrors real and imagined, of unbridled ego and brute force filmmaking. It's the movie critics called "religious pornography" and "occultist claptrap." The movie that left audiences...hysterical. Decades later, it remains perhaps the most frightening movie we will ever see. From Wondery, this is a seven-part deep dive inspired by the story behind an unforgettable, classic movie. This is...Inside The Exorcist.

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A story of faith and fury, of horrors real and imagined. This is the tale of a real-life demonic possession, a movie, and its makers. A seven-part series inspired by the story behind an unforgettable, classic movie. Inside The Exorcist premieres October 10th
The Haunted Boy | E1

The Haunted Boy | E1

2017-10-1030:3332

The story of The Exorcist is rooted in horrifying facts. Robbie is a young boy living in suburban Washington DC and he has been possessed by...something. Young Linda Blair loves horses, young William Friedkin loves scaring people, and young William Peter Blatty hears the story of the haunted boy in his religion class at Georgetown. It was so shocking, he would never forget it. One day, he will write it down.Subscribe today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/itexThank you to our sponsors:Shudder - Join Shudder today for the best in thrillers, suspense, and horror and get a free month when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.shudder.comMack Weldon - When facing down your worst nightmare, performance based undergarments can make all the difference. Get 20% off when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.mackweldon.com
Priests try - and fail - to exorcise the haunted boy’s demons. Meanwhile, William Friedkin witnesses a life-changing execution and insults a Hollywood icon. He loses a job but impresses writer William Peter Blatty, who’s working on a story that is his next best alternative to unemployment. Friedkin finishes the movie The French Connection as Blatty prepares the book that will soon become a number one bestseller.Subscribe today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/itexThank you to our sponsors:Shudder - Join Shudder today for the best in thrillers, suspense, and horror and get a free month when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.shudder.comMack Weldon - When facing down your worst nightmare, performance based undergarments can make all the difference. Get 20% off when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.mackweldon.com
Jesus Weeps Blood | E3

Jesus Weeps Blood | E3

2017-10-1723:5115

The haunted boy is freed from the demon...or is he? William Friedkin’s The French Connection is a stunning success, but will his broken down Rolls Royce make it to the Oscar ceremony? Later, Friedkin opens a packaged tossed into a suitcase and spends all night reading what’s inside: William Peter Blatty’s book The Exorcist. He is stunned. Blatty wants Friedkin to direct. All the pieces are in place for the most controversial movie of their careers and one of the most horrifying films of all time.Subscribe today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/itexThank you to our sponsors:Shudder - Join Shudder today for the best in thrillers, suspense, and horror and get a free month when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.shudder.comMack Weldon - When facing down your worst nightmare, performance based undergarments can make all the difference. Get 20% off when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.mackweldon.com
Tomb of the Demon | E4

Tomb of the Demon | E4

2017-10-2429:2713

The room where the haunted boy was released was haunted ever more. No one would enter that place again. Meanwhile, the impossible task of casting The Exorcist. The actors who said yes, no, and “hell no.” Friedkin’s remarkable interview with Linda Blair after more than 1,000 girls had auditioned and failed. Shooting begins, tragedies overwhelm a cursed set. A Manhattan barfly gets his shot at fame. It’s all leading up to the exorcism sequence, a story of damnation and pea soup and a demon’s voice summoned from a lifetime of alcohol, tobacco, and bronchitis.Subscribe today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/itexThank you to our sponsors:Shudder - Join Shudder today for the best in thrillers, suspense, and horror and get a free month when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.shudder.comMack Weldon - When facing down your worst nightmare, performance based undergarments can make all the difference. Get 20% off when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.mackweldon.com
Friedkin wants to shoot the opening sequence of The Exorcist in Iraq, but first he has to teach the Iraqis how to make fake blood. And where’s the demon statue? Not in Iraq - on a tarmac in Australia, unfortunately. Legendary makeup artist Dick Smith spends two hours a day with Linda Blair, most of it watching The Flying Nun on TV. The exorcism scene takes place in a refrigerated room, making everyone sick. Max Von Sydow faces a crisis of faith and can’t bear to hear young Linda Blair curse. Pea Soup is vomited and heads spin 360 degrees. Famed composer Bernard Hermann calls Friedkin’s movie “dreck.” The voice of the demon, who spent years battling her own demons, will drink and smoke and eat raw eggs while bound to a chair. But when this movie comes out, will anybody see it?Subscribe today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/itexThank you to our sponsors:Shudder - Join Shudder today for the best in thrillers, suspense, and horror and get a free month when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.shudder.comMack Weldon - When facing down your worst nightmare, performance based undergarments can make all the difference. Get 20% off when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.mackweldon.com
The Rapture | E6

The Rapture | E6

2017-10-3125:467

The Exorcist opens - with no credit for the voice of the demon, Mercedes McCambridge - and she’s furious. Audiences break down the doors to see the movie. Hysteria ensues: Vomiting, fainting, heart attacks, and more. The prominent critics...hated it. Rev. Billy Graham said “the devil is in every frame of that film.” Pressure was building to stiff the movie at awards time, despite its popularity. Linda Blair was shattered. But despite the lack of industry support, William Friedkin was now wildly famous and could do anything. Or could he?Subscribe today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/itexThank you to our sponsors:Shudder - Join Shudder today for the best in thrillers, suspense, and horror and get a free month when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.shudder.comMack Weldon - When facing down your worst nightmare, performance based undergarments can make all the difference. Get 20% off when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.mackweldon.com
Redemption | E7

Redemption | E7

2017-11-0228:5310

Too much success too young - William Friedkin is warned by legendary auteur Orson Welles. Friedkin’s production company passes on a little movie called Star Wars so he can make his passion project which is eclipsed by its shadow. The film industry turns its back on him, but his love story teaches him a valuable lesson. Meanwhile, Jason Miller dies, William Peter Blatty’s son speaks to him after death, and Linda Blair battles obstacles to save the lives of sheltered dogs. This, as the demon comes home to Iraq, and we answer the question: Whatever happened to the haunted boy?Subscribe today so you never miss an episode: https://smarturl.it/itexThank you to our sponsors:Shudder - Join Shudder today for the best in thrillers, suspense, and horror and get a free month when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.shudder.comMack Weldon - When facing down your worst nightmare, performance based undergarments can make all the difference. Get 20% off when you enter code EXORCIST at checkout. www.mackweldon.com
From the creators of Inside The Exorcist, Mark Ramsey Media and Wondery, comes this magical mix of fact and fiction which transports you into the world of Hitchcock amid a deep dive into the mysterious and peculiar happenings that occurred during the filming of the legendary film Psycho. The film now is among the greatest thrillers in movie history--but it nearly didn't happen!
Why The Exorcist? Why tell the story of the film and its makers in podcast form? And why choose a fresh audio graphic-novel storytelling approach? Those are just a few of the questions answered in this “behind the scenes” look at the making of one of the hottest podcasts of the year. Series creator and narrator Mark Ramsey talks with the show’s amazing sound designer Jeff Schmidt. Don’t miss the discussion about the secret “Easter egg” hidden in the audio that was only recently discovered by a Russian fan, or the inspiration for the chilling ending (hint: It is a movie, but it’s not The Exorcist).
In this bonus episode, series creator Mark Ramsey talks with producer and writer Jeffrey Reddick, who is best known as the creator of the Final Destination movie franchise. What is the legacy of The Exorcist? How is it shaping today’s horror films? What makes the movie - even today - so powerful?
It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James RemarListen to Murder in Hollywoodland: wondery.fm/insideMiH.
When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.Listen today at wondery.fm/inside_guru.
Comments (33)

Celine Townsend

brilliant.

Sep 9th
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Skylar Travis

I love this podcast. The narration is immersive and very enjoyable. I actually was interested in the Exorcist and I have never been able to watch the movie lol It got me emotionally involved in Star Wars. Do Dr Suess next! I am SO interested to hear it this way.

Aug 7th
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Maggie

I feel like I missed something. This is marked as episode one, but the two men speaking don't even really introduce themselves and just start in on a conversation that after a couple of minutes had me checking make sure that I hadn't skipped ahead or missed an episode. it just sort of starts out of nowhere.

Jul 8th
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Alyssa Duncan

annoying ending that undermined it all. if you are trying to give us facts why end the series with something fake and pretend it's real? lost a lot of credibility with those fake calls to rob.

Jun 25th
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Khalia Wynn

I needa know if the ending happened!!!??

Oct 7th
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Rob Wuthenow

I'm laughing at the underwear and in the middle of all this ostensible horror. First impressions: the narrator doesn't have a radio voice, he sounds too earnest and I don't like the way he reads dialogue, using his own voice for all the characters.

Sep 24th
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Bqueasy

I've not finished the first episode and the story has been interrupted twice to advertise their new series about jaws. I'm yet to decide if I like this series. Pretty sure the epidode opened with an ad for jaws aswell.

Jul 27th
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Kevin Courtney

Absolute garbage. Inside the Exorcist? I thought I was going to get an in-depth look at the making of a horror classic. Instead, I get nonsense stories about a BS exorcism, read as though it's being presented to second graders. A total embarrassment.

Jul 24th
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Michelle Cazares

I'm from the city where bill brinkley died. I freaked out because I couldn't believe a guy who wrote about robbie in the Washington post died in my home town!

May 19th
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Luigi Ravaglia

I really liked "Inside Psycho" but can't really get behind this. Too little time dedicated to the actual movie and the making of it, with a lot of time dedicated to myths, uninteresting plotlines and some observations made in poor taste, like the ISIS segment in the last episode. This series has a lot of potential if it focuses just on facts rather than on thoughts, myths or straight made up stuff.

May 14th
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JStone

underated podcast..make more centred around specific films..I would definately listen to that.

Feb 7th
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Lex Brauns

The story is fragmented and hard to follow and the narrator hasn't learned how to effect a pregnant pause effectively, making him sound like a male version of siri. The underlying material is good if you can handle the bad delivery

Jan 7th
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thelittlest .neko

Anyone else catch the subliminal audio?

Nov 23rd
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Julie Dietrich Pfleuger

Holy crap! The ending was insane, I loved the entire series but WOW, I've got to say that ending was Stephen King worthy. Kudos

Nov 10th
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Rusty Hunt

cringeworthy dramatization.

Nov 9th
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Matt Melia

an interesting idea but badly marred by the terrible stilted delivery

Nov 5th
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Diane Andrews

omg did the ending really happen?? I got to know!

Nov 3rd
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Jason Argo

loving it.

Nov 2nd
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Joe Howard

The whole theatrical approach works well.. but you don't have to believe in God to be freaked out by the Exorcist!

Nov 2nd
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Vanessa Synesael

I'm loving this! I want more!

Oct 31st
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