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The power of Christ compels you: This life-sized ‘Exorcist’ prop sure looks like it needs one
10.30.2017
02:28 pm
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Actress Linda Blair posing alongside a life-sized prop of her character Regan MacNeil from ‘The Exorcist,’ created by Silver Lake, California company, The Scary Closet.
 
Last May I posted about a few of the wicked life-sized puppets and props made by The Scary Closet based in Los Angeles. While their huge, 50-inch puppet of the Tall Man played by the late Angus Scrimm in the Phantasm film series was quite the triumph, The Scary Closet has outdone themselves this time around with their transfixing life-sized prop of Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist in full possessed-by-a-demon mode.

The Scary Closet only made ten life-like props of possessed Regan which were all signed by actress Linda Blair. The incredible prop is so spot-on, The Scary Closet says that it would have gotten a thumbs up from the late Dick Smith, the ingenious makeup artist who gave Blair’s face and body the uncanny appearance of being possessed and abused by the devil himself. Blair has said that the prop is nearly impossible to distinguish from the original one used in The Exorcist and that she was “sure” the molds used by The Scary Closet were crafted from the same ones   formed on the then fourteen-year-old actress. As is the case with high-end pieces such as this it comes with a hefty price tag of $3,995. As of this writing there appear to be only four more realistic Regans that could be used to scare the shit out of anyone with eyes, including those pesky house guests that never take a hint that it’s time for them to go home.

I’ve posted photos of the faux Regan below for you to ponder that are slightly NSFW.
 

 

Blair carefully inspecting the eerie Regan MacNeil prop.
 
More after the jump…

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Posted by Cherrybomb
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10.30.2017
02:28 pm
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Voice of the demon: ‘The Exorcist’ and the legacy of Mercedes McCambridge

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Mercedes and the Monster (photo illustration by Todd McNaught)
 
It inspired an ocean of imitators and aspects of it seem quaint in the context of the age of digitally effected gore. But almost 40 years after its release, The Exorcist remains a chilling classic that transcended the horror genre due to both William Friedkin’s masterful direction and Linda Blair’s stellar acting.

In the spirit of Tara’s posting of creepy test footage from the film earlier this month, here’s the gifted Blair voicing the scene that introduces Regan to Father Karras followed by the eventual dubbing.
 

 
After the jump: meet the voice behind the possession…plus bonus audience reaction footage!

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Posted by Ron Nachmann
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10.31.2012
12:13 pm
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