On December 26, 1973 “The Exorcist” was released.
The supernatural-horror film is based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty and inspired by the 1949 exorcism of Roland Doe. The film, starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, and Max von Sydow, centers on the exorcism of a 12-year-old girl as a mother works with two priests to fight her daughter’s demonic possessions. Directed by William Friedkin, the film was a critical and commercial success. It won two Academy Awards, has earned over $400 million worldwide, and has become a significant influence in pop culture. The film has been praised by such media publications as Entertainment Weekly and AMC as one of the best horror films of all time, and in 2010 in was preserved by the Library of Congress into its National Film Registry.
Random Pop Culture Fact: “The Exorcist” was the first horror film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.