'The Exorcist' Quiz
by Staff
Decades after its release, it is still one of the creepiest and scariest movies ever made. How much do you know about "The Exorcist"?

True or False: "The Exorcist" is based on a real-life story.

  • true
  • false

In what year was "The Exorcist" released to theaters?

  • 1973
  • 1977
  • 1979

What was the religion of the family that inspired the movie?

  • Methodist
  • Lutheran
  • Catholic

How many people supposedly witnessed the real-life exorcism of the boy, who was known by the pseudonym "Roland Doe"?

  • 48
  • 5
  • 10

Who directed the movie?

  • Stanley Kubrick
  • William Friedkin
  • William Blatty

Which actress played the role of the possessed 12-year-old girl?

  • Tatum O'Neal
  • Ellen Burstyn
  • Linda Blair

What does Regan say to the astronaut, who is preparing to go to space at the beginning of the movie?

  • "They're going to tear you apart."
  • "You're gonna die up there."
  • "They're here."

What is the name of the demon that takes possession of poor Regan?

  • Lapzuzu
  • Kazuzu
  • Pazuzu

What was the movie's approximate final budget?

  • about $7 million
  • about $12 million
  • about $28 million

How much did "The Exorcist" make at the box office?

  • more than $100 million
  • more than $200 million
  • more than $400 million

How was Ellen Burstyn hurt during filming?

  • The demon slapped her.
  • A crew member yanked her to the ground.
  • She fell from a balcony.

How did Linda Blair alter her voice to sound like a scary demon during the possession scenes?

  • She didn't actually make those sounds.
  • She gargled a weird chemical cocktail.
  • She smoked cigarettes.

How did McCambridge prepare her body to create demonic sounds?

  • She put fatty meat in a blender and swallowed it whole.
  • She ate raw eggs and got drunk.
  • She regurgitated oatmeal.

How did the The New York Times review rate the movie?

  • The review was neutral.
  • It skewered the film.
  • It lavished praise.

Why was the film's original working score discarded?

  • It sounded like classical music.
  • It sounded like a children's lullaby.
  • It was too scary.

Who was the original choice for the role of Father Merrin?

  • Jack Nicholson
  • Marlon Brando
  • John Wayne

Why was Max von Sydow selected for the role of Father Merrin?

  • He looked like the priest who performed the real-life exorcism.
  • He was just the right age.
  • He was an up-and-coming star.

The films opening scenes were filmed in which country?

  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Iran

What substance makes up the "vomit" that Regan pukes onto Father Karras in one famous scene?

  • motor oil
  • actual vomit
  • pea soup

How old was Max von Sydow's character in the movie?

  • 74
  • 84
  • 64

In the middle of shooting, why was filming for the movie delayed by two months?

  • Religious types protested filming.
  • There was a labor strike.
  • The set caught fire.

Due to the film's content, what did some movie theaters provide?

  • vomit bags
  • security guards
  • psychotherapists

What was one primary reason that Linda Blair was selected for the part of Regan?

  • She was mentally mature.
  • She was totally naïve.
  • She had just the right look.

What did film critic Roger Ebert have to say about the film's rating?

  • He had no comment.
  • He thought the R was too much.
  • He thought the film should have an X-rating.

True or False: Adjusted for inflation, "The Exorcist" would be the second-highest grossing R-rated film in history.

  • true
  • false

After watching the movie, why did one audience member sue Warner Bros.?

  • He was traumatized.
  • He found it blasphemous.
  • He passed out and hurt himself.

In which city is the story set?

  • Philadelphia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York City

Why did crew members have to wear coats during filming of some scenes?

  • Some scenes were shot in a freezer.
  • They were working outside in winter.
  • All that vomit kept getting on their clothes.

What do people believe was the real reason the boy that inspired the story seemed to be possessed?

  • He was mentally ill.
  • He made up the whole thing for attention.
  • No one knows for sure.

For how many Academy Awards was the film nominated?

  • 4
  • 10
  • 8