The Exorcist Curse
The movie has been scarred by several very unfortunate events; the film has nine deaths during filming that involve the cast and crew. A crew member and technician both died during production. But as far as what happened to them has been unreported. The brother of Max Von Sydrow (Father Merrin in the film), passed away. Linda Blair’s grandfather also passed away during this time. Before the film was released, Burke Dennings (played by Jack McGowan) died of flu complications and Father Damien Karras’ mother (played by Vasiliki Maliaros) died. This was after her participation in the film but before the film was released.
And if these deaths weren’t enough, there was a fire that destroyed a set causing a 6-week delay. The cause of the fire is still unknown today. While filming, Linda Blair suffered serious injuries after being tossed around for a bed shaking scene. But the audience was not immune to the curse: The original release of the movie affected many audiences so strongly that paramedics were called to treat people who fainted—one man even fainted and broke his jaw on the seat in front of him.