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Who and What Was Behind ‘The Exorcist’ Movies?

When I watched the movie “The Exorcist” as a young man in 1973, it scared the heebie jeebies out of me. At the time, I lived alone in a modest apartment and hardly slept all night. This was a new film genre, and it kind of traumatized me. The other film that hit me hard was the cage and Russian-roulette scene in the movie “The Deer Hunter” (1978). What’s curious is that I watched “The Exorcist” for a second time last year and it had much lesser affect. After 45 years of exposure to more generalized trauma in our entertainment and culture, it seems I’m used to it or desensitized.

“The Exorcist” was followed by a whole generation of slasher movies. And, by sheer coincidence, America experienced what is called the Satanic Panic. Much of it was centered around ritual abuse. At the time, there were a number of stranger-on-stranger crimes of a hideous nature, often involving self-professed killers, who claimed to be possessed.

Today, skeptics and pervert justice warriors — who were little more than a twinkle in their pop’s eye at the time — dismiss it as hysteria and “conspiracy theory.” Indeed, skepticism on this and Pedogate has become the default position. But the wags and suckers have no context in which to judge that period. They are also desensitized — as well as brainwashed.

Ted Bundy, when he was advising the Green River task force, recommended that they stake out and look for suspects at the next big Seattle slasher film festival. Bundy stated that such movies had an impact on what he called his “entity.”

As a reminder, “The Exorcist” focused on the story of Regan, an 11-year-old girl and daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. The child becomes possessed by an ancient demon, and it’s up to a small group of overwhelmed yet determined clergy to somehow rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate.

A scathing review of the book in TIME magazine proved prophetic in a backhanded way.

“It is a pretentious, tasteless, abominably written, redundant pastiche of superficial theology, comic-book psychology, Grade C movie dialogue and Grade Z scatology. In short, The Exorcist will be a bestseller and almost certainly a drive-in movie,” TIME’s review stated.

“Appallingly effective on the surface,” Gary Arnold wrote in The Washington Post. “‘The Exorcist’ is appallingly worthless beneath the surface.”

Well, maybe not so worthless. But with a purpose?

Now, I learn that the author, William Peter Blatty of the original “Exorcist” and “Exorcist III” (1990) was US Air Force’s Psychological Warfare Policy chief. Maybe this is all just a big cowinkydink for skeptics to again dismiss. Or is it possible these films were part of a mass psychological trauma exercise? “Exorcist III” was written and directed by Blatty and starred George C. Scott. It’s said to be more horrific than the first. I wouldn’t know. I’ve never watched it other than clips.

Additionally, Blatty’s book “Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane” was about a military mental hospital with hints of a mind control program run amok. The doctor was played by Stacy Keach in the movie adaptation called “The Ninth Configuration.”

However, “Exorcist III” caught the rapt attention and interest of several of America’s most notorious serial killers. Jeffrey Dahmer, for example, told police detective Dennis Murphy that he watched it two or three times a week for six months and identified with the Gemini Killer. Dahmer thought he was possessed. Dr. Park Dietz — a forensic psychiatrist indicated that Dahmer would watch “The Exorcist III” and “Return of the Jedi” to set “the right mood” before cruising for victims and eventually murdering them. Sometimes Dahmer would also bring his victims home and watch a portion of the films with them and direct their attention to certain scenes he believed were important.

David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam killer, met with the leading Catholic exorcist Father Martin, who proclaimed him possessed.

Brad Dourif’s performance as the Gemini Killer in “Exorcist III” would move up and down between calm and casual — even a little funny —and a complete raving psychotic.

“The Exorcist III” movie was also the favorite of Danny Rollings, the Gainesville Ripper, who also identified with Gemini. Rollings in the flesh in public appearances acted like the calm “gracious me” part of Dourf’s performance — but he also identified with the possessed part [see the second video below].

8 Comments on Who and What Was Behind ‘The Exorcist’ Movies?

  1. Going back a little further, the big Satan-in-modern-cinema era may have gotten its big launch with 1968’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, about the devil spawning a child with a human mother … a film directed by Jewish Roman Polanski, after a novel by Jewish Ira Levin

    ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘The Exorcist’ and many other books and movies that followed, successfully conveyed an implicit meme that Lucifer – Satan was the big operator in the Judaeo-Christian framework

    Which ties into another theme, that the warrior-god Yahweh of the Bible, was himself perhaps a demon cloaking as God, a demon feeding off of torment, hence the creation of a religion which has child genital mutilation as a central notion; terrorises people with ‘eternal hell’; and has God in the Bible ‘ordering’ the genocide of entire peoples, men, women, children and even the animals … all of which seem cruel barbarisms from the more ancient meditation-and-reincarnation Asian religious framework

  2. Sometimes the big draw of a film or tv show is the music chosen for it; that may be true with the Exorcist, using the memorable ‘Tubular Bells’ by Mike Oldfield (only age 19 when he created it!), one of the 4 original recordings that launched Richard Branson’s Virgin Records label in 1973 … Here’s the short version of the original opening with the Exorcist theme

  3. funny story, I downloaded the “Great Escape”, a movie I remember for hair raising scenes of excitement in my youth and got my daughter to watch it with me.
    We both fell asleep!Totally desensitized!

  4. I don’t think you can go wrong with assuming Blatty was some kind of covert psyop operator. I am a Vietnam combat infantry veteran and this movie traumatized me as much as anything I went through over there though it’s effect was not as long lasting. Blatty was Jesuit trained both in his youth and at Georgetown University and as you note worked in the psychological warfare department. It’s not too hard to add 2 and 2. When you consider that Salenger was a covert operator with his best selling Catcher in the Rye a book written for the masses to produce and introduce certain very negative emotions and Dave McGowan’s research into the Laurel Canyon music movement of the 60’s you begin to get the picture of just how extensive and intense our occult mind controllers take their job….very intensely for sure. The Beatles were certainly connected to Tavistock and produced their revolutionary music and TV starting moving from “family entertainment” like Ozzie and Harriet and Leave it to Beaver to more radical programs. I get the sense that the “soft” entertainment of the 50s and early 60’s was kind of a setup or hook for the pajama audience to ease them into a far more radical forms of “entertainment.” Of course this means operations like the CIA had their hands on the controls from the get go and that they realized early on that the entertainment industry was an ideal form for social change and radical control. As McCluan summed it up “The Media is the message.” Another angle is how much effect did operations like the CIA have on religion for this was also the time when the most revolutionary council that ever took place in the history of the Church of Rome also occurred.

    • Always enjoy your comments. FWIW hubby – formerly a concert pianist avoiding the draft – refused to marry his CO’s daughter in boot camp and got the Eleven Bravo MOS – point man during Tet. One of the only people with five years’ university to see what he saw fighting among poor boys (mostly black).

      As to Christianity’s defilement by the CIA, I would be willing to bet serious stakes that every one of the flashier televangelists were operatives. Not a one resembles qualities extolled by Jesus such as humility. Not a one was what I could call a gentle personality. I was always left wondering if they ever read the Gospels.

  5. All by design my friends, as John Coleman points out in “The Tavistock Institute Of Human Relations: Shaping the Moral, Spiritual, Cultural, Political and Economic Decline of the United States of America.”

    The Tavistock Institute for Human Relations has had a profound effect on
    the moral, spiritual, cultural, political and economic policies of the United
    States of America and Great Britain. It has been in the front line of the
    attack on the U.S. Constitution and State constitutions. No group did
    more to propagandize the U.S. to participate in the WWI at a time when
    the majority of the American people were opposed to it.

    Much the same tactics were used by the Social Science scientists at
    Tavistock to get the United States into WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Serbia
    and both wars against Iraq. Tavistock began as a propaganda creating and
    disseminating organization at Wellington House in London in the run-up
    to WWI, what Toynbee called “that black hole of disinformation.” On
    another occasion Toynbee called Wellington House “a lie factory.” From
    a somewhat crude beginning, Wellington House evolved into the
    Tavistock Institute and went on to shape the destiny of Germany, Russia,
    Britain and the United States in a highly controversial manner. The
    people of these nations were unaware that they were being
    “brainwashed.” The origin of “mind control,” “inner directional
    conditioning” and mass “brainwashing” is explained in an easy to
    understand book written with great authority.

    The fall of dynasties, the Bolshevik Revolution, WWI and WWII saw the
    destruction of old alliances and boundaries, the convulsions in religion,
    morals, family life, economic and political conduct, decadence in music
    and art can all be traced back to mass indoctrination (mass brainwashing)
    practiced by the Tavistock Institute Social Science scientists. Prominent
    among Tavistock’s faculty were Edward Bernays, the double nephew of
    Sigmund Freud. It is said that Herr Goebbels, Propaganda Minister in the
    German Third Reich used methodology devised by Bernays as well as
    those of Willy Munzenberg, whose extraordinary career is touched upon
    in this work about the past, present and future. Without Tavistock, there
    would have been no WWI and WWII, no Bolshevik Revolution, Korea,
    Vietnam, Serbia and Iraq wars. But for Tavistock, the United States
    would not be rushing down the road to dissolution and collapse.

    • The name ‘Tavistock’ comes from England’s infamous Dartmoor Prison, which is located on Tavistock road. These creeps got their start doing mind control experiments on the unfortunate prisoners there.

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