Sunday, October 31, 2010























Fuck you Captain Howdy!
More than any other film The Exorcist  always freaked me the fuck out. The whole movie just has this tone and  vibe which really gets under my skin and into my head. But it wasn’t the  scenes of the possession, it was little things that I found to be so  weird and unsettling.  The whole opening in Iraq, that digger with the  weird eye, the dog fight. That horrible muffled sound they keep hearing  in the house that sounds like it's coming from the attic. The party  where Burke gets drunk. Regan pissing herself and the tests she has in  the hospital. Ugghhhh! It all just creeps me out.  Even the magazine  Regan is seen reading in bed has some eerie looking dude in big  sunglasses on the front.

I guess it’s all the signs of a great horror  movie a film that really goes to work on you. But more than anything the  face of Captain Howdy scares me.  I’ve decided to never watch it again  but if you choose to look out for this stuff:  As fans of the film know,  The Exorcist is littered with many subliminal images.   

NOTE: The DVD time is relevant to The Version you’ve Never Seen edition.












DVD TIME
0:31:29
SCENE DESCRIPTION:
Regan’s medical examination. Her eyes open wide as she lays on the bed and this image of Captain Howdy flashes up on the screen for three frames.













 DVD TIME
 0:45:01
SCENE DESCRIPTION:
Father Karras’ dream sequence is where the first subliminal appeared in the 1973 original.













DVD TIME
0:56:03
SCENE DESCRIPTION:
To the right of screen next to Chris’ face in the kitchen. The lights flicker on and Howdy can be seen. One of the most recognized subliminal from The Version You’ve Never Seen.













 DVD TIME
 0:56:13
SCENE DESCRIPTION:
Chris is about to open the door to Regan’s bedroom. The face of the Pazuzu statue can be seen against the black just before she opens it. It is very quick and bright, so don’t blink or you’ll miss it!













 DVD TIME
 1:00:05
 SCENE DESCRIPTION:
This cross-fade subliminal was very cleverly added for The Version You’ve Never Seen. When Regan is hypnotized and gets angry, an angry face of Captain Howdy blends in with hers on a  close-up.

DVD TIME
1:43:13
SCENE DESCRIPTION:
Regan is being exorcised. The lights are flickering on and off, and Regan is flinging her head from side to side. At one point, when the lights go down and Regan is turning her head to face us, it is Captain Howdy.



DVD TIME
1:45:24
SCENE DESCRIPTION:
Kind of like the hypnotized face. Regan spins her head around during the exorcism and we get a close-up of her face with Captain Howdy’s dissolved in. This helps animate the dummy’s head.













DVD TIME
1:56:23
SCENE DESCRIPTION:
Father Karass demands that Pazuzu enter him. He is possessed and about to jump out the window. There is a shot of the window before he shouts ‘Nooo!” and within the flicker of the curtains, he can see his mothers face.

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