"The Exorcist" Final Edit

Origin

Production of "The Exorcist"

Type

Studio Edit Tape

Effects

"Cursed"

Downsides

Effects

Activation

Constant

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Aradia-027T

Aisle

867183-6419

Shelf

491372-7162-458

Date of Collection

1973

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Origin[edit | edit source]

The Exorcist is a 1973 supernatural horror film adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name, directed by William Friedkin, and starring Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, and Jason Miller. The book, inspired by the 1949 exorcism of Roland Doe, follows the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother's attempts to win her back through an exorcism conducted by two priests.

The film experienced a troubled production; even in the beginning, several prestigious film directors including Stanley Kubrick and Arthur Penn turned it down. Incidents such as the toddler son of one of the main actors being hit by a motorbike and hospitalized attracted claims that the set was cursed. The complex special effects used, as well as the nature of the film locations, also presented severe challenges. 

Effects[edit | edit source]

Unique in the sense that the artifact has been constantly active since it left the editor's studio ready for commercial release. Anyone associated with the film will suffer increasing bad luck until they inevitably die. As long as the tape remains neutralized, it will remain inert. If removed from storage, the "curse" restarts.

Because of its unusually specific list of potential targets, it is considered a Dark Vault class artifact only until the last remaining crew member passes naturally. Following this time it is to be subjected to basic activity testing and, if found inert, will be reclassified into storage.

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