Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #666 Regan Theresa MacNeil

Name: Regan Teresa MacNeil
Address: Georgetown
Occupation: Host for the Devil
Favorite Color: Pea Soup Green

exorcist Demonized, 12 year-old Regan Teresa MacNeil, star of the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, possessed unearthly powers, including multiple (dead) personalities, peasoup projectile vomiting, 360° headspins, and bed levitation. I hesitate to even mention the gruesome crucifix scene, which still shocks to this day.

Regan (Linda Blair), who lived with her actress mother (Ellen Burstyn) in Georgetown, managed to survive the ordeal. The Jesuit priests, who drove the demon out, didn’t fare so well.

A best-selling novel turned Hollywood blockbuster, author and producer William Peter Blatty based his story on real events—a Maryland boy possessed and exorcised by a Catholic priest in 1949. The movie was directed by William Friedkin, who won an Oscar for The French Connection.

An old friend of mine went to see this film when it was first released. Gorged with powerful mind-altering drugs, he has never been the same since.

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2 Comments so far

  1. smouiekablooie (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 12:38 am

    One of the best scary movies ever… I still love going by the steps in georgetown.

  2. Doug (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 12:11 pm

    Great link, thanks!

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