09/26

Introducing The Amazing New Podcast: “Inside The Exorcist”

I was floored by the amazing reception to Inside Psycho a few months ago, and I am now very proud to introduce to you my second collaboration with incomparable audio designer Jeff Schmidt and the terrific folks at Wondery: Inside The Exorcist.

This project has been months in the making and I can honestly say I am as proud of it as anything I have ever done.

Listen (if you dare) and I think you’ll hear some of the most compelling audio you will ever hear. That’s how good I think this is, and I hope you agree.

The teaser launches today and the series kicks off on October 10, just in time for Halloween.

Listen here.

The backstory: In 1973 Hell came home and invaded the body of a young girl. This is the story of a movie and its makers. It’s a tale of dark and light, of loss and love. A story of faith and fury, of causes and curses, of horrors real and imagined, of unbridled ego and brute force filmmaking. It’s the movie critics called “religious pornography” and “occultist claptrap.” The movie that left audiences…hysterical. Decades later, it remains perhaps the most frightening movie we will ever see.

Inside The Exorcist is a seven-part deep dive inspired by the story behind the classic movie.

Please give it a listen and subscribe here. And if you like what you hear, please consider giving the show a 5-star review on the platform of your choice.

And…Happy Halloween.

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  • Jennifer Tait

    I just ran across this today. I haven’t listened yet, but I want to say thank you. I love the story, the movie, everything about this. I also want to recommend a book (fiction) that came out before Blatty’s: Ray Russell’s The Case Against Satan. I don’t think Russell knew about the story Blatty based his novel on, but it’s a great novel and in some ways rather similar. (I’m a big fan of demonic possession in movies and literature, though I was raised without any sort of religion and it’s all fictional to me.) Again, thanks for making me so happy on a Tuesday! (I was a big fan of your Psycho podcast as well.)

  • Well thank you, Jennifer!

  • Travis Scheerer

    I finished episode 7 only moments ago. It was fantastic and may have surpassed Inside Psycho, which I adored. Thank you Mark for all that you do.

  • Thanks for the kind words, Travis!! And for listening to both!

    More to come….

  • Chuck

    I throughly enjoyed Inside the Exorcist. But I was left with questions. First, what does the bizarre events in 19th century England have to do with the making of the film? Second, did the “haunted boy” really answer the phone the way you describe?

  • Hi Chuck, I’d rather not lay out all of the sausage-making, but the answer to your first question is that it creates a context for the story of possession (and there are other similar anecdotes int he series). As for your second question, that’s for me to know and for you to find out 🙂

  • Tom McLaughlin

    First let me say that I really enjoyed the podcast. I binged it in two days, and it was a great listen. I wish I knew what parts were true and which were apocryphal, embellished or just plain made up.

  • Glad you enjoyed it, Tom!!

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