Inside The Exorcist

Inside The Exorcist

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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. From Wondery, this is a seven-part deep dive inspired by the story behind an unforgettable, classic movie. This is…Inside The Exorcist.


BONUS: Talking Star Wars with George Lucas Biographer Brian Jay Jones | E8
Jul 18 • 46 min
In this special BONUS episode, INSIDE STAR WARS creator and host Mark Ramsey interviews Brian Jay Jones, the author of the recent best-selling biography “George Lucas: A Life.” We talk about our shared love of the original film and how the franchise…
Goodbyes | E7
Jul 16 • 31 min
Alec Guinness tells a child to stop watching Star Wars and drives him to tears. Kenny Baker - the man inside R2D2 - dies, but not before meeting the son he never knew. After great emotional struggle, George Lucas sells Star Wars to Disney. After a…
Star Wars Will Be a Bomb | E6
Jul 14 • 28 min
Shooting on Star Wars wraps, but the troubles are far from over. Lucas has to “crack the whip” at ILM, which is way behind on FX shots. Lucas discovers the perfect voice for Darth Vader. The John Williams score is finished and Lucas is moved to tears. He…
Days and Nights of the Force | E5
Jul 11 • 25 min
Carrie Fisher auditions hairstyles and the “Buns of Navarone” are born. Star Wars begins shooting. Carrie is smitten by her handsome co-star, Harrison Ford. Greedo nearly suffocates during the Cantina sequence. George Lucas breaks the news to Alec…
I am Princess Leia! | E4
Jul 9 • 31 min
Casting begins for Star Wars. Carrie Fisher wins a role, runs into the rain, and shouts to the heavens: “I am Princess Leia!” George Lucas doesn’t want Harrison Ford in the cast, but it just so happens Harrison’s building a door all week and is in the…
Bleeding on the Page | E3
Jul 7 • 27 min
Francis Coppola urges a struggling and dirt poor George Lucas to write something human and stop being “so weird.” The result is American Graffiti, the classic coming of age movie. United Artists agrees to pick up the project along with one other idea,…
Dreams of Star Wars | E2
Jul 4 • 20 min
A young Carrie Fisher meets the paparazzi in the arms of her celebrity mother, Debbie Reynolds. It doesn’t take Carrie long to decide that acting’s not for her. So naturally, an actor is exactly what she becomes. Carrie models tops for Warren Beatty -…
Two Suns Setting | E1
Jul 2 • 27 min
A torturous first day of shooting Star Wars in the Tunisian desert. Including a one-time “carpenter to the stars,” an actor named Harrison Ford. Cut to: A young George Lucas captivated and thrilled by a new gadget called “television” and the thrilling,…
Introducing Inside Star Wars
May 29 • 6 min
Heroes, villains, action… all set in a galaxy far, far away. Join Inside Star Wars and go behind the camera and find out how one of the most iconic series in film history came to be. Listen now at: http://wondery.fm/ISWED
People Like Us: Inside Philadelphia, Part 2 | E4
Nov 15, 2018 • 28 min
“Philadelphia” would attract top Hollywood talent like Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards — and an actor named Ron Vawter. Vawter had AIDS, and he would live just long enough to see the film change minds and hearts everywhere. Here, art wasn’t…
People Like Us: Inside Philadelphia, Part 1 | E3
Nov 15, 2018 • 35 min
In the 1980s HIV/AIDS was a quiet killer and a stigmatized disease. As director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner watched friends succumb to AIDS, they would embark on the first major studio film to tackle the subject head-on. They needed to…
Introducing People Like Us: Inside Philadelphia
Nov 13, 2018 • 1 min
In 1993, Tom Hanks won his first Oscar for his role as Andrew Beckett in the film Philadelphia. This award represented more than just a stellar acting performance. Tom Hanks and the creators, cast, and crew of Philadelphia succeeded in bringing AIDS…
Interview with JAWS Co-Screenwriter Carl Gottlieb | E8
Aug 30, 2018 • 61 min
Carl Gottlieb is the co-screenwriter of JAWS, a featured player in this podcast, and the author of The Jaws Log, about the making of the classic film. With Inside JAWS creator Mark Ramsey, Carl discusses his background in Improv, how he met Steven…
The Kraken Sleepeth | E7
Aug 28, 2018 • 39 min
1916: The vicious “Man-eater of Matawan” meets his end. Cut to: The premiere and record-breaking success of JAWS. The awards Steven Spielberg expected – but never came. Even the world’s most commercial filmmaker wasn’t good enough to earn the respect of…
Get the Actors Off the Boat! | E6
Aug 23, 2018 • 33 min
1945: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis – no ships, no planes, no rescue. Just…sharks. Cut to: The emotional center of JAWS: Sometimes drunk, sometimes sober - Robert Shaw’s indelible tale of the Indianapolis receives an ovation from cast and crew. The…
The Shark Isn’t Working | E5
Aug 21, 2018 • 29 min
1968: A retired Navy Captain commits suicide. Many years earlier, his vessel suffered the worst naval disaster at sea in U.S. History. It was the U.S.S. Indianapolis, and hundreds of its crew were eaten by sharks. Cut to: 1974. Spielberg enlists writer…
The Head, the Tail, the Whole Damn Thing | E4
Aug 16, 2018 • 27 min
1916: A bounty is offered to whoever can kill the “Man-eater of Matawan.” Cut to: 1973. Peter Benchley sells the rights to JAWS to a pair of legendary Hollywood producers, Richard Zanuck and David Brown. Sensing a winner, Spielberg steals the galleys off…
Duel | E3
Aug 14, 2018 • 29 min
1916: Matawan Creek, New Jersey. This time, the shark’s victim is a child and the entire town is up in arms. Cut to: 1963: The Kennedy Assassination precipitates a frightening encounter on a dusty California mountain road – an encounter that leads to the…
Breaking In | E2
Aug 9, 2018 • 26 min
1916: Another vicious shark attack at the Jersey Shore. Cut to: Hollywood, 1965: Steven Spielberg hides out at Universal Studios in a toilet stall. He watches his idol, Alfred Hitchcock, at work. He fast-talks the guard at the studio gate day after day.…
Becoming Spielberg | E1
Aug 7, 2018 • 26 min
In 1916 a killer shark terrorized the New Jersey shore in one of the inspirations for the movie JAWS. Cut to: Phoenix, AZ in the 1960’s, where a young Steven Spielberg is an outsider struggling to fit in. He’s ashamed of his heritage, bad at school, bad…
Bonus: The Exorcist’s Legacy with Final Destination’s Jeffrey Reddick | E1
Dec 21, 2017 • 28 min
In this bonus episode, series creator Mark Ramsey talks with producer and writer Jeffrey Reddick, who is best known as the creator of the Final Destination movie franchise. What is the legacy of The Exorcist? How is it shaping today’s horror films? What…
Inside The Exorcist: Behind the Scenes | E1
Dec 14, 2017 • 44 min
Why The Exorcist? Why tell the story of the film and its makers in podcast form? And why choose a fresh audio graphic-novel storytelling approach? Those are just a few of the questions answered in this “behind the scenes” look at the making of one of the…
She Wouldn’t Even Harm a Fly | E6
Nov 28, 2017 • 31 min
Psycho fever overtakes America, and Alfred Hitchcock is suddenly a very rich man. And with this stunning success comes one haunting fear: What will I do for an encore? That question plagues Hitchcock for the rest of his career, through only six more…
Shock and Awe | E5
Nov 23, 2017 • 26 min
Hitchcock’s nightmares haunt him as he readies Psycho for release. He tussles with the censors to keep his precious shower scene - the one which does or does not contain nudity, depending on which censor’s opinion you’re listening to. Hitch maps out an…
Men Do Kill Nude Women You Know | E4
Nov 21, 2017 • 25 min
It’s the inside story of the legendary shower scene, from the nudist on set, to Janet Leigh’s unending efforts to maintain some decency, to the answer to the longstanding question: Do you actually see the knife disappear into a body or not? We review the…
Time to Shoot | E3
Nov 16, 2017 • 22 min
What do you do when your studio hates your next picture? If you’re Alfred Hitchcock, you put up your own money and risk everything on it. Psycho was a movie everybody in town said couldn’t get made - it would be the movie that would ruin Hitchcock’s…
Bloch and Hitchcock | E2
Nov 14, 2017 • 21 min
When a struggling writer, Robert Bloch, discovers the story of a strange man in Wisconsin who killed and mutilated his victims, he transforms it into a story about the twisted relationship between a man and his mother: Psycho. Later, he realizes his…
The Butcher of Plainfield | E1
Nov 9, 2017 • 26 min
A mild and meek man who was unusually attached to his domineering mother. That’s the story of Ed Gein, who murdered numerous middle-aged women in and around Plainfield, WI in the 1950’s, and whose story inspired the character of Norman Bates. The story of…
Introducing Inside Psycho
Nov 7, 2017 • 7 min
From the creators of Inside The Exorcist, Mark Ramsey Media and Wondery, comes this magical mix of fact and fiction which transports you into the world of Hitchcock amid a deep dive into the mysterious and peculiar happenings that occurred during the…
Redemption | E7
Nov 2, 2017 • 27 min
Too much success too young - William Friedkin is warned by legendary auteur Orson Welles. Friedkin’s production company passes on a little movie called Star Wars so he can make his passion project which is eclipsed by its shadow. The film industry turns…
The Rapture | E6
Oct 31, 2017 • 24 min
The Exorcist opens - with no credit for the voice of the demon, Mercedes McCambridge - and she’s furious. Audiences break down the doors to see the movie. Hysteria ensues: Vomiting, fainting, heart attacks, and more. The prominent critics…hated it. Rev.…
The Power of Christ Compels You | E5
Oct 31, 2017 • 24 min
Friedkin wants to shoot the opening sequence of The Exorcist in Iraq, but first he has to teach the Iraqis how to make fake blood. And where’s the demon statue? Not in Iraq - on a tarmac in Australia, unfortunately. Legendary makeup artist Dick Smith…
Tomb of the Demon | E4
Oct 24, 2017 • 27 min
The room where the haunted boy was released was haunted ever more. No one would enter that place again. Meanwhile, the impossible task of casting The Exorcist. The actors who said yes, no, and “hell no.” Friedkin’s remarkable interview with Linda Blair…
Jesus Weeps Blood | E3
Oct 17, 2017 • 23 min
The haunted boy is freed from the demon…or is he? William Friedkin’s The French Connection is a stunning success, but will his broken down Rolls Royce make it to the Oscar ceremony? Later, Friedkin opens a packaged tossed into a suitcase and spends all…
The Snares of the Devil | E2
Oct 10, 2017 • 24 min
Priests try - and fail - to exorcise the haunted boy’s demons. Meanwhile, William Friedkin witnesses a life-changing execution and insults a Hollywood icon. He loses a job but impresses writer William Peter Blatty, who’s working on a story that is his…
The Haunted Boy | E1
Oct 10, 2017 • 29 min
The story of The Exorcist is rooted in horrifying facts. Robbie is a young boy living in suburban Washington DC and he has been possessed by…something. Young Linda Blair loves horses, young William Friedkin loves scaring people, and young William Peter…
Introducing Inside The Exorcist
Sep 22, 2017 • 3 min
A story of faith and fury, of horrors real and imagined. This is the tale of a real-life demonic possession, a movie, and its makers. A seven-part series inspired by the story behind an unforgettable, classic movie. Inside The Exorcist premieres October…