Saturday, June 25, 2016

Visiting the Exorcist Stairs In Georgetown

A few years ago we visited the famous steps in Odessa, Ukraine that were featured in the film Battleship Potemkin and recently we visited another set of steps made famous in a film. In The Exorcist, a young girl is possessed by a demon and two priests try to save her through an exorcism. The film is set in the Washington DC neighborhood of Georgetown and the climactic final scene features a row of steps which are located along the side of the girl's house in the film.

Here's the brief clip of the final scene. I'm a great fan of this movie as the film's director, William Friedkin, made one of the best police dramas in The French Connection and then followed it up with one of the top horror films ever made. 

Here is a fan-made poster for the film that highlights the long flight of steps.

And here are the steps as they are today. You'll notice that they are not located next to a house and instead are bordered by a building on Georgetown University's extended campus. Through film trickery, Friedkin seamlessly make it look like the home was right next to the steps. 

They are an intimidating set of steps to be sure and as we were taking photos around them a runner came and ran up the stairs and I'm not exaggerating when I see he looked like the possessed priest at the top. 

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