Inside The Exorcist

by Wondery

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.

You can binge all episodes of Inside The Exorcist exclusively and ad-free on Wondery+. Find Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.

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  • Lou_246
    Captivating and thrilling
    One of my favorite podcasts hands down. I have a new found appreciation for the film. I was always a fan of the movie The Exorcist and now a super fan.
  • Little Miss Sweet Tea
    This was such an entertaining series!
    I’ve been fascinated and frightened by “The Exorcist” since I was a kid. So interesting to learn about the process of turning the book into the smash-hit film.
  • spodraza815
    More shlocky than shocking
    While it was fun to revisit the lore surrounding the making of the film, not much new insight was brought to light. Ultimately it fell apart in its final episode with pretentious speculation.
  • bosschang24
    Great show but…
    The concurrent stories are compelling even to a stone atheist like myself. The narrative is gripping and the narrator, a great tour guide then, out of nowhere…A COMMERCIAL. Buzz. Killed. I get that this is a business but ruining the product to pitch another product is a stupid business model.
  • MarFarChicken
    This was chaotic and annoying
    I listened to the entire series, waiting for the host to get out of his own way. The back and forth time travel and no direction in each episode is the only cohesive thing about this project. The sound effects are beyond annoying, to slurping sounds from bars the “stars” are supposed to be at to the host’s bored droning as Orson Wells and even Mercedes McCambridge! And to go on and on about how talented Linda Blair was/is and was cheated out of an Oscar and further career is embarrassing; have you seen the body of work of Linda Blair after “The Exorcist?” She went as far as she could with the limited abilities a child actor has, there was no career after this. This is an idea that could’ve been great but the complicated direction of this and the weird ending feels like the giant question mark at the end of a William Castle film, not done by William Castle.
  • Cjdkc555
    Should have been better
    This would have been a lot better just presenting the facts/information without all the cheesy dramatization.
  • Thejoeface
    Overproduced cringy schlock
    Opening the show with the first person narrative of a man completing suicide without any prior warning is UNBELIEVABLY harmful. Making up this real man’s thoughts, feelings, and hallucinations as he died is absolutely disrespectful to him and his loved ones. Disgusting. After that, the cringy phone call reenactment, and overdone sound effects, I turned it off after 10 minutes. Honestly at this point, after so many terrible overproduced podcasts, I really should just avoid anything with the Wondery name attached.
  • vonheyhey
    Really wanted to like this
    A podcast that I love (Redhanded) gave this a shout. So I had high hopes and there is a lot of potential here. But it is a little goofy and over dramatic for such a cool story. It’s not a total waste of time because the whole 7 episodes are only a few hours to binge.
  • Lisett517
    It’s a perfect day to listen to this podcast
    So glad I came across this podcast. The Excorsit is still today the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. Live this podcast and the insight it provides.
  • #mamba24
    It's ok
    Not my cup of tea
  • ccbaxter818
    I want more!
    Enjoying the Inside the Movie shows…interesting and entertaining…please make more, so many great movies out there!
  • MissyJune1981
    Those last 3-4 minutes of that last episode… scared the poo out of me
  • Jezehell
    Really enjoyed!
    Super fun story. Last episode got me squealing!! 😍
  • Mememememme000
    SO. MUCH. FUN.
    Great reporting and storytelling! So many fun facts about the film I never knew. Had a BLAST listening to this! Spooky AND informative which is hard to do. Thank you so much Mark Ramsey.
  • jchowzoo
    Top Notch
    I’ve listened to Inside Psycho, Inside Jaws, and Inside The Exorcist. I was riveted by all three. The writing is superb. The nonchronological sequencing shows a respect for the intelligence of the listener and offers microcosmic cliffhangers within the narrative. The pregnant pauses and the spaces left open to be filled with superb sound effects add to the drama and suspense. I’m a fan. I dig the entire experience. Thanks
  • Ish1126
    Well, that jumped the shark
    There was lots of fascinating backstory and correlation...that ended with a completely random fictionalization of the original inspiration kid still being demonically possessed. The overacting host gave Audrey Hepburn a red neck drawl. They ignored a lot of relevant facts.
  • StarSharon
    I binged the whole podcast tonight. Great.
    Very good. I really enjoyed this podcast. The writer has craftily intertwined the actual case of the possessed child with the writing of the story and production of the movie. The back stories in the lives of all involved are creatively added to make for a really entertaining show.
  • Frustrated Bank Guy
    Lived next go the y town
    Outsiders always got the town name wrong: Locals pronounced it Mount Rain-yer - not like the mountain in Washington state. Good series. Listened and had to subscribe.
  • huenew
    Extremely Well-Done
    One of the best podcast series that I have heard. The Exorcist is one of those unforgettable movies that you only need to see once. I was amazed at the backstories and incidents with the cast, especially the voiceover actor, which led me to read more online articles. What a trip!
  • wildcoho
    Well cone
    This was am entertaining and interesting podcast. Definitely better than Inside Jaws. Can see its relationship to the other "Inside" podcasts from this producer.
  • Jose Caps
    Great story
    It’s just good. Lots of info and scary of what really went down and the history to the most iconic horror movie made.
  • sassysyrup
    The idea is good
    This podcast isn’t horrible by any means. I enjoy a narrative style of podcast and this had a lot of facts about the movie that I didn’t know at all. It just jumps around a lot and has a few scenes that don’t seem relevant to the overall story. The sound effects are a good touch and made it spooky to drive to but they are so much louder than the narration. Seriously be ready to turn your volume down.
  • The Butcht
    What is the purpose here!
    Had some really good facts about the making of the movie, however it’s seemed to be woven in with way to much fiction. Are we trying to tell a fictional story or tell the real story. The very end of the podcast was pretty disappointing and seems pretty deceptive.
  • DanM1952
    I expected to hear much more inside information and real interviews with the cast and others, even if they were from recordings made years ago. Instead, I heard sophomoric play-acting. There was very little substance.
  • GalgoGirl
    I was expecting to hear more details about the actors and their experiences. The back stories are way out there and are not relevant to the film. Really disappointed.
  • susanrz
    Just weird
    I was excited about this when I saw the title. It is so disappointing how it was done. Very hokey. I’m sure they could have done away better job. Some facts I didn’t know. But I couldn’t get past the weird dramatics.
  • Cat the Wonder Woman
    Absolute garbage
    All over the place ... with no depth and no direction.
  • gkwilson
    Long-winded and rambling, completely unfocused
    This podcast meanders almost everywhere but its subject matter. With truly TERRIBLE voice acting and nonsensical segues in time, this podcast drags on for what feels like an eternity. Occasionally interesting, but spends way too much time on the backstories of people who worked on the film, long stretches of BACK story that have nothing to do with anything. A kid bought a candle, people went to the gas station in the 60s...irrelevant and takes way too long to get to the point. Is THIS the bad place ??
  • AdamIsAJerk444
    Why so produced?
    You say there are facts so just give me the facts. This series is ruined by the lame acting in the “dramatizations”. I picture this guy talking at me in a tent with a flashlight at his chin. Insert underwear commercial here.
  • mypetbbb
    What a great podcast, absolutely loved it! I was in college in Rome in 1974. I remember hearing stories about the crucifix on top of a church being hit by lightening when a theatre in Rome planned to show the movie. This podcast brought back so many memories!!
  • DevilD60
    Weird way to do it
    I guess some people might enjoy the story telling part, but it doesn’t really induce any sort of tension if your trying to recount events. It ends up just getting in the way though. I’m interested in the subject but I’m just going to see if another podcast fits my taste better.
  • Judinez
    This is a skip
    Series is a weird mix of what appears to be fictional scenes imagined by the series host, along with odd selections of fictionalized moments of people involved in the production. No real insights provided. I was left feeling mystified and confused, unsure what this podcast was trying to portray. It was neither a good story or a factual discussion of the movie production, but rather a weird series of fictionalized moments that do not add up to any narrative whole.
  • ImQueerAndImHere
    Good podcast!
    I personally really love horror and scary things, such as exorcisms. I love this podcast and finished it in 1 day! I did think that the ads and the guy doing all of the characters got old, but otherwise it was amazing!
  • texicantrish
    Inside The Exorcist
    Loved it! Couldn’t turn it off even when it gave me nightmares! Thank you Mark Ramsey!
  • Ash8787421780
    The podcast is not what you’d think it should be. Very bad acting, 500 ads in each episode, pass.
  • tall6677
    Laughable sound effects.
  • grantLeeKing
    Great story outline. A large chunk of this story I’ve heard before fro HBO “Spielberg” Here they give a little more context and backstory vs. what hbo scraped the surface of Steven story. Check out “Deadly Misadventures” I’m pretty sure Wondery did it also 👍👍👍
  • KKozGun
    Very Good
    Listened to this on the trip home from Florida. Very good!!! Had to come home and buy directors cut of the movie.
  • Sandaker1
    Good story
    Hate the company! You interrupt the podcast with you stupid commercials. Everyone knows that you need them. But your placement is ridiculous.
  • Great App...but
    The BEST
    Hands down, the best Podcast. Season 1 - Inside the Exorcist was riveting. Keep it up!!
  • angWags70
    Creepy and excellent
  • So Very Fed Up
    Inside The Exorcist
    This podcast is fascinating. The blend of rich, eclectic media and non-linear story-telling is brilliant. The narrative is engrossing and refreshingly unpredictable. The author weaves themes masterfully. This is an intelligent piece of art.
  • SlimWho93
    Wrong title
    It says inside exorcist but it’s all about jaws lol . What’s up with that man .?
  • AudreyH00
    Too many ads
    I really tried to listen to it but I just cannot stand ads anymore! Jeez!!! Way too many ads and all are so long. They drive me crazy! Never have a podcast with so many ads in every episode.
  • qtroye
    I only listened to The Exorcist series, and just that felt like a chore. The writing is so hokey and so strangely delivered. I was expecting a more historical, objective look at the film but it’s so littered with badly acted, made-up dialogue that I felt like I couldn’t trust what they tried to present as fact.
  • beau96080
    The exorcist
    Great content, informative and the production is great. It gets old hearing the same guy playing all of the characters, though.
  • Jim Ohio1
    Acting and writing reminds me of community theater
  • Ajd31
    Really disappointing story telling
    I really wanted to like this podcast, and even tried multiple episodes from different seasons, but I just couldn’t get on board with the way the stories are being told. The script is really off and hard to follow. He cuts in and out of stories giving voices to “characters” which makes it seem like a fictional story. If I didn’t already know a lot of the material I would have been so lost. He also over dramatizes things with more sound effects than necessary, often in weird and irrelevant places. Overall, the content is interesting, but the narrative is poorly written, poorly delivered, and overproduced.
  • NYPhilG2
    Well Done!
    A great podcast - interesting content and outstanding production.
  • Jamcat1190
    I don’t get it
    This is presented as if someone is reading random excerpts out of a fictional book. It jumps all over the place talking about various characters, different locations and decades. Impossible to follow and makes no sense at all. I just don’t understand why it has any good reviews.
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