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The Exorcist

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The Exorcist is a 1971 horror novel written by William Peter Blatty, detailing the demonic possession of a young girl called Regan MacNeil and is based on a real-life exorcism of a teenage boy that took place in the 1940s. The book was adapted into a highly successful film in 1973.

References to The Exorcist in The Simpsons[edit]


Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Treehouse of Horror I Exorcist.png 2 16 "Treehouse of Horror" In the "Bad Dream House" segment, Maggie's head turns all the way around, the same as Regan MacNeil when possessed by the devil.
Home Sweet Homediddly Exorcist.png 7 131 "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily" Maggie's head turns halfway round in the Flanders' car.
When You Dish Upon a Star Exorcist.png 10 208 "When You Dish Upon a Star" Homer turns his head 180° and then 270° before he turns it back to normal.
Treehouse of Horror XVI Exorcist.png 17 360 "Treehouse of Horror XVI" At the end of "Bartificial Intelligence", it is revealed that the segment was actually a dream that Homer was having while possessed by the devil. A priest arrives and throws holy water on him, causing Homer to turn his head around multiple times and climb on the ceiling.
Treehouse of Horror XXIV Exorcist.png 25 532 "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" Alexander Duke is credited as "The Dukexorcist".
Treehouse of Horror XXVIII promo 3.png 29 622 "Treehouse of Horror XXVIII" The "Exor-Sis" segment is based on The Exorcist.


Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
The Exorsister 2.png Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #2 The Exorsister! The plot is based on The Exorcist, with Lisa becoming possessed by the spirit of Madonna.

Video games[edit]

Picture Game Reference
The Simpsons: Tapped Out In the premium gameplay of the Treehouse of Horror 2015 update, a discussion takes place between Kirk and Luann Van Houten where Kirk says "When you were the girl from The Exorcist, I was projectile vomit."

Common Cast and Crew[edit]

Picture Name Role in The Exorcist Role on The Simpsons
William Friedkin.jpg William Friedkin Directed the film. Voiced Dr. Kenneth Humphries in "Treehouse of Horror XXVIII".
Max von Sydow.jpg Max von Sydow Played the priest Lankester Merrin in the film. Voiced Klaus Ziegler in "The War of Art".

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