World-Herald staff writer Micah Mertes has put together a fascinating collection of the Omaha newspaper’s clippings surrounding The Exorcist’s opening in 1974.
The Exorcist was a hot topic at the time with critical praise, religious outcry and public curiosity making headlines. Originally scheduled to open in March 1974, the film was brought forward to February to meet demand.
It’s great to see clippings like these documenting the era. Nobody had experienced anything like The Exorcist before (or since, if we’re being honest) and I find it absorbing to see the reactions as they were being publicized at the time.
You can read the article and see all of the clippings here. I have posted some key examples below.