Subliminal Images

As fans of the film know, The Exorcist is littered with many clever subliminal images that assist in telling the compelling story. Many different people have different opinions of these subliminal moments and they were definitely a point of controversy when the film was released in 1973.

Here, I have listed all the subliminal images I have found in the latest version of The Exorcist.

The DVD time is relevant to The Version You’ve Never Seen edition.

 

DVD TIME IMAGE
0:31:29

SCENE DESCRIPTION:

Regan’s medical examination. Her eyes open wide as she lays on the bed and this image of Captain Howdy flashes up on the screen for three frames.

 

DVD TIME IMAGE
0:45:01

SCENE DESCRIPTION:

Father Karras’ dream sequence is where the first subliminal appeared in the 1973 original. Also look for many other great images that aid the story including the stopped clock from Iraq and the running dog, representing the dog fight Father Merrin sees when he goes to the Pazuzu statue.

 

DVD TIME IMAGE
0:56:03

SCENE DESCRIPTION:

To the right of screen next to Chris’ face in the kitchen. The lights flicker on and Howdy can be seen. One of the most recognized subliminal from The Version You’ve Never Seen.

 

DVD TIME IMAGE
0:56:13

SCENE DESCRIPTION:

Chris is about to open the door to Regan’s bedroom. The face of the Pazuzu statue can be seen against the black just before she opens it. It is very quick and bright, so don’t blink or you’ll miss it!

 

DVD TIME IMAGE
0:56:56

SCENE DESCRIPTION:

Watch the statue fade into view to the left of screen after Chris leaves Regan’s bedroom the room. It can be hard to see (hence no image), but if you look, you will see Pazuzu!

 

DVD TIME IMAGE
1:00:05

SCENE DESCRIPTION:

This cross-fade subliminal was very cleverly added for The Version You’ve Never Seen. When Regan is hypnotized and gets angry, an angry face of Captain Howdy blends in with hers on a close-up.

 

DVD TIME IMAGE
1:43:13

SCENE DESCRIPTION:

Regan is being exorcised. The lights are flickering on and off, and Regan is flinging her head from side to side. At one point, when the lights go down and Regan is turning her head to face us, it is Captain Howdy.

 

DVD TIME IMAGE
1:45:24

SCENE DESCRIPTION:

Kind of like the hypnotized face. Regan spins her head around during the exorcism and we get a close-up of her face with Captain Howdy’s dissolved in. This helps animate the dummy’s head.

 

DVD TIME IMAGE
1:56:23

SCENE DESCRIPTION:

Father Karass demands that Pazuzu enter him. He is possessed and about to jump out the window. There is a shot of the window before he shouts ‘Nooo!” and within the flicker of the curtains, he can see his mothers face.