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Episode 16: The Exorcist (1973)

October 27th, 2015

In the sixteenth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard  discuss what is perhaps the most successful horror movie of all time, William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973).

Christopher and CarrieLynn are currently working on a project and a book wherein they look at how the "traditional exorcism narrative" established by this film has become the main genre convention across all of the films in the horror subgenre of exorcism cinema. In discussing and deconstructing The Exorcist, they are able to define this trope, argue for what it means, and discuss its prevalence as a combination of social and cultural forces as well as the political economic forces of the movie industry. They understand exorcism films as depicting the oppression of non-dominant groups so that traditional powers and norms can remain in place, and this metaphor is prevalent across this subgenre, tracing back to this film and even before it.

And apparently the curse of The Exorcist found them and caused problems with their audio that required post-production inserts! Happy Halloween!

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website