Who played the demon face in 'THE EXORCIST'?

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  1. Inspector Hammer!

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    I've been meaning to ask this for some time now, who was the actor who played the face of the demon pazoozoo in 'The Exorcist'?
    I've always considered that white face to be one of THE most fiendish and nightmare inducing faces i've ever seen, and it would comfort me if I knew who it was that played it. To this day, I cannot bring myself to even look at it!
    From the documentary 'The Fear of God: The making of The Exorcist' the face looks to be played by Dick Smith, the make up artist on the film, but i'm not really sure though.
     
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    The face always reminded me of "Death" from The Seventh Seal but I don't see any credits for "The Face" anywhere.
     
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    Eileen Dietz
    She also played Regan in a few scenes, including the pea soup sequence.
     
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    It turns out the demon face used in the movie was just make-up tests cut into the movie. Very frightening make up tests. [​IMG]
    Neil
     
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    The Eileen Dietz makeup tests are indeed highly unnerving, from reasons I'm not entirely clear on. They appear as subliminals for a frame or two (more in TVYNS) and on freeze-framing have a definite power that gives me the willies.
     
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    Sometimes, when I turn off the lights after a movie and head upstairs to bed, that friggin face flashes before me in my minds eye and I pick up the pace a bit.

    No other fictional image has given me the creeps as much. I'm glad to see that others are affected by it.

    I started watching Exorcist: Dominion last night;

    I was taken by surprise by "The Face" within the first 30 minutes.

    Of the 5 Exorcist films, this one already comes in at number 2 on the "Scariest" rank because of "The Face" and I haven't even finished the movie yet.

    C
     
  7. todd s

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    Screen grab anyone? [​IMG]
     
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    The funny thing is, as unnerving as the demon face is Eileen is pretty cute in person.

    I met her at a signing a few years back and while she was quietly signing DVDs she suddenly looked up and screamed "Boo!" at my friend and I.

    Generally a fun experience.
     
  9. Colton

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    This face?
    [​IMG]
    Yeah, that freaks me out.
    - Colton
     
  10. Chris Brunner

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    [​IMG]
    Oh great, now I can't view this thread anymore!!
    THANKS Colton [​IMG]
     
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    Colton...Are you sure thats it....I thought it was this...
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  12. Kevin M

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    Funny...I thought it was this:
    [​IMG]
    ......brrrrrrrrrr....
     
  13. todd s

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    Kevin...You win! [​IMG]
     
  14. Inspector Hammer!

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    [​IMG] That's the one, i'm surprised it's taken 3 years for someone to post it.
     
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    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaa!
     
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    I wanted to start a new thread, but I decided to bump this one instead.
    So I've got a problem. I kind of want to watch this movie again, and yet, it scares the shit out of me to do so. I've only seen it once. It was the TVYNS cut on TBS. Then, I had the safety of commercial breaks, but it still managed to get to me. The Regen stuff doesn't bother me. It's that damn face.
    I want to confront my fear of this movie. I rented the DVD of the original version and I popped the disc in. The music from the opening menu nearly gave me a heart attack. So I figured I'd try to confront it by first watching the making of documentary on the second side. Not a great idea. The first thing you see in it is that damn face! My reaction to it was a mix of fear and anger. I stared directly at it as it was staring at me. I made my own scary face and even growled at it. [​IMG] In the end, I think it may have won. Turning it off, I was left with chills. My scalp had turned cold and then a second later, I was in a sweat. Damn face!
    So how can I get over this movie?
     
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    Just enable John Williamson's signature and stare at it[​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, I've been frightened by that for a few days now. [​IMG] I guess a still picture isn't bad, but the actual moving demon, complete with eerie music is just too much.
     
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    for too long, almost looks as if he's saying your name over and over. [​IMG]
     

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