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Summary

  • Linda Blair’s surprise cameo in The Exorcist: Believer has sparked emotional reactions and even earned a standing ovation from viewers.
  • Many Exorcist fans see Blair’s return as a show of respect to the franchise, as she portrayed the original possessed girl in the first movie.
  • Despite poor reviews, viewers still enjoyed Blair’s cameo and expressed excitement over seeing her reprise the role of Regan after 46 years.

One surprise cameo in The Exorcist: Believer is sparking emotional reactions, even earning a standing ovation in some theaters. The Exorcist: Believer premiered in theaters on October 6, reviving the franchise after an 18-year hiatus. While the horror movie is the sixth installment in the franchise, it is a direct sequel to the 1973 original film. It follows the demonic possession of two young girls, which spurns their parents to seek the help of Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn). Although the latest entry has received poor critical reception, one aspect is getting high praise.

The Exorcist: Believer viewers took to social media to share their reactions to Linda Blair’s surprise cameo.

Many saw her long-awaited return as a show of respect to the franchise.

One viewer even noted that the cameo sparked a standing ovation within the theater.

Others noted that Blair’s cameo was one of the few things that stood out to them in the movie.

Many of these users shared the same disappointed perspective as critics of The Exorcist: Believer, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying the cameo.

Some even “geeked out” over the cameo.

Others found Blair to be “fabulous” in the latest sequel.

Ultimately, whether viewers thought The Exorcist: Believer was a good film or not, they still shared the excitement of Blair’s return.


Linda Blair’s The Exorcist: Believer Cameo Explained

Linda Blair as the possessed child with a creepy stare in The Exorcist

Blair’s cameo sparked a strong reaction because the franchise originated with her. In The Exorcist, she portrayed the original possessed girl Regan MacNeil, contributing much to what is considered one of the scariest horror movies of all time. While Blair returned for the first sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic, she hasn’t reprised the role of Regan since 1977. Hence, appearing in The Exorcist: Believer as Regan after 46 years is quite impressive.

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Before the movie’s release, it was revealed that Blair had been on the set of The Exorcist: Believer, but only to serve as an advisor. Director David Gordon Greene explained they wanted her advice to make filming safer for the young actors on set. Though her presence on set sparked rumors of a cameo, the crew did a fairly good job keeping it under wraps. To add to the surprise, the cameo doesn’t occur until The Exorcist: Believer‘s ending. It’s also revealed that Regan wasn’t in contact with Chris to explain her absence.

At the very end, though, Regan surprises her mother by showing up at the hospital where Chris is recovering from injuries sustained during the exorcisms. When she hears the door to her room open, she expects it to be Victor (Leslie Odom Jr.), the father of one of the girls. Instead, it’s Regan, and viewers very briefly see the mother and daughter together in an emotional reunion. Even though The Exorcist: Believer may not have done everything right, it did deliver the decades-long reunion between Regan and Chris.

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