- The Exorcist cosplay brings possessed Regan MacNeil to life with terrifyingly accurate makeup and costume.
- Cosplayer Brooke Ellis captures the essence of Regan’s possession, complete with matted hair, split skin, and colored contacts.
- The video clip depicts a recreation of a scene from The Exorcist where Father Karras confronts the possessed Regan.
New The Exorcist cosplay is supremely effective at bringing the possessed Regan MacNeil to terrifying life. Regan, as played by Linda Blair, first appeared in the iconic 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, which was adapted from the 1971 William Peter Blatty novel of the same name. The movie follows Regan’s mother, movie star Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), who desperately seeks out ways to save her daughter when she begins to exhibit signs of demonic possession.
The video clip sees Brooke dressed up as Regan mid-possession, including matted hair, split skin, colored contact lenses, and a pea-soup-stained nightgown. Ellis then lip-syncs to the audio of a scene from the movie when Father Karras (Jason Miller) confronts the possessed Regan.
How Regan’s Possession Plays Out In The Exorcist
The moment that is depicted in this cosplay is terrifying, but it only takes place during the midpoint of Regan’s actual possession, which occurs in a slow burn over the course of the movie. The first signs that something was amiss came when Chris began to hear mysterious noises in the attic around the same time that Regan reported that her bed was shaking. It is later implied that the demon may have taken advantage of the fact that Regan was playing with a Ouija board while Chris was shooting a movie on the Georgetown campus.
Although the entity in The Exorcist is never named onscreen and is frequently misattributed as The Devil himself, the original novel and the sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic both confirm that it is the demon Pazuzu. Pazuzu’s possession slowly began to manifest in behavioral issues for Regan, including urinating on the carpet during a dinner party. However, as her behavior became more violent (including possibly murdering the director Burke Dennings) and her skin began to show signs of strange lesions, Regan was taken to a variety of doctors who were unable to find the answer to her plight.
As more and more inexplicable happenings began to occur around Regan, Chris finally relented and approached Father Karras to ask for an exorcism. Karras and Father Merrin (Max von Sydow) performed an extended exorcism on Regan, which ended when both of them had perished. As Pazuzu warns in the video clip Ellis chose, The Exorcist ending sees Karras and Pazuzu coming closer together, as the only way to purge the demon from Regan was for Karras to call it into his own body and sacrifice his life.