Topics

McCabe and Mrs. Miller (movie)
Marcel Vercoutere dies at 87; special effects wizard on 'The Exorcist'
Marcel Vercoutere dies at 87; special effects wizard on 'The Exorcist'

Long before the age of computer-generated special effects, Marcel Vercoutere helped create a scene widely considered among the most terrifying in movie-going history. In "The Exorcist," the 1973 horror film that became a pop-culture phenomenon, the head of a helpless young girl twists completely around as a young priest battles the demon that inhabits her body. With its wild, animated eyes, the life-size robot used as a stand-in for actress Linda Blair was built by Vercoutere, the film's special effects director, with help from its chief makeup artist, Dick Smith. Vercoutere, the special effects innovator who solved that technical challenge and others for "The...

Loading