Regardless if you think Roland Doe was possessed or not, he’s impacted pop culture in a big way. William Peter Blatty used Roland Doe as inspiration for his novel, “The Exorcist.” A few years later after, the blockbuster film was released in theaters. Of course there are some deviations from the story to the novel: the main one being the sex of the child in question. When the film opened, there were actual reports of people vomiting and getting sick in theater. At that point, audiences weren’t used to seeing such terror on screen.
In 1993, Thomas B. Allen’s book “POSSESSED” was released. This is said to be based off of a diary by one of the priests who performed the exorcism of Roland Doe. Both books were insanely popular for their time. The film was nominated for seven Golden Globes winning: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress. It went on to win two Academy Awards, out of ten nominations. It was the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture.
The residents of Cottage City let Mount Rainier take all the credit in this case for a long time. It’s such a quaint, small, town that I’m sure they’re afraid of tourists coming through and interrupting their flow.
Sooo who wants to go to Cottage City now? ::Raises hand::