Thursday, 13 May 2010

Oh, Linda!

In collaboration with a selection of the finest film blogs the infranet has to offer Unflinching Eye is proud to contribute this quality post to Blair Week, a six day extravaganza expounding on the virtues of Linda Blair and her legacy of quality motion pictures. Don't believe me? Just read on...

Sweet little Linda Blair was only 14-years-old when she portrayed Regan Teresa MacNeil in The Exorcist. My niece is 14 this year too. She's into fashion and stuff, and I'm pretty sure she dreams of gracing the cover of some stylish magazine someday. However, I know for a fact that she would NOT want to be portrayed on said magazine cover thusly:

That can't have been easy on the fragile psyche of a young girl at precisely the age when her self-image starts to mean everything. Then there's this:

I'm no expert on adolescent psychology, but I doubt that this image of a BARF BAG had a nurturing effect on Linda's early sexual development. It's not really a stretch to imagine that she'd want to alter her perceived public image to be seen as anything but a puking, obscenely blasphemous, vag-stabbing demon. So, maybe that desire to leave behind her image of Pazuzu-Vessel led her to over-compensate a little in her future choice of magazine covers...

...just sayin'.

To celebrate the end of Blair Week, I give you Redd Kross' first album from 1982 (as Red Cross), appropriately titled Born Innocent. According to legend (Wikipedia), in 1980 Red Cross came up with their name based on the crucifix-masturbation scene from The Exorcist. Makes sense, because the song "Linda Blair" drops references to about half the movies covered this past week by my fellow Blair Week contributors. The McDonald brothers were obviously fans:

In the Exorcist, baby
You were really insane
You got busted, you got dusted

You got busted for cocaine

You're born innocent, girl
And that ain't all
You got it for the first time baby
In a shower stall

Kidnapped, raped and possessed
Linda is the Best
She used to be on the run
But now she thinks it's a lot of fun
She takes her cigarettes from her sleeve
Now she never wants to leave
Not even when she's eighteen

Liiiiiiiiiiinda, Liiiiiiiiiiinda, Liiiiiiiiiiinda, Liiiiiiiiiiinda

Finally, a 1968 ad for the same Parker Brothers Ouija Board that Regan uses:

The board:

A big thanks to Seth, of Lost Video Archive, for making this thing happen.


Lost Video Archive - Savage Streets
Satan's Hope Chest - Chained Heat and Savage Island

Camp Movie Camp - Grotesque
The Horror Section - Hell Night
Full Moon Reviews - Bailout

Illogical Contraption - Repossessed
Lines That Makes Things - original Linda inspired artwork
Breakfast In the Ruins - Exorcist II

B Movies and Beyond - Summer of Fear
Camp Movie Camp - Nightforce

The Manchester Morgue - Rollerboogie
Happy Otter - The Chilling
Ninja Dixon - The Witchery

Lost Video Archive - Born Innocent


  1. Love it,love Linda,love your site.


  2. Man, what can I say? I've been a big fan and lurker at Wopsploitation for ages. One of the coolest movie blogs around. I'm humbled.