The Exorcist steps made an official Washington DC tourist attraction

The Exorcist Steps Made An Official Washington DC Tourist Attraction

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Tourists regularly visit Washington, D.C. to pose for photos with the spooky stone steps from The Exorcist1. This spot served as the location for spoiler alert! the death of Father Karras (Jason Miller) in the film. Now the city officially recognized The Exorcist Steps as a tourist attraction. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled a special plaque with this designation. It is important that all the tourists know exactly what these steps mean to D.C.

history and they are indeed an icon in our town, she said. It is also a marker for us to put in the ground to say that we are going to double and redouble our efforts to make D.C. a film town. The ceremony was followed by a screening of the 1972 horror film with director William Friedken2. See photos of him posing with the steps.

@WilliamFriedkin in DC on the steps he made famous in The Exorcist. Finally getting official recognition @fox5newsdc

Bob Barnard (@barnardfox5dc) October 30, 20156

What a honor to run around DC with you today @WilliamFriedkin. That was awesome.

Aaron DeNu (@AaronDeNu) October 31, 20159

The film starred Linda Blair10 as a child possessed by evil spirits. In an attempt to free her, Father Karras took the demon into himself and plunged out the window to his death at the bottom of the stone steps. Watch the famous scene in the clip below.

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Nothing says Happy Halloween like this recognition.


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