The Exorcist steps are famous for being featured in one of the scariest horror films of all time, The Exorcist. The book and film are loosely based on an actual events. The novel was inspired by a 1949 case of demonic possession and exorcism that American author William Blatty heard about while he was a student in the class of 1950 at Georgetown University. The Academy Award winning movie which came out in 1973 is about an actress filming in Georgetown who seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter when the teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity.
The Exorcist steps are 75 concrete stairs located in Georgetown at the corner of Prospect St NW and 36th St NW, leading down to M Street NW. The stairs were built in 1890 as a shortcut between M Street and Prospect Street.
I visited right before sunset and did find the place creepy. Nested between an ivy covered stone wall and a brick warehouse with dumpsters overflowing with stinky garbage.
Yes, they are very long and steep. The height of the steps are equivalent to a five story building. I gripped the railing all the way down pausing only to snap some pics.
The stairs appear in the scene where the priest sacrifices his life to save the girl. This is a definite stop to take photos for every horror movie fan. A visit an iconic spot in cinema history is a must. It’s one of the most famous steps in the world.
On Halloween of 2015, more than 40 years after the film was released, Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Council member Jack Evans memorialized the steps with a plaque with Director William Friedkin and and writer William Peter Blatty on hand.
Depending on the time of your visit you might find the steps crowded with people exercising and lots of the students from Georgetown University.
Have you visited the Exorcist Steps in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC?
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