The Exorcist Steps

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The Exorcist Steps

Whatever 'Compels You'

Before Chucky pledged to be "your friend 'til the end" and before every Elm Street in America was stigmatized, there was Regan MacNeil. Regan MacNeil is the iconic preteen character in the movie The Exorcist. You don't have to be a movie buff to recall references to "head-spinning" or crucifixes.

The film, released in 1973, was an adaptation of the novel of the same name written by William Peter Blatty. It was the stuff of nightmares for moviegoers when it was released. And if you've seen it, then you know exactly why. There's a scene in the movie where one of the characters takes a fatal tumble down a steep flight of stairs as he fights the forces of evil. These are those same stairs. Whether The Exorcist is on your list of cult classics or your curiosity has now been piqued, a trip to this little known landmark will be scary-good!

Working It

Standing in front of this now-famous staircase is enough to evoke a sweaty panic. This flight of fright is quite steep (the 75 steps feel like an eternity long). Never mind the ivy creeping up the building alongside the stairs. It only adds to the feeling that you're being set up for something sinister. Although, the only thing you're probably being set up for is an amazing photo-op!

Speaking of photo-ops, good luck getting a photo with only yourself in it here. People come to run up and down these infamous steps all day long in the name of health and fitness. Be it your love of all things horror or your desire to drop a few pounds, whatever compels you, make this a part of your D.C. tour.

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