In the off chance that you haven't seen William Friedkin's 1973 horror film 'The Exorcist', we won't spoil it for you. But let's just say the immense flight of outdoor, concrete stairs that appear in the film's final scenes aren't exactly used for morning workouts. Based on the book by William Peter Blatty about a DC-area family whose heads are sent spinning by a bout of demonic possession, the 97 stairs located just off of Georgetown University's campus in northwest DC -- as well as the MacNeil House, which sits at the top of them -- serve as the backdrop for a film that remains one of the most frightening of all time.

In the off chance that you haven't seen William Friedkin's 1973 horror film 'The Exorcist', we won't spoil it for you. But let's just say the immense flight of outdoor, concrete stairs that appear in the film's final scenes aren't exactly used for morning workouts. Based on the book by William Peter Blatty about a DC-area family whose heads are sent spinning by a bout of demonic possession, the 97 stairs located just off of Georgetown University's campus in northwest DC -- as well as the MacNeil House, which sits at the top of them -- serve as the backdrop for a film that remains one of the most frightening of all time.

Location as Character: Following a rather... spirited attempt to vanquish the devil from the body of young Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller) becomes Satan's host, which sends the newly possessed clergyman careening from a second story window, and down the stairs to meet his doom.

Historical Significance: Previously referred to as the "Hitchcock Stairs", the location has become so iconic since film's release that they're simply referred to only as "The Exorcist Steps".

Directions: Both the stairs and the MacNeil House are in the DC neighborhood of Georgetown, just across the Key Bridge from the Iwo Jima memorial in Arlington, Virginia. 3600 Prospect St., Washington DC 20007

Visitor's Info: While the MacNeil House isn't open for public viewing, the stairs leading down to M street -- ironically, DC's trendiest upscale shopping area -- are completely open to the public (but only for slow, careful walks, please).
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