Days of Our Lives is bringing back its possession storyline
Hold on to your Pazuzu: Days of Our Lives is bringing back its memorable possession storyline this fall.
Details were wickedly limited Monday morning but the NBC sudser did send out this statement: "The original story began in 1994 when the wicked Stefano DiMera began hypnotizing Marlena (Deidre Hall) his 'Queen of the Night.' The hypnosis meant to make her fall in love with him left her open to demonic possession and ultimately led to Marlena becoming possessed by the devil. Later that year (on Christmas eve) in one of the most memorable moments in American pop culture history, Marlena levitated (see image above). The story continued through 1995 and concluded that summer when John Black, her now-husband who was thought to be a priest at the time, had to perform an emergency exorcism. When Days of Our Lives revisits the storyline this fall, fans can look forward to twists and turns you'd never suspect as well as familiar faces returning to save the day (or not).... this time around, the devil knows no bounds and no one in Salem is safe!"
There's also this teaser.
Many years later, we asked executive producer Ken Corday about the infamous plot point.
"Remember, The Exorcist was only about 25 years old at the time, and [writer] Reilly walked into my office and said we're going to do a storyline with Marlena possessed," Corday said. "And I said we're going to do The Exorcist? He said, 'That's right.' I said, 'We're going to do a feature film?' And he said, 'No, we're going to make it great. It's a serial.' It was supposed to last three months, starting somewhere around Halloween and ending with a Christmas miracle. And he dragged it into Easter, and he ended it literally with John Black just standing over her saying one Our Father,' and that story was over. People remember because the effects were so strange. Here's this wonderful, goddess of beauty, wisdom, and light, and she's floating around with green eyes doing horrible things."