As part of #MonsterMonth When It Was Cool takes a look at the Funko Pop Regan figure from the Exorcist as number 205 of it's series in 2015.
Regan MacNeil is a character from William Peter Blatty's horror novel and film, The Exorcist and its first sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic. In both films, Regan was portrayed by Linda Blair.
Regan is a 12-year-old girl and the daughter of actress Chris MacNeil. Regan is in conflict between her mother's work schedule and her parents being in the process of an acrimonious divorce (her father is in Europe and is not seen during the movie).
Regan is described as shy, different, and it is not in her nature to behave aggressively. She is devoted to her mother, making clay animals as gifts for her and leaving a rose at her place at the kitchen table each morning.
Chris is determined to be a good mother, spending all her off days with Regan. Because Chris is an atheist, she does not teach Regan about religion, but when Regan has questions about God, Chris tries to answer reassuringly.
Even though Chris knows Regan very well, it takes her some time to realize that Regan's bizarre changes are not neurological. As soon as she accepts the idea of possession, she consults Fr. Karras and begs him to evaluate Regan for an exorcism.
In the sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic, which takes place four years later, Regan is 16 years old, living in New York City and undergoing psychiatric therapy, claiming to remember nothing about her plight in Washington, D.C. while her psychiatrist believes her memories are only buried or repressed. Regan is revealed to have psychic healing powers.
Regan McNeil also appears in the television series The Exorcist. As an adult she changed her name to Angela Rance to escape the demons, but they find her again and attack her family.
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