Gonzalo Gavira, a Mexican wizard with sound effects who worked on films like “The Exorcist,” “The Towering Inferno” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” has died aged 79, a colleague said Tuesday.
Gavira died Sunday in Mexico City from blood circulation problems, Mario Aguinaga, the director of Mexico’s largest film studio, Estudios Churubusco, told Reuters.
“Gavira was a character in the film industry for his extraordinary inventiveness in creating sound effects,” Aguinaga said.
“It was a real show to see him work in a studio creating sounds, he used to use garbage and other objects to create incidental sounds.”
Gavira was part of a team that won an Oscar for best sound in the 1973 film “The Exorcist,” directed by William Friedkin.
Gavira was credited with creating the sound of the demonically possessed 12-year-old girl Regan’s head revolving completely on her body — an excruciating effect the Mexican achieved by twisting a leather purse with credit cards inside.
He worked in at least five dozen films in Mexico and abroad, according to the Mexican Academy of Film and Arts.