Oh Look, Another Reboot – The Exorcist: Believer is Coming to Cinemas this October!

(from left) Angela Fielding (Lidya Jewett) and Katherine (Olivia Marcum) in The Exorcist: Believer, directed by David Gordon Green.

Exactly 50 years ago this Spring, the most terrifying horror film in history landed on screens, shocking audiences around the world. Now, a new chapter begins. From Blumhouse and director David Gordon Green, who shattered the status quo with their resurrection of the Halloween franchise, comes The Exorcist: Believer.

Since the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 years ago, Victor Fielding (Tony winner and Oscar® nominee Leslie Odom, Jr.; One Night in Miami, Hamilton) has raised their daughter, Angela (Lidya Jewett, Good Girls) on his own.

But when Angela and her friend Katherine (newcomer Olivia Marcum), disappear in the woods, only to return three days later with no memory of what happened to them, it unleashes a chain of events that will force Victor to confront the nadir of evil and, in his terror and desperation, seek out the only person alive who has witnessed anything like it before: Chris MacNeil.

Oscar® winner Ellen Burstyn returns as Chris MacNeil in The Exorcist: Believer

For the first time since the 1973 film, Oscar® winner Ellen Burstyn reprises her iconic role as Chris MacNeil, an actress who has been forever altered by what happened to her daughter Regan five decades before.

Now call me cynical but I’m not sure if I’m sold on this trailer. This is giving me generic possession movie vibes – which is totally fine, but if you’re trying to follow up a beloved classic like The Exorcist you really need to bring your A-game. With 4 sequels/prequels in existence already, and only one of those being a hit with horror fans, this latest instalment really needs to wow. They might have upped the ante with two possessed teen girls, but just like with Halloween (2018), director David Gordon Green seems to have ditched sticking to the vibe of the OG material and is throwing in some cliche jump scares instead.

The film also stars Emmy winner Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale, Hereditary) as Victor and Angela’s neighbour, Grammy winner Jennifer Nettles (Harriet, The Righteous Gemstones) and two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Fosse/Verdon, Bloodline) as the parents of Katherine, Angela’s friend.

When The Exorcist, based on the best-selling book by William Peter Blatty, was released, it changed the culture forever, obliterating box office records and earning 10 Academy Award® nominations, becoming the first horror film ever nominated for Best Picture. Can The Exorcist: Believer live up to those standards? Time will tell.

Words by: Katie Torrance

The Exorcist: Believer will hit cinemas in Australia on October 12th

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