1973’s The Exorcist is considered a classic horror film, and for decades, movies have been trying to milk the horror from the idea of getting possessed by a demon. Now 50 years after the release of the original, we have a new take on The Exorcist which will possess not one, but two poor little girls.
Watch the trailer for The Exorcist: Believer:
The story description for the film reads:
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 (Ellen Burstyn).
Like every reboot/sequel nowadays, the film has managed to bring back an actress from the original Exorcist in the form of Ellen Burstyn. In the original, MacNeil was the mother of the possessed girl Regan (Linda Blair), and she hints that she’s met the demon in this movie before.
With exorcism-themed movies having evolved in so many ways since the original film that started the horror trend, I’m curious how The Believer is going to shake things up for the sequel. Hopefully there’s something there to terrify non-believers and not just anyone who subscribes to the notion of religious demons.
Watch out for The Exorcist: Believer when it comes to cinemas on Oct. 13.