With The Exorcist: Believer is only around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to take a look at this upcoming reboot of a cult classic franchise.
It was in 1973 when the original The Exorcist movie was first released. Whipping the media into a media frenzy, the cult horror flick was quickly heralded as the world’s scariest horror movie. Due to a handful of scenes, the movie was attacked by churchgoers, who insisted that the movie was the work of the devil himself and an insult to the church and, in turn, to the big man himself (no, not Santa Claus). It was also purported that ambulances were on stand-by during screenings as people were passing out in the theatre.
Of course, by today’s standards, The Exorcist is pretty tame – albeit teeming with blatant sacrilege. The franchise has gone on to win the hearts of many horror fans and has kept enough interest for a reboot, which will be released later this year.
Directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, All the Real Girls, and Halloween), the new Exorcist franchise addition won’t be a replica of the story. Instead, it will “Extend upon the original”, according to Blum; which brings us nicely onto the story.
The Exorcist: Believer – Story
If you have watched the original movie lately, you will have found out – or been reminded of – just how slow and drawn out the whole movie was. Yes, it has its moments but, on the whole, it was needlessly long and uneventful until the end.
Thankfully, The Exorcist: Believer won’t be following suit. Instead, the franchise will this time feature not one but two possessed girls. After the father of one of the ill-fated girls drops his daughter and her friend off at school, all seems normal as he sees the girls safely off at the school gates. However, things take a sinister turn when it transpires that the two girls have vanished.
Three days later, the girls are found in a local forest and something isn’t quite right about them (reminiscent of There’s Something Wrong with the Children). Usually happy-go-lucky as many girls of their age are, they don’t seem quite the same on their return. With the girls staring intently into mirrors, randomly falling into violent seizures, and one even turning up to church covered in blood, it soon becomes apparent that they never returned from their trip to the woods alone.
A Familiar Face to Return in The Exorcist: Believer
Chris MacNeil – the mother of Ragan in the 1973 original – will be returning for The Exorcist: Believer. Furthermore, she will be played by none other than the original actress, Ellen Burstyn. This time around, Chris will be called on for her experience in order to rid the girls of what dwells within them.
The Exorcist: Believer is the First Part of a New Trilogy
If the news of a new The Exorcist movie wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, then surely the news that it’s set to be just the start of a brand new trilogy surely will. Further details are currently unknown but you can count on us to bring you more news as and when it comes in.
The Exorcist: Believer – Summary
When cult horror movies receive fresh attention, it can be a worrying prospect. Many have tried and failed to give old franchises new life and we can only hope that The Exorcist isn’t set to fall to the same fate. With that being said, the teaser trailer shows an abundance of promise.
The good news is that we won’t have too long to wait to find out, with The Exorcist: Believer set to release on October 13th of this year. Hopefully, the remaining two movies don’t take long to follow suit.