In a chilling resurrection of the iconic horror franchise, director David Gordon Green breathes new life into The Exorcist, fifty years after William Friedkin’s terrifying classic first haunted audiences. Returning to the screen, Ellen Burstyn reprises her unforgettable role as Chris MacNeil in The Exorcist: Believer.
The first trailer for the movie is bone-chilling. Despite being a new film in the franchise, the movie will be a direct sequel to the original 1973 picture. The picture is the first of a planned trilogy and it looks extremely devilish. The sequel, The Exorcist: Deceiver, will hit in theaters on April 18, 2025.
The official synopsis says, “Since the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 years ago, Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom, Jr.) has raised their daughter, Angela (Lidya Jewett) on his own. But when Angela and her friend Katherine (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.”
The cast of Believer also includes Ann Dowd, Okwui Okpokwasili, Jennifer Nettles, and Raphael Sbarge.
Green’s goal with Believer is to continue the original plot rather than reboot it, which makes the Devil much more terrifying. As parents become desperate for help, they pursue Burstyn’s character, whose little daughter (Linda Blair) was previously possessed by an evil creature known as Pazuzu.
The original 1973 film became the first case in which a horror film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, along with nine others. The film’s influence on pop culture is evident, and the creators of Believer wish to carry on that legacy.
The Exorcist: Believer will be in cinemas on October 13.