The essence of evil transmutes into a novel avatar in the series of three posters for David Gordon Green’s The Exorcist: Believer. The movie, destined to be the inaugural film in the forthcoming trilogy by the Halloween director, portrays the devil’s reemergence and this time, two girls become victims of a horrifying demonic possession. An homage to the original 1973 feature directed by William Friedkin, one of the girls bears a striking resemblance to Linda Blair’s character, Regan, as she began her dreadful encounter with the Devil, marking the beginning of the half-century-old franchise. Close-ups of both girls’ faces unveil an intensifying malicious takeover, as seen in their monstrous eyes and unnaturally dry lips. Additionally, it seems the force of faith fails to subdue the evil, as an unseen character presents a cross to the possessed girls who don’t show any reaction.
Though The Exorcist: Believer is the sixth installment in the series, it is envisioned as a follow-up to the inaugural movie that sparked off the entire series. In Believer, a distraught father reaches his wit’s end when his daughter is possessed by a demon. Sharing his plight, another parent with a similarly possessed child joins him, and together they discover the one person who might rescue their children from this abyss – Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn). At present, Burstyn is the sole cast member from the original film set to reappear in this movie, but there’s a lingering chance of a surprise cameo by Blair. Leslie Odom Jr. is cast opposite Burstyn as the desperate father, supported by a stellar ensemble that includes Jennifer Nettles, Ann Dowd, Raphael Sbarge, Lidya Jewett, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Olivia Marcum.
Fresh off the triumph of the Halloween trilogy, Green is ideally suited to introduce another legendary franchise to a new audience. Prior to his success in horror with the tale of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle), he was known for directing dramas like George Washington and All the Real Girls, as well as comedies such as Pineapple Express and Your Highness.
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The Real Identity of The Exorcist’s Main Character May Surprise You
Legacy Spanning Five Decades
It’s uncertain if Friedkin foresaw the enormous fandom and international uproar he’d ignite when he brought William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, The Exorcist, to life on the big screen. Despite the movie achieving the status of the first horror film to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and gaining nine other nominations along with much critical acclaim, the content sparked controversy among conservatives and religious groups worldwide. Regardless, the devoted fan base propelled the story into a fully-fledged franchise, with directors including John Boorman (Deliverance), Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2), and Paul Schrader (American Gigolo), and even Blatty himself directing The Exorcist III.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about The Exorcist: Believer
What is “The Exorcist: Believer”?
“The Exorcist: Believer” is a horror movie directed by David Gordon Green, known for his work on the Halloween trilogy. It serves as the first title in his upcoming trilogy and is a part of “The Exorcist” franchise.
What is the plot of the movie?
The movie revolves around a disturbing demonic possession where two girls become victims of an excruciating ordeal. The story takes inspiration from the original 1973 film, directed by William Friedkin, and features one of the girls bearing a striking resemblance to Linda Blair’s iconic character, Regan.
Is “The Exorcist: Believer” a sequel?
Yes, the movie is considered a sequel to the original “The Exorcist” film. It continues the narrative of the inaugural movie that kick-started the long-standing franchise.
Who are the main characters in the film?
The film follows a father who finds himself at his wit’s end when his daughter becomes possessed by a demonic entity. He teams up with another troubled parent facing a similar situation. Ellen Burstyn reprises her role as Chris MacNeil, the character she portrayed in the original film. Leslie Odom Jr. stars as the desperate father.
Are there any other cast members from the original film?
As of now, Ellen Burstyn is the only member of the original cast set to appear in “The Exorcist: Believer.” However, there is a possibility of a surprise cameo appearance by Linda Blair, who played Regan in the original movie.
Who else is part of the ensemble cast?
Apart from Ellen Burstyn and Leslie Odom Jr., the movie features performances by Jennifer Nettles, Ann Dowd, Raphael Sbarge, Lidya Jewett, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Olivia Marcum.
When is the movie set to be released?
“The Exorcist: Believer” is scheduled to hit the theaters on October 13.
What are the director’s credentials for handling a horror film?
David Gordon Green has proven himself as a capable director in the horror genre with the success of the Halloween trilogy, where he brought the iconic characters Laurie Strode and Michael Myers to their conclusion.
How has “The Exorcist” franchise evolved over the years?
“The Exorcist” franchise has spanned five decades since the original film’s release in 1973. It has seen several sequels directed by different filmmakers, turning it into an enduring classic franchise in the horror cinema.
What can be expected from “The Exorcist: Believer”?
Fans can anticipate a terrifying and suspenseful horror experience as “The Exorcist: Believer” brings a fresh face of possession to the screen, continuing the legacy of the iconic horror series.
More about The Exorcist: Believer
- The Exorcist: Believer Official Trailer
- David Gordon Green’s IMDb page
- The Exorcist (1973) IMDb page
- Ellen Burstyn’s IMDb page
- Linda Blair’s IMDb page
- Leslie Odom Jr.’s IMDb page
- Halloween (2018) IMDb page
- The Exorcist (franchise) Wikipedia page
- Blumhouse Productions Official Website
- The Exorcist (1973) Official Trailer