Some movies are so iconic they need not be touched. The Exorcist (1973) is one of those films.
It was fearless in its time, daring to explore a dark fear that few were willing to broach. But what if a remake were in a different format? Now, 43 years later, Fox will attempt to possess its audiences with the horror classic’s namesake in the form of a TV series.
Just in time for the Halloween season, it appears this show will makes no apologies for what it claims to be. It is boldly, simply called The Exorcist. It uses the 70’s theme music. It will scare the hell out of you, so it seems, but what does this mean exactly? Are we to see a new version of Linda Blair’s character – her struggle stretched out over a series of episodes? Will there still be spinning heads and bile? Or, will The Exorcist have a long leash, merely hanging onto the basic fundamental elements that enabled The Exorcist (1973) film to leave such a lasting horrific impression?
After watching the trailer, it appears to be the former… maybe. We get a glimpse of two priests, one green and one seasoned, both attempting to take on the spiritual challenges of the Rance family. The afflicted: their eldest daughter Katherine. Her younger sister hears noises in the walls, all the while Katherine becomes more and more reclusive. So, there’s a girl, conflicted priests and a spirit. That counts for something, right?
The Exorcist pilot episode, Chapter One: And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), but he’s gone after the first episode unfortunately. The series was created by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four 2015, The Lazarus Effect). I’m not sure that’s a ringing endorsement, but let’s hope Slater has better success in television than his movies. I’m willing to give The Exorcist a shot, if for nothing else, because it’s a bold TV move. Will you? Check out the trailer below, and tell us what you think.