‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Announces Premiere Streaming
They say the devil is in the details. So the devil is here, as he belongs The Exorcist: Believe: The film is coming to streaming in a few weeks. The film, the first sequel in many years to the iconic 70s classic, will premiere on Peacock in early December.
The new film is directly related to the events of the original from 1973, directed by the late William Friedkin and based on the book by William Peter Blatty. It also features star Ellen Burstyn’s first appearance in a magazine Exorcist movie in 50 (!) years. She once again plays Chris MacNeil, the mother of little Regan, who was possessed by an unholy demon in the original film. In a believera father trying to find out what happened to his own daughter (spoiler alert: devil stuff) seeks out Chris for help in solving the mystery.
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It was a solid premise for a movie, but I have to admit: I was very disappointed The Exorcist Faithespecially since it was directed by David Gordon Green, who had done such a good job of doing a similar update on another 70’s horror franchise, Halloween. This time, at least for me, he really missed the mark. In my review, I wrote…
A believer quickly descends into horror movie hell. Although I have no personal experience with the production, it seems that this Exorcist may have been heavily cut and reworked in post-production – most notably in a scene where Burstyn delivers a two-minute monologue almost entirely off-screen while the camera focuses on an endless close-up of Odom’s face. Then suddenly it’s exorcism time, even though the film has spent less than a handful of minutes with its only Catholic priest character. Much of the planned tension depends on Victor, and whether he begins to believe in God. But when you see two girls bursting out of thin air, speaking with evil demonic voices, and synchronizing their heartbeats, it doesn’t take much faith to entertain the idea of power higher.
So it’s not very good. But hey: If you already have a Peacock subscription, you can watch The Exorcist: Believe for only 0 dollars more. And that’s a pretty good deal. It will debut on the service on December 1.
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