If your idea of a great movie night involves jumpscares and nail-biting tension, then you’re in for a treat. The latest trailer for “The Exorcist: Believer” has dropped, and it’s every bit as spine-tingling as you’d expect. After shifting its release date to avoid clashing with Taylor Swift’s filmed version of the Eras Tour, the horror sequel is back on track and aiming to reclaim its spotlight. This new trailer serves as a necessary pivot, appeasing fans and critics alike.
A Sequel 50 Years in the Making
Half a century after shocking audiences worldwide, the “Exorcist” franchise returns with its sixth installment. This time around, Ellen Burstyn reprises her role as Chris MacNeil, adding a sense of continuity and nostalgia. Borrowing a strategy from the “Halloween” series, “Believer” introduces new characters who seek guidance from Chris MacNeil, a survivor of a similar demonic possession. From what we’ve seen, the stakes are even higher this time, and the terror has intensified.
Behind the Scenes: A New Captain at the Helm
Director David Gordon Green, credited with rejuvenating the “Halloween” franchise, takes the reins of “The Exorcist: Believer.” This film marks the beginning of a planned trilogy that promises to deliver a fresh wave of horror. With co-writers Peter Sattler and a story by Green, Scott Teems, and Danny McBride, expectations are running high.
New Faces, New Horrors
In “The Exorcist: Believer,” we follow the unnerving story of two young girls, Lidya Jewett and Olivia O’Neill, who become victims of demonic possession. Their desperate parents, portrayed by Leslie Odom, Jr., Jennifer Nettles, and Norbert Leo Butz, turn to Ellen Burstyn’s Chris MacNeil for help. Judging by the trailer, things don’t go smoothly—underscored by a menacing atmosphere and chilling footage.
A Franchise That Won’t Quit
As Pazuzu returns, Ellen Burstyn’s character is more committed than ever to helping the new victims navigate an all-too-familiar hell. This installment ups the ante by featuring not one but two demonic possessions, leaving viewers to wonder if both girls can be saved.
“The Exorcist: Believer” is set to haunt theaters on October 6, 2023. Prepare for an experience that aims to terrify and remind us why this franchise has endured for 50 years.