We all know that Fox has decided to revisit the world of ‘The Exorcist‘ and the first trailer isn’t exactly helping cut short fears that they aren’t going to be treating the iconic horror film with the reverence that it is due. While ‘Bates Motel‘ has been able to break new ground with classic material ,we’ve already seen the other return to a demonic-themed franchise in ‘Damien‘ not pulling in critics or audiences.
At least we have ‘Outcast‘ to look forward to.
After seeing the trailer I’m not sure that director Rupert Wyatt (‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’,’Turn: Washington’s Spies’) will be able to pull off the kind of draw that audiences will get behind. That is even with the talented Geena Davis (‘Thelma & Louise,’ ‘Beetlejuice’) in one of the leading roles.
You can check out the trailer below:
Clocking in at almost 3 minutes I truly felt that the trailer still felt more like a teaser. Sure, there were plenty of references to William Peter Blatty’s iconic film, but it doesn’t give any clues as to what we’ll actually be seeing when the series premieres this Fall.
I think by now though we know if by chance it does end up good we’ll see it cancelled as it’s on Fox and if it doesn’t, just like ‘Sleepy Hollow‘, we’ll get four or five seasons of a wasted premise.
Am I being too harsh on ‘The Exorcist’ and you enjoyed the trailer or is this a show that doesn’t need to happen? Share your thoughts below!
Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” broke box office records and terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film, THE EXORCIST returns as a TV series. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), THE EXORCIST is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. FATHER TOMAS ORTEGA (Alfonso Herrera, “Sense8,” “The Chosen”) is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious and compassionate. He runs a small but loyal parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, another priest finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. FATHER MARCUS BRENNAN (Ben Daniels, “Flesh and Bone,” “House of Cards”) is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive and utterly consumed by his sacred mission. Caught in the middle is the RANCE family, members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface, they’re a normal, suburban family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The patriarch, HENRY RANCE (guest star Alan Ruck, “Spin City,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), is slowly but surely losing his mind. Eldest daughter KATHERINE (Brianne Howey, SCREAM QUEENS) has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, CASEY (Hannah Kasulka, “The Fosters”), thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother ANGELA (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis, “Commander in Chief,” “Thelma & Louise”) has been plagued by recurring nightmares, each more frightening than the last. Angela believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries.
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!