The Exorcist has Returned

A while ago, I did a personal blog discussion “The Return of everything.” I didn’t quite mean it to be this literal.

Welcome to the return of The Exorcist. 


They want to make this a psychological thriller, following two priests tackling one case of demonic possession. There’s Father new priest of Chicago, all shiny and new and “progressive,” and probably screwed. The other is … sigh … “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.” While I have no problem with that, there are so many ways to spin that as a negative that I’m almost certain they’re going to make him look like an utter nutcase by the end of the day.

And “it’s the house”? Yeah. Sure. Thanks. I think I heard this movie was called The Amityville Horror. The original incident of The Exorcist (yes, based on a true story) had a little boy playing with occult crap that ended up playing with him.

I’m not sure what’s stranger: That this is actually a series, or that Geena Davis is in it.  Yes, the mother is Geena Davis. I don’t recall the film that much — was the mother such a big role that they got movie-quality star power for it?  Or is Geena Davis not doing that well in this point of her career?

Pros? If William Peter Blatty — author of the original book — is involved, this should be awesome. We should be seeing the entire process of what it takes to get an exorcism performed in this day and age. MRIs, psychologists, every expert scientist in every field should come on the show, run tests, and come up with alternate solutions for what’s wrong with … whoever this child is, I guess.

Cons: If they make this another stupid horror show like The Following or Sleepy Hollow, I’ll throw rocks at the screen.

About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, nominated for Best Horror in the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, an attempt to take Dan Brown to the woodshed in his own medium -- soon to be republished by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and it's follow-up, "Codename: Winterborn." And "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set To Kill" are murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.
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1 Response to The Exorcist has Returned

  1. This looks like it has a lot of potential. Now if they can portray the Church accurately and well, I’ll be very happy and surprised.


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