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Fox Releases 4 Minute Prologue Video for Alien: Covenant

If Fox’s teaser image of the cast of Alien: Covenant two days ago wasn’t enough to whet your appetite for the Ridley Scott project, they’ve just released a prologue video for the film that’s over four minutes long!

Entitled, “Prologue: The Last Supper,” the clip introduces the audience to all of the main cast before the horrors of the plot befall them. This is the first time we see James Franco and Danny McBride in their roles for an extended period of time, and Michael Fassbender has a scene-stealing moment late in the clip. There’s even a “dinner disruption” that calls back memories of the classic panic-inducing “chestburster” scene of the original film. You can watch the entire clip below: read more

Fox Renews Lucifer for Third Season

Variety reported today that Fox has picked up Lucifer for a third season totalling 22 new episodes.

Fox Broadcasting entertainment president David Madden praised Lucifer as, “…one of those rare shows that starts strong out of the gate, and just keeps getting better and better, “Tom, Lauren and the entire cast have really made these characters three-dimensional, and the production team — Jerry, Len, Jonathan, Joe and Ildy — is one of the best in the business. We’d also like to thank our partners Warner Bros. for their commitment to this show and we look forward to seeing where this wildly innovative series takes us in Season 3.” read more

Jeremy Slater, Showrunner of The Exorcist, Provides Brief Update on Status of Season Two

Things have been awfully quiet since Season One of Fox’s The Exorcist concluded. Fans and critics who fell in love with the series over the course of its first ten episodes have been waiting with baited breath for any news about whether showrunner Jeremy Slater will be given a second season to continue his masterful work on the series. While nothing is set in stone, Slater recently revealed a brief sign of hope.

In response to a fan mistakenly mourning the cancellation of the series, Slater responded with the tweet below: read more

Exorcist Author William Peter Blatty Dead at 89

Horror News Network is sad to announce the death of The Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty.  The news was announced today by collaborator and friend William Friedkin on twitter.  Friedkin directed the adaptation of Blatty’s novel which was scripted by Blatty himself.

The Exorcist is considered by many experts as the greatest horror film of all time.  The supernatural shocker captivated audiences in 1973 and currently sits at number nine on the all-time box office list (when adjusted for inflation).  The film not only terrified movie goers, but also inadvertently increased attendance at local churches around the country and the world, putting “the fear of God (or more likely Pazuzu)” into lapsed Catholics everywhere. read more

The Exorcist’s Fan-Led Renewal Campaign Results in Red Feathers for Fox

I’ve heard of fan renewal campaigns involving “read letters”… but “red feathers” is a first!

Fox has been quiet about whether there will be a second season of The Exorcist ever since the season finale aired. While the ratings aren’t great, they are consistent; and the show has developed a hardcore following worldwide due to its sophisticated and nuanced storytelling and its diverse cast of magnetic characters. Back in November, fans began to take to Twitter with #RenewTheExorcist in order to show Fox their strong support for the show.  read more

The Exorcist: The Series “Three Rooms” Episode Review

“Three Rooms,” the final episode of Season One of Fox’s The Exorcist, provides a conservative, yet satisfying ending to the season. Having played most of its tricks in the previous two thrilling episodes, “Three Rooms” dials back on the bloodshed and leads its viewers towards a safe conclusion to the season, and potentially the series. After spending a season proving its excellence to fans and critics alike, The Exorcist leaves its viewers hungry for more.

The events of this chapter probably could have played out over more than the length of one episode. While all of the plot points were nicely wrapped up, there wasn’t as much time for the characters to breathe as the denouement began to unfold. Robert Emmet Lunney’s Captain Howdy was so well developed over the course of the early episodes, his exit seemed a bit rushed. With that said, the moment provided a bonding experience for the Rance family that they’ll never forget! It was nice to see the characters all work together to bring about a positive change. At the start of the season, each member of family seemed like he or she was struggling to find out where each one fit into the family structure. By the final scene, they appear closer than ever. read more

The Exorcist: The Series “162” Episode Review

“162,” the penultimate episode of the first season of Fox’s The Exorcist, continues the series’ tradition of captivating and meaningful storytelling, all while ramping up suspense levels to unprecedented heights as it barrels towards next week’s finale.

Episode Eight featured the surprising deaths of Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) and Chris MacNeil (Sharon Gless). Episode Nine increases the body count by killing off fan favorites Lester and Cherry Rego (Ken Marks and Keira Naughton), Mother Bernadette (Deanna Dunagan), and the entire Convent of Our Lady of Mercy. While this is an incredible loss of characters who have all contributed towards the unique atmosphere of the show, it’s clear that the showmakers are serious about increasing the odds as the story progresses. Captain Howdy (Robert Emmet Lunney) has achieved integration with Angela Rance (Geena Davis), and there had to be serious consequences for it to mean anything. The expression on Father Marcus’ face as he takes in all of this death says it all: there’s no going back at this point. Anything less would have caused the viewers to seriously question one of the following scenes where Marcus pistol whips and nearly drowns Brother Simon (Francis Guinan). The show seems very aware that it can’t raise the stakes without raising the consequences. Suddenly, none of the cast feel safe anymore. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that Fox has not yet committed to renewing the series for Season Two. Maybe Jeremy Slater, the show’s creator, doesn’t want to hold back on telling his story in case the first season is all he gets to tell it. read more

Fans and Critics Mobilize to Save Fox’s The Exorcist: How You Can Help!

With just two more episodes of the first season of The Exorcist to go, fans are concerned over the fact that Fox has been silent about plans for renewing the series for another season. Horror News Network’s first review of the show was lukewarm at best, but the show has grown to become one of our favorite horror shows on television. Other media outlets followed a similar trajectory: Bloody Disgusting recently published an editorial entitled, “I Misjudged The Exorcist and I’m Sorry.” read more

The Exorcist: The Series “The Griefbearers” Episode Review

Chapter Eight of Fox’s The Exorcist, entitled “The Griefbearers” continues to prove the series’ reputation as a quality program that takes creative risks to achieve an expert level of horror storytelling. This episode raises the stakes with the ultimate exorcism of Casey Rance (Hannah Kasulka) and the deaths of two important characters… events which will certainly build towards the high stakes climax of this season.

Geena Davis gives her strongest performance of the season in Episode Eight. Three episodes after a major twist revealed that Angela Rance is actually Regan MacNeil of the original 1973 film, the show now provides Davis with more scenes and more material than ever before. Angela now feels much more like a main character, and her internal struggle over how she is in some way responsible for her daughter’s suffering plays out in numerous interesting ways. One particularly effective scene featured Angela seeing her childhood self in the dusty basement of the classic film, speaking to the Captain Howdy who captivated her as a child. An earlier Horror News Network review commented on how a scene depicting Captain Howdy slowly chipping away at Regan as she lets her guard down wouldn’t have felt out of place in the original film. Through a series of surprise events in the series, the viewers actually get to see that scene!Thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint. Robert Emmet Lunney is creepier than ever before with his bright red and white satin clothing, shoulder bird, and grey nail polish. His interactions with adult Angela and child Regan are perverse and manipulative. It is interesting that his technique seems to be tailored to each individual person he meets. His early encounters with Casey were grossly charming. His early interactions with Regan were creepily childlike. With Angela, he is confrontational and direct. It is clear that the fact that Captain Howdy has been waiting for Angela for over 40 years makes him just as eager to get to her as she is to free her child of this pain. read more

Fox Orders Pilot For The Passage

Deadline is reporting that Fox has order a pilot for The Passage, a series based on novels by Justin Cronin.

The adaptation is written by Liz Heldens with Matt Reeves signed on to direct.

The Passage tells the story of an apocalyptic future that is overrun by vampires infected by a highly contagious virus. Set in 2016 and spanning more than ninety years, the book follows colonies of humans attempting to survive bloodthirsty creatures.

The news of a pilot has been a long time coming for The Passage as it’s road to the screen started in 2007. Producers eventually determined that the book was better set for TV rather than a feature film. read more