Although fans of Fox’s The Exorcist were thrilled to learn that the series had been renewed for Season Two so late in the game, many were disappointed that the show would no longer feature the fan-favorite characters of the Rance Family of Season One. Geena Davis’ Angela, Hannah Kasulka’s Casey, Brianne Howey’s Kat, and Alan Ruck’s Henry had a lot to do with the excellent character-driven storytelling of the first season, and Season Two simply hasn’t been the same without them. Fortunately, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!
Five episodes into the season, Fox’s The Exorcist has fully returned to form and is now firing on all cylinders! After a shaky start, the series now seems to remember what made Season One so incredible in the first place: character development and slower, more nuanced scares.
The kids of Andrew Kim’s (John Cho) foster home finally feel three dimensional because they’re given some lengthy scenes to be all in the same place to take a breather. The group goes on a camping trip as the result of a thinly-veiled effort on Kim’s part to alleviate the problem with Grace (Amélie Eve), which Kim believes is a stress-induced psychological manifestation. The viewers know that the problem goes much deeper than psychology when Grace begins stalking Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) around the abandoned Kim home. Grace’s supernatural presence is accompanied by stereotypical bumps in the night and swinging chandeliers, but the show really kicks it into high gear with more original scares like the final scene where Grace appears behind the damaged painting and turns into something altogether different. Bonus points should be awarded to the filmmakers for playing the scene without any startling musical cues… the imagery alone is enough for the scene to be altogether unsettling! read more
In January of this year, I wrote that Horror movies are secretly saving Hollywood’s major film studios. Ten months later it turns out that it’s no longer a secret! The New York Times just crunched the numbers and reports that 2017 is “the biggest year in horror history,” citing the runaway success of such hits as Get Out, It, and Split.
As of this Friday, the combined box office earnings of all of the horror films of 2017 sits at $733.5 million. With two months left to sell tickets, that number will undoubtedly climb even higher. The current figure is already $100 million higher than the previous box office champ: the horror movies of 2000. Then, the release of Scream 3, Scary Movie, and What Lies Beneath earned a combined $617.7 million at the multiplex. read more
All season long, I’ve been praying for a miracle that Fox’s The Exorcist would return to form after a disappointing start that didn’t fit thematically with its stellar first season. I’m pleased to report that, while Episode Three takes one step forward and two steps back, Episode Four offers some very promising developments!
Season One of The Exorcist was a slow cooker which focused on character development and an escalating buildup of subtle tension and horror. Season Two took on a different tone by sending Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) and Father Marcus (Ben Daniels) on a road trip where they encounter a ghoul of the week. While the real heart of the season lies in Andrew Kim’s (John Cho) foster home, we rarely see much of its characters because the first three hours of the season focused so heavily on over the top scare gags. While there are a few bumps in the road, the show finally takes a much needed breather by Episode Four, and it begins to take on the shape of Season One. read more
The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween and Horror-themed episodes have a long tradition of including parodies of classic horror films and television including jabs at Night of the Living Dead, The Shining, and the Twilight Zone, just to name a few.
This season’s episode (number 28 if you are keeping score at home) will feature parodies of The Exorcist, featuring the voices of Ben Daniels (who co-stars as Father Keane on Fox’s The Exorcist television program) and the director of the 1973 original that sent moviegoers running from the theaters and into their local churches, William Friedkin. read more
I keep hoping that- just like last year- an episode of Fox’s The Exorcist is going to air that makes me jump up and say, “This is the best horror show on television!” Unfortunately, while Episode Two shows some improvement over last week’s installment, this episode ain’t it.
In last week’s review, I kept preaching about how the series needs to return to the subtle scares which made it so special last season. With that in mind, I’m sure you could imagine my reaction when a possessed woman caused an entire hospital to evacuate (except the staff forgot about the babies), murdered a man, skittered up to the ceiling and scampered around in the ventilation ducts like an Aliens xenomorph, and then returned to her hospital bed with no questions asked after being exorcised by Father Tomas and Father Marcus. read more
Season Two of The Exorcist may have just premiered on Fox this week, but series creator Jeremy Slater and showrunner Sean Crouch are already thinking about the future of the series! They recently sat down with Digital Spy to discuss the show, and they had a lot to say about the future of the franchise. It turns out they are planning for as many as seven seasons, and they know exactly where they want to head for Season Three.
We already knew that Season Two would feature a new supernatural occurrence which is completely separate from what happened to the Rance family in Season One. According to Slater, we’d better get used to it, because the plan going forward is to always move on to a new case with each new season: read more
I was not a big fan of last year’s pilot episode of Fox’s The Exorcist. I found it to be a little too over the top with its introduction of themes, too rushed in its pacing, and too direct in its over-reliance on CGI. However, as Season One unfolded, the series ended up proving itself to be one of the best horror shows on television. Episode by episode, The Exorcist became a slow crawling character study which was reserved in its delivery while packing a hard punch whenever it was needed to further the story. It was nuanced, it was thought-provoking, and it was engaging. read more
Even though It finished second to Kingsman: The Golden Circle at this weekend’s box office, It continued to add to its record-breaking totals by adding an estimated $30 million this weekend for a grand total of $266 million.
Earlier in the week, many media outlets reported the news that It is now officially the highest grossing horror film in history (although it does have a long way to go to catch the Exorcist which made over $232 million in 1973, which when adjusted for inflation totals over $983 million) and it is showing no signs of slowing down either. The film should clear north of $320 million when it finally leaves theaters, and with October right around the corner, people will still be looking for Halloween scares at the theater. read more
It’s nothing short of a miracle that we will be watching new episodes of Fox’s The Exorcist later this month. The first season was praised by fans and critics alike, but the series didn’t do the kind of ratings the network was looking for (To be fair, though, they were pretty decent for the undesirable Friday night time slot that the show was given). Fortunately, the powers that be responded to an aggressive fan campaign and have granted us a second season, which will begin airing on September 29th, 2017. read more