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SDCC 2017: The Exorcist Panel

Returning cast Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, and Kurt Egyiawan as well as executive producer Jeremy Slater were on hand for a victory lap to celebrate the renewal of “The Exorcist.” John Cho and Brianna Hildebrand, as well as new executive producer Sean Crouch, all new to Season 2 and not previously announced for the panel, were also on hand to talk a bit about the show.

An immediate question asked was “is it scarier?” and unfortunately this was not really answered very specifically, Daniels did go on to let the fans know that the show had now “exploded open in rural American” and was no longer stuck in the city setting allowing more freedom for the story. We learned also that an island off the coast of Seattle is the setting for the next tale. Intriguingly, Crouch noted that there will be a lot of nature-based horror heavily inspired by Japanese horror movies. read more

John Cho Joins the Cast of Fox’s ‘The Exorcist’ Season 2

With only a couple of months left before its September 29th premiere date, we are beginning to learn more and more about the elusive plot, setting, and characters of Fox’s The Exorcist Season Two. We knew early on that Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera’s demon-battling priests would be moving on from the Rance family and it’s matriarch, played by Geena Davis. With today’s news, we have a better idea of where they’ll be heading. Deadline reports that John Cho has joined the cast for Season Two, and he will be filling a major role which will take the series in a new direction. Fans know Cho for his work in the current Star Trek theatrical series and his character, Harold, of the Harold & Kumar series of comedy films. read more

Fox’s ‘The Exorcist’ Gets Release Date and New Executive Producer for Season 2

After narrowly escaping cancellation, Fox’s stellar The Exorcist television series is finally entering production on Season Two! We’ve already learned that there will be a major shakeup in the cast next season (No Geena Davis; no Rance family), and now we have a better idea of who will be involved with the project and when it will air.

Fox has announced that The Exorcist Season Two will premiere on Friday, September 29th, 2017. The show also aired on Friday night last year, which likely contributed to its difficulty in netting a higher viewership than the smaller, but very passionate, following it developed. Fox is doing the series no favors by keeping it on Fridays this season as well. On the other hand, last year’s gossip suggested that the show was able to get away for more visceral and questionable content because of it’s low profile time slot. So long as Fox continues to support the series based on on its creative merits rather than an unreasonable expectation for ratings despite the time that it airs, this could be a win-win for everyone. read more

Rance Family Not Returning to The Exorcist Season Two Cast List

Many horror fans were pleased when Fox announced that the Exorcist would be receiving a second season order.  It was also hinted at in the finale that the focus of the show would switch to another family or case.

TV Line recently confirmed this switch, reporting that series regulars Alfonso Herrera, Kurt Egyiawan, and Ben Daniels would return to investigate another demonic case, but that the Rance family would not, meaning that Geena Davis, Alan Ruck, Hannah Kasulka and Brianne Howey would not be returning as official cast members. read more

William Friedkin’s Documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth, Acquired by LD Entertainment

William Friedkin, the legendary director of 1973’s The Exorcist is about to return to the subject matter which first shocked moviegoers nearly 45 years ago! Variety reports that LD Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Friedkin’s new real-life documentary entitled The Devil and Father Amorth. The documentary will follow the exorcism practices of Father Gabriele Amorth (May 1st, 1925 – September 16th, 2016), an Italian Roman Catholic priest and exorcist of the Diocese of Rome.  read more

Fox’s The Exorcist Renewed for Season Two

With Fox’s 2017 Upfronts just days away, the uncertain futures of a trio of horror television shows have been the source of speculation and uncertainty. On May 9th, Fox cancelled Sleepy Hollow after four seasons. The future of Scream Queens is still unknown. But today came arguably the most important confirmation for the 2017 season: The Exorcist has been renewed for Season Two!

While the show’s ratings have never been fantastic, it gained a strong following of dedicated viewers who found it to be one of the smartest horror shows on television. Fans and horror sites alike (including this one) mobilized fan campaigns to beg Fox for a renewal, but the network remained quiet about the future of the series for nearly five months. read more

Doug Liman Cites ’70s Horror Classics as Inspiration for Upcoming Justice League Movie

Producer/Director Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) has good news for comic book fans who are getting a little sick of the constant stream of paint by numbers, derivative superhero movies with cheesy jokes that have been flooding the multiplex over the past several years. He recently sat down with Cinema Blend to discuss his vision for the upcoming Justice League Dark film, and it’s all good news for comic book fans and horror fans alike! Turns out, character development will be on display front row, center this time around, and Liman is looking to capture elements of the horror classics of the 1970s that he loves when making this movie. Here’s what he had to say: read more

Get Out is the Second Highest Grossing R-Rated Horror Film of All Time

Get Out, Jordan Peele’s  directorial debut, had some choice words for Ridley Scott’s 2001 film, Hannibal over the weekend: “Get Out of the #2 spot!”

For the past 16 years, no R-rated horror film has been able to exceed Hannibal‘s domestic total gross of $165, 092,268. Made on a production budget of $87 million, the film debuted to a rabid worldwide audience who were eager to see more of Anthony Hopkins in his iconic titular role. The film easily hit the #2 all time domestic slot for R-rated horror films, second only to the 1973 classic, The Exorcist (which has a domestic lifetime gross of $232,906,145). 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

New Netflix Documentary, Hostage to the Devil, Reveals Details About Priest Who Inspired The Exorcist

Netflix just added a new documentary to its library, entitled Hostage to the Devil, which explores the world of real-life exorcisms. The documentary reveals new key details about Father Malachi Martin, who was an Irish Catholic Priest, author, and professor. He is said to be the real-life inspiration for the book and film, The Exorcist. The documentary is named after a book written by Martin, of the same title.

In the documentary, a former CIA agent named Robert Marrow claims that Father Malachi Martin’s death was related to an exorcism he was performing on a child. Marrow states that an invisible force pushed Martin down, and he died from his injury at the age of 78. read more