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.
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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