UNITED STATES: Horror fans around the world are bracing themselves for a chilling return to the terrifying world of “The Exorcist” as Universal announces a new trilogy starting with “The Exorcist: Believer.”
Fifty years after the groundbreaking horror film by William Friedkin sent shivers down audiences’ spines, the franchise is back with a sequel that promises to be as spine-chilling as ever.
Ellen Burstyn reprises her iconic role as Chris MacNeil in “The Exorcist: Believer,” directed by David Gordon Green, known for successfully revitalizing the “Halloween” franchise.
Burstyn’s character finds herself confronting not one, but two demonic girls who become possessed after a supposed kidnapping rescue.
As the eerie trailer reveals, the two girls are covered in bloody Satanic markings and display unnerving behavior like devouring pages of the Bible.
The official logline sets the stage for the terrifying tale: Victor Fielding (played by Leslie Odom, Jr.) has been raising his daughter Angela (Lidya Jewett) alone since the tragic death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake.
When Angela and her friend Katherine (Olivia Marcum) mysteriously disappear in the woods and return three days later with no memory of what happened, a chain of chilling events unfolds.
Victor, in his terror and desperation, seeks out the help of Chris MacNeil, the only person alive who has experienced such malevolent forces before.
Alongside Ellen Burstyn, the cast of “Believer” features Ann Dowd, Okwui Okpokwasili, Jennifer Nettles, and Raphael Sbarge, promising a formidable lineup of performances to add to the horror.
The original “Exorcist” film, based on William Peter Blatty’s novel, became a cultural phenomenon upon its release, leaving audiences stunned and disturbed by its graphic gore and intense religious themes.
It earned critical acclaim, securing an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and winning awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound.
With “Believer,” the franchise diverges from its established chronology, akin to Green’s successful reboot of the “Halloween” trilogy, where Jamie Lee Curtis returned as Laurie Strode. Like the “Halloween” revival, “The Exorcist” trilogy aims to bring a fresh perspective to the classic horror story.
Executive producers Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Stephanie Allain, Ryan Turek, and Atilla Yücer join forces to bring “The Exorcist: Believer” to life.
Produced by Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Entertainment in association with Rough House Pictures, the film promises to deliver a haunting experience for horror enthusiasts.
Fans won’t have to wait too long to immerse themselves in the nightmare, as “The Exorcist: Believer” is set to hit theaters on October 13, just in time for the Halloween season.
The return of this iconic horror franchise guarantees a hair-raising cinematic experience that will leave audiences anxiously awaiting the next installment in the newly announced “Exorcist” trilogy. Brace yourselves for terror as evil resurfaces on the big screen once again.