“The Exorcist: Believer” Trailer Unleashes David Gordon Green’s New Installment in Iconic Horror Franchise

Halloween director David Gordon Green has tapped into another iconic horror franchise to scare the living daylights out of us. After expertly taking on The Shape in his ripping Halloween trilogy, Green turns his eye toward arguably the most iconic horror franchise of them all. It was exactly 50 years ago this Fall that The Exorcist landed in theaters and shocked audiences across the globe. Now, the first trailer for Green’s The Exorcist: Believer reveals what happens when Green and horror shop extraordinaire Blumhouse team up to take on the most iconic horror franchise of all time and tap into our most primal fears.

The film follows Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom Jr.) 12 years after the death of his pregnant wife in an earthquake in Haiti. Victor has been raising his daughter, Angela (Lidya Jewett), on his own. Things are about to get very, very bad for them both.

Soon Angela and her new friend, Katherine (Olivia Marcum), disappear in the woods. Not good. Creep things happen in the woods; just ask anyone who’s met the Blair Witch. When they return three days later, something is definitely not right—they have no memory of what happened to them out there, but they’ve brought something back with them. Confronting a force he can’t explain or understand but knows he cannot face alone, Victor seeks out the one person who has seen something like this before, Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn). Thus, The Exorcist: Believer connects to the original film through Burstyn’s MacNeil, who is still processing what happened to her daughter Regan 50 years ago.

Joining the aforementioned cast are a slew of excellent performers, including Ann Dowd as Victor and Angela’s neighbor and Jennifer Nettles and Norbert Leo Butz as the parents of Katherine, Angela’s friend.

The original The Exorcist was based on William Peter Blatty’s best-selling book, and it went on to become a totemic piece of horror filmmaking, setting box office records and nabbing 10 Academy Awards, including becoming the first horror film ever nominated for Best Picture.   

David Gordon Green directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Peter Sattler from a story he wrote alongside his Halloween collaborators Scott Teems and Danny McBride (Halloween trilogy).

Check out the trailer below. The Exorcist: Believer hits theaters on October 13.

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Featured image: An image from “The Exorcist: Believer.” Courtesy Universal Pictures.


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