# Warner Bros. struggles to replicate the success of “The Exorcist” with sequels
In 1973, Warner Bros. released the iconic horror film “The Exorcist,” which remains one of the most memorable and influential movies in the genre. However, the studio’s subsequent attempts at creating sequels failed to make a significant impact. Now, Universal and Blumhouse are taking a shot at reviving the franchise with a new trilogy directed by David Gordon Green. The first installment, titled “The Exorcist: Believer,” has released its trailer, and it appears to have the potential to live up to the original’s legacy.
# “The Exorcist: Believer” continues the story in the original film’s universe
“The Exorcist: Believer” takes place in the same continuity as the original film. The story follows widower Victor Fielding, played by Leslie Odom Jr., as he struggles to save his young daughter Angela, portrayed by Lidya Jewett, after she mysteriously disappears with her friend Katherine (Olivia Marcum) only to reappear days later seemingly possessed by demonic entities.
Victor, with no prior experience in dealing with the supernatural, immediately senses that something is amiss with the girls. They have little memory of their whereabouts and Angela even starts saying strange things while sneaking up on her father in the middle of the night. As the girls are overcome by convulsions and speak in unearthly, feral voices, Victor realizes that his neighbor’s advice to seek someone familiar with possessions may be the solution.
# Ellen Burstyn returns as Chris MacNeil, adding to the intrigue
One of the highlights of the trailer is the return of Ellen Burstyn, reprising her role as Chris MacNeil, who has aged and gained wisdom since her own daughter’s possession. The inclusion of Burstyn’s character suggests that “Believer” will explore two possessions with a common thread, delving into spiritual practices outside of Catholicism that deal with demonic expulsion. The trailer also features snippets of the iconic “Tubular Bells” soundtrack, further enhancing the anticipation for the film.
Given the significant influence of the original “Exorcist” on the horror genre, particularly its focus on possession, the success of “The Exorcist: Believer” will heavily depend on its ability to truly unsettle and disturb audiences. The film is set to hit theaters on October 13th, and horror enthusiasts eagerly await its release.
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