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Horror Mike Flanagan's The Exorcist | Blumhouse

And as for this Flannigan news, extremely pleased to hear this and excited to see what he does with it.
 
I could never have imagined being excited for an Exorcist film—especially after Believer. But Mike gives me so much hope that this won’t be a bunch of jump scare crap, but a true drama about the existential crisis that religious faith faces in a modern world. He’s already done this with Midnight Mass, but seeing it done in this universe should be interesting.
 
Look forward to seeing which of his regulars he uses for this.

Well, come on, he’s already fitted for wardrobe and everything.

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I mean, on the one hand, I feel like one of the best aspects of the original is that it feels like a straight drama for 30-40 minutes before it drops you into Hell, but… since we’re on the sixth or seventh entry at this point, I could see why you wouldn’t want to test the audience’s patience and instead just cut to the chase.
 
I don't know. I prefer horror stories with personal drama in them as they have far more impact and The Exorcist never felt like something that you're in just for the scares. But I'll wait until I see what he has in store. Maybe that's his way of reassuring the audience that we're not getting another Believer.
 
It should take The First Omen approach in style and surrealism.
 
I do wonder what “set in the Exorcist universe” even really means if you’re trying to distance this from a legacy sequel like Believer.

I mean, it seems like it could just give a passing reference to the events of the original film just as easily as it could be a full-on prequel/period piece or sequel.

I doubt it’s the route Flanagan takes, but considering they’re the only two films that have worked, I’d touch on III just as much as the original.
 
I don't know. I prefer horror stories with personal drama in them as they have far more impact and The Exorcist never felt like something that you're in just for the scares. But I'll wait until I see what he has in store. Maybe that's his way of reassuring the audience that we're not getting another Believer.
The first one has the personal drama in spades. Father Karras losing his faith as his mother's health deteriorates and Chris trying to keep her life together as her daughter suffers.
 


This **** just about made me run up a wall when it first aired. Like the show was good enough up to this point, but the twist cranked it up to 11.
 
Flanagan is the best possible choice to do this but it feels like a thankless task. Hopefully he finds a unique way to do Exorcism scenes because the second a horror movie starts doing That Same Scene From Every Exorcist Movie Ever devoid of any of the substance that makes it so disturbing in the original I start losing interest rapidly. Little girl suddenly having ugly makeup rambling about Jesus and sexual depravity and unveiling dark secrets from the protagonists past is an instant watch checker.
 
I'm not sure a good Exorcist can be done without William Peter Blatty tbh. People will talk about the series, but I always struggle to get into it beyond the first two episodes.
 
So will there be short monologues on religion? I don’t want a typical possession movie with a bunch of jump scares and a child speaking in Latin. I want a slow burn drama about Christianity’s place in a modern world similar to how the original did something similar.
Demons are supposed to speak Arameic. :o
 
I almost feel like the most promising sign that he’s not going to just regurgitate all the same **** as the other Exorcist sequels/Exorcist-inspired films is looking at what he did with The Haunting of Hill House and The Fall of the House of Usher.

Didn’t really adapt either in a straight forward way (and after a certain point, horror sequels are at least 90% adaptations of the original films anyway) and twisted both Shirley Jackson’s book and various works of Poe to craft his own narrative. And if he’s gonna take those kinds of liberties with stories that haven’t been beaten like a dead horse, I feel safe in saying that “Oh look, another possessed adolescent girl” probably won’t be the crux of his film.
 
Heck, Midnight Mass is a prime example on how he can tackle religion and horror really well too.
 
I almost feel like the most promising sign that he’s not going to just regurgitate all the same **** as the other Exorcist sequels/Exorcist-inspired films is looking at what he did with The Haunting of Hill House and The Fall of the House of Usher.

Didn’t really adapt either in a straight forward way (and after a certain point, horror sequels are at least 90% adaptations of the original films anyway) and twisted both Shirley Jackson’s book and various works of Poe to craft his own narrative. And if he’s gonna take those kinds of liberties with stories that haven’t been beaten like a dead horse, I feel safe in saying that “Oh look, another possessed adolescent girl” probably won’t be the crux of his film.
I agree. It's really what makes him fascinating with his adaptations, like how Doctor Sleep was a sequel to Kubrick's Shining and set out to make King happy by closing the loose end that movie's ending didn't do.

On a side note, anyone else think DGG got sabotaged on Believer? He was clearly forced to direct it and sounded like he didn't want to be there whereas his Halloween trilogy you can see his love for that series.
 

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