Why Aren't we Watching The Exorcist

EDITORIAL: Why Aren’t We Watching The Exorcist?


By Dixielord

We're all friends here right? I don't want to make assumptions but we have built up some small amount of trust haven't we? Sure maybe I'm a little too generous on some films, but overall I try to steer ya right. So, anyway, I think, and hope, I'm not too far out of line in wanting to ask you this.. I just feel I need to ask, and I hope you aren't offended, but, why the fuck aren't you watching The Exorcist?

The Exorcist movie poster / Image: FOX TV and The Exorcist. Fair use doctrine.

I know, I know. I grimaced and groaned when I first heard about the movie being plundered for a TV series. With the critical success of Hannibal, and the commercial success of The Walking Dead, television has been looking for any and every horror property to look for a series. Some, like The Omen are stillborn (too far to stretch for a pun?), but honestly, quite a few have been good to great (Bates Motel, Ash vs Evil Dead). So why are people so reluctant to give The Exorcist a chance? Honestly, I don't know. TV, at least recently, has as good as or a better, record of "remaking" horror properties than the big screen. But we are letting The Exorcist die, and I'm saying "we" because it took four episodes in before I decided to give it a chance.

Geena Davis and Alfonso Herrera from The Exorcist / Image: FOX TV and The Exorcist. Fair use doctrine.

I wasn't willing to give The Exorcist a shot at first

Luckily I have a hand full of friends whom I really trust with movie and TV suggestions. Now I don't always agree, but I agree often enough that I respect them and usually follow those suggestions. So I gave The Exorcist a try.

I loved it. I watched the first four episodes twice to let it soak in. No joke. I'm still watching. It gets better each episode and it doesn't pull any punches. It's bloody and gory, maybe not to the extremes of Hannibal but it doesn't shirk from wetworks. It also doesn't back away from our main character, played by Hannah Kasulka committing murder while under demonic possession. This folks is real horror. The best true horror on television right now. It's good a good story, great acting and some very cool effects. It pays great homage to the Blair possession make up and effects without carbon copying them. What I'm trying to say is, it's really good.

So why aren't "we" as a horror community watching? It has a killer (overused pun) cast including Kasulka, Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrara, Alan Ruck, and Sharon Gless. I'm trying not to give out any spoilers, but the series ties in directly to the original movie. Forget all the mediocre sequels (other than Legion) this is, in fact (possible spoiler), a direct sequel to the classic film starring Linda Blair. Including a flash back type sequence, and "news reel" footage of the after effects of the original film. I should also give a shout out to Sophie Thatcher who plays a young Regan. She does a great job of bridging the gap between Blair and .... I'm not telling you that part. You need to watch. You really need to watch.

Seriously, you need to watch. The ratings, honestly, suck. The fact the show is on FOX isn't comforting, either. With their history, we cant count on them to give the series two or three seasons to build an audience. And we shouldn't get too pissed at them if they cancel The Exorcist. We are the ones who aren't watching, who aren't supporting it. Now if you are watching, ignore this, keep up the good work. If you tried it and didn't like it, well to each their own, at least you gave it a shot. It wouldn't hurt to give it another shot, watch a few more episodes, but I won't harangue you about it.

But for those who refuse to give it a chance... for those who never gave Hannibala chance, what the fuck, man? Horror fans, nerd fans, we got it good right now. Let's not lose another great show because we couldn't even bother to give it a fucking look. We couldn't invest the time to check out four episodes or so. The Exorcist is worth at least that much effort. It will die without our support. If not this season, then next. I don't know what the creator's long term goal is, but I want to see it run its natural course and not end prematurely.

You can catch new episodes of The Exorcist Friday Nights on Fox with past episodes available on Demand.

Posted by Allen Alberson

2 comments

I thought it ended when the Genna Davis, possessed again, twists her mom’s neck and throws her down the stairs. I love the show!

So did I. I really need to get on the right page with this show.

Leave a Reply