“If we can give a couple people nightmares, I’ll go to bed a happy man.” – Writer Jeremy Slater
The Exorcist is the latest classic horror film to make the move to the small screen, following the like of Psycho (Bates Motel), Scream, and The Omen (Damien). The show set in Chicago, stars Academy Award winner Geena Davis as Angela Rance, a woman convinced her family, specifically her daughter Casey (Hannah Kasulka) are beset by a demon. As in the film, a pair of priests, one young, one old come to the aid of the family.
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The priests here are Father Marcus (Ben Daniels), who is fully aware of the evils around him, and Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) who feels God has compelled him to take up the Rance family’s case. We see similar types of horrors that we saw in the film, like possessed children, angry demonic voices, and unexplainable things happening.
The Exorcist premieres Friday night, September 23rd at 9:00pm ET on FOX.
THE EXORCIST synopsis:
Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” broke box office records and terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film, THE EXORCIST returns as a TV series.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), THE EXORCIST is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. FATHER TOMAS ORTEGA (Alfonso Herrera, “Sense8,” “The Chosen”) is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious and compassionate. He runs a small, but loyal, parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever. Deep in the slums of Mexico City, another priest has found himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. FATHER MARCUS KEANE (Ben Daniels, “Flesh and Bone,” “House of Cards”) is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive and utterly consumed by his mission – and he constantly butts heads with his adversary within the church, FATHER BENNETT (Kurt Egyiawan, “Beasts of No Nation”).
Caught in the middle of the two priests is the RANCE family, who are members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface, they’re a normal, American family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The patriarch, HENRY RANCE (Alan Ruck, “Spin City,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), is recovering from a traumatic injury. Eldest daughter KATHERINE (Brianne Howey, SCREAM QUEENS) has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, CASEY (Hannah Kasulka, “The Fosters”), thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother ANGELA (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis, “Commander in Chief,” “Thelma & Louise”) believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the Rances’ only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries.
Sneak Peek | Season 1 | THE EXORCIST
Exec. producer Jeremy Slate and star Geena Davis tease the forces of darkness that have descended upon the Rance family.