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"The Exorcist" review by Suzanne 9/21/16
Premieres Friday, September 23 on FOX


I really enjoyed the first episode of this show, and I hope it stays good as the season continues! I'm a sucker for a good scary or supernatural show, as long as it doesn't get too gross.  Unlike the original movie, this show is on a TV network, not cable or in a movie, so it can't be nearly as graphic.  However, it is plenty scary and creepy, nonetheless.

First, I have to say that the casting is outstanding. Geena Davis -looking more plain, like an ordinary person, than we've probably ever seen her - plays a Chicago matriarch of a wealthy family, Angela Rance.  She's worried because she keeps hearing and seeing strange things in the walls, and one of her daughters, Kat (Brianne Howey), who's gone through a traumatic accident, is acting weird.  Her poor husband (the wonderful Alan Ruck) seems to have some sort of early Alzheimer's.  They also have another daughter, Casey (Hannah Kasulka), who appears to be the normal one in the family.

The hero of this show is the young, handsome Latino priest, Tomás Ortega, who is very modern and is having a hard time believing in demons and exorcisms. He's played by actor/singer Alfonso Herrera, who's most known for telenovelas and the great Netflix scifi series, "Sense8."  He has some strange dreams about an older priest, Father Marcus (Ben Daniels, one of my favorite actors, ever since "Law & Order: UK"), who has done some exorcisms, including a failed one in Mexico. Strange forces are at work in uniting the two priests, but are these godly forces, or demonic ones?

Even though this is a horror show, it's done in a very realistic way. Other shows might have given the people a more creepy or weird vibe, but they did it right here in making the characters real and believable.  The special effects are pretty good, too, and they do a great job of making you jump out of your chair. The end of the first episode is fabulous and very enjoyable. I can't wait to see what happens next!


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.

THE EXORCIST is from Morgan Creek Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Jeremy Slater (“Fantastic Four”). The series is executive-produced by Slater, Emmy Award nominee Rolin Jones (“Friday Night Lights,” “Weeds”), Rupert Wyatt, Roy Lee (“Hidden,” “Run All Night”) James Robinson (“Dream House”), David Robinson (“Dream House,” “The Good Shepherd”) and Barbara Wall (“Boss”). Wyatt also served as director on the pilot. “Like” THE EXORCIST on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @TheExorcistFOX and join the discussion using #TheExorcist. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @TheExorcistFOX.

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