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Filmmakers Shock Viewers to the Core with ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ – a Terrifying Homage to the Iconic 1973 Horror Movie

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Filmmakers Shock Viewers to the Core with ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ – a Terrifying Homage to the Iconic 1973 Horror Movie

Get ready to be scared by “The Exorcist: Believer,” the new horror film that aims to frighten a new generation of fans. Director David Gordon Green and producer Jason Blum are thrilled to continue the story of the iconic 1973 horror classic, which still holds up today.

While the film draws inspiration and nostalgia from the original, Green and Blum also wanted to ensure it felt contemporary and relevant to today’s culture. They wanted to explore questions of spirituality and community that are being asked by audiences today.

The Return of “The Exorcist”

Scene from "The Exorcist: Believer"

David Gordon Green and Jason Blum aimed to recreate the feeling of the original movie. (Universal Pictures)

Green and Blum understood the importance of capturing the same unsettling feeling that audiences experienced when they first watched the original film. To achieve this, they reunited with Ellen Burstyn, the original star, and also cast actors Leslie Odom Jr. and Ann Dowd.

The new movie follows the story of two girls, Katherine and Angela, who mysteriously disappear into the woods for three days without any recollection of what happened. As the girls exhibit signs of possession, one of their fathers seeks help from Chris MacNeil, who went through a similar ordeal with her daughter 50 years ago.

Inspiration and Influence

A scene from "The Exorcist"

The original “The Exorcist” left audiences terrified and disturbed. (Warner Bros. Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Green and Blum drew inspiration not only from the original “Exorcist” but also from the horror films that first captivated their imaginations. Movies like “The Shining” and “Friday the 13th” had a profound impact on them, leaving a lasting and unsettling impression.

Blum, the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, known for producing high-quality horror films on a smaller budget, has been instrumental in creating successful horror franchises such as “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious,” and “The Purge.” His passion for the genre was sparked by the lasting impact of movies like “The Exorcist.”

A Change of Plans

Taylor Swift and Jason Blum split

Blum chose to move the premiere date to avoid competing with Taylor Swift. (Getty Images)

The release date for “The Exorcist: Believer” was originally set for October 13, which coincidentally fell on a Friday the 13th, an ideal date for a horror film. However, they decided to change the date after Taylor Swift announced the release of her concert movie. Blum felt it was too risky to go up against Swift’s popularity and decided to avoid any potential competition.

“The Exorcist: Believer” is now scheduled to hit theaters on October 6, offering audiences a terrifying and thrilling experience. Don’t miss out on this long-awaited return to the iconic horror franchise.

Fox News’ Ashley Dvorkin contributed to this report

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