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The Exorcist: Believer devilishly disappointing to watch

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Photo by Promotional materials courtesy of Universal Pictures
Main poster for The Exorcist: Believer starring Lidia Jewett as Angela Fielding (top) and Olivia O’Neill (Bottom). The film premiered October 6, 2023.

“The Exorcist: Believer” came out October 6, 2023 starring Olivia O’Neill, Lidya Jewett, and Leslie Odom Jr. It was directed by David Gordon Green as the 6th installment in The Exorcist franchise.

Telling the story of two young girls: Katherine, a protestant, and Angela, who was not religious though had ties to Haitian spiritualism. They become possessed after disappearing into the woods for 3 days while trying to contact Angela’s dead mother. The rest of the movie is spent trying to expel the demon that possessed both of them. The plot was very similar to “The Exorcist” (1973) which focused on Chris MacNeil, whose daughter becomes possessed by a demon and is joined by Catholic priest Father Karras to fight for her daughter Raegan’s soul.

Although “The Exorcist: Believer” had good production value and passable writing it felt much longer than its hour and fifty one minute run time. Not only was the plot dragged out but it was also all over the place. The demon was exorcized through a combination of Protestant hope and Haitian spiritual cleansing, in an attempt to diversify the exorcist universe. However, it didn’t work. It only made the movie’s climax nonsensical; no explanation was provided to the viewer as to why the rituals were being utilized or how the powers of Protestantism and Haitian spiritualism combined could expel demons. “The Exorcist” (1973) focused solely on Catholicism and took time to unpack the themes of faith and skepticism making the rituals portrayed and the feel of the film itself more authentic.

“They had good actors, a good franchise, good effects, but they just blew it,” viewer Julien Hoffman said. “They didn’t want to take risks deviating from the formula and it didn’t work.”

By the end of the movie I was wishing somebody would have stabbed my eyes out with a crucifix instead of Ellen Burstyn’s. If you want to see a good movie just watch “The Exorcist” (1973), a film that is actually scary and has a much more focused and cohesive story.

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Louis Hoffman, Staff Writer
Louis Hoffman is in his junior year at Lincoln East High school, and his first year on the Oracle staff. There are 6 people in his family, 7 if you count his pet gecko, Gary. In his free time he plays guitar, and watches lots of tv shows and movies. His favorite food is hamburgers, but he likes to try new things. He doesn’t believe in social media, rather prefers to live his life more “off the grid.” His passions for music and the arts is why people locally may come to know the name of the famous “Louis Hoffman.”

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