‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Trailer Unleashes a New Trilogy of Chills

David Gordon Green, the man behind the latest Halloween trilogy, is partnering with Blumhouse Productions to resurrect another iconic horror franchise. Exactly 50 years ago this fall, The Exorcist made headlines and history at the box office—not to mention scared the bejesus out of audiences around the world. This October, on Friday the 13th nonetheless, a new chapter of evil begins in The Exorcist: Believer.

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Director David Gordon Green on the set of The Exorcist: Believer  │ Image: Universal Pictures
Director David Gordon Green on the set of The Exorcist: Believer  │ Image: Universal Pictures

When The Exorcist, based on the best-selling book by William Peter Blatty (which was itself based on real events?!), hit theatres in 1973, it caused a visceral reaction. Audience members ran screaming from the sneak preview screening, giving the film all the marketing it needed. Released in the US the day after Christmas, audiences lined up around the block across multiple cities.

The box office hit became something of a divisive topic among moviegoers, with tons of people reportedly passing out and throwing up during screenings. Despite all the controversy that ensued, The Exorcist went on to earn 10 Academy Award nominations, becoming the first horror film ever nominated for Best Picture. It inevitably spawned a slew of sequels and prequels, but if this new iteration is anything like Gordon Green’s Halloween trilogy, The Exorcist: Believer is likely to ignore them all. 

Angela Fielding (Lidya Jewett) and Katherine (Olivia Marcum) in The Exorcist: Believer │ Image: Universal Pictures
Angela Fielding (Lidya Jewett) and Katherine (Olivia Marcum) in The Exorcist: Believer │ Image: Universal Pictures

In the new film, Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom, Jr.) is raising his daughter Angela (Lidya Jewett) on his own, following the death of his pregnant wife in a Haitian earthquake 12 years prior. When Angela and her friend Katherine (Olivia Marcum) disappear in the woods and return three days later with no memory of what happened, a terrifying chain of events follows.

In desperation, he seeks out the only person alive who has witnessed anything like it before: Chris MacNeil. For the first time since the original 1973 film, Oscar-winning legend Ellen Burstyn reprises her iconic role as Chris MacNeil, a woman forever altered by what happened to her daughter Regan five decades before.

Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) and Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom, Jr.) in The Exorcist: Believer │ Image: Universal Pictures
Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) and Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom, Jr.) in The Exorcist: Believer │ Image: Universal Pictures

Also starring Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, and Norbert Leo Butz, this hellraiser arrives from a screenplay by Peter Sattler and Green, based on a story by Scott Teems, Danny McBride and Green, and based on the characters created by William Peter Blatty. It’s produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse and by David Robinson and James G. Robinson for Morgan Creek Entertainment.

David Gordon Green, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have also just announced they will release the second chapter in the unholy trilogy, titled The Exorcist: Deceiver, on 18 April 2025–which happens to be Easter weekend.


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Chad Kennerk is a storyteller, entertainment writer, and self-proclaimed cinephile. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from The Actors Studio in New York City, a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University, and attended the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He serves as the Digital Editor of Film Review, and as an Analyst/Staff Writer for Boxoffice Pro.