While some were instantly possessed by the trailer for Fox’s atmospheric new The Exorcist TV show, a lot of die hard Exorcist fans aren’t convinced that it is worthy to take on the mantle of the most profitable and culturally relevant horror movie of all time.
Although (thankfully) the show doesn’t strive to be a remake of the William Friedkin classic, the writers have clearly tried to play homage to the original with plenty of visual references, plot points and music that only real fans of the ’70s cult will notice straight away. Below I have broken down moments of note that, along with the general tonal similarity, bring the original and remake together, but first check out the new trailer below.A Mother’s Intuition
Both Exorcist trailers revolve around a mother figure who is the only person who knows the extent of the changes their child has undergone. Although others are sceptical that the troubled teens are possessed, both Angela Rance (Geena Davies) and Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) know that their children have been taken over by something impossibly sinister and will do anything it takes to free them.The Eeriest Of Attics
The eerie attic scene in The Exorcist where Chris almost has her face burnt off by a tempermental candle ends relatively mildly with Karl (Chris’s handyman) telling her that she doesn’t have any rats, and the new Exorcist trailer plays homage to this moment.While Father Marcus Lang (Ben Daniels) is looking in the attic of Angela’s home he is nearly caves his skull in on the rafters after seeing a rat before the really big scare of Catherine (Brianna Howley) inexplicably scuttling and hissing in the darkness. Nope. The Big Daddy Of The Priesthood
Both movies also centre around the premise that Exorcism is a facet of the Catholic church that is cloaked in shadowy mystery and not something for any mere priest to mess with. When Father Marcus meets the Rance family, he is drawn to Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) by a mysterious prophetic dream that shows him this is the demonic possession expert who understands all too well the threat he is facing. In the original movie, Father Karras knows Father Merrin through his reputation alone, but both plots seem to centre around a keystone character who has seen the damage that demons can do and is reluctantly dragged into spiritual battle once more. The Greasy Face Of Possession
Both trailers show us quick teases of the possessed girls and they are showcased in similar ways. The quick flash of the inexplicable greasy and goosebump-making faces is utilized to show us a shocking second of what the priests will be facing and there is no doubt that these aren’t regular sick teenagers.Unexplained Flying Objects
Pazuzu (or whoever this new demonic fiend is) really loves to throw things around for kicks apparently and in the Father Tomas flashback scene we see one of his past exorcisms as a maelstrom of unexplained floating objects.This technique was key to showing Pazuzu’s presence in the original Exorcist and it looks like this visual homage will continue through Fox’s new TV series. If you need to revise the atmospheric original The Exorcist trailer to check out the similarities in tone, beats and creepy imagery, you can check it out below:While the original trailer looks a lot more dated that the classic movie itself now thanks to its relatively slow pacing, there is no denying that it still makes the skin crawl with its eerie soundtrack and unseen, disruptive forces. With a beast this big to look up to, who know if the new TV show will be able to hold its own against the forces of comparison, but it seems like they are paying homage in all the right places to try and create something fiendishly frightening. If there are more jump scares like the one below involved, I’m almost sold…
Do you think that the new The Exorcist TV series will do the original horror classic justice?