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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

The Exorcist: Believer - Old Demons, New Battles

Rating: ★★★1/2☆ (3.5/5 stars)

Released 10-06-2023

Watched 10-08-2023

Reviewed 10-09-2023

Viewed in Theater - Using Cinemark Movie Club

"Wherever those girls went, they brought something back with them."

As the chilling winds of October usher in the season of horror, "The Exorcist: Believer" emerges from the shadows of cinematic memory, firmly staking its claim. This film, while an ode to the iconic 1973 classic, introduces audiences to a contemporary tale of terror that feels both familiar and refreshingly new.

At the heart of the narrative is Victor Fielding, a tormented father caught in the vortex of a parental nightmare as he confronts the demonic possession of his daughter, Angela. The depth of his despair, combined with the haunting visuals, crafts an ambiance of unease that lingers long after the credits roll.

An intriguing facet of the movie is the seamless integration of the old with the new. The reprisal of two characters from the original film serves as a bridge between decades, creating a rich tapestry of lore that will certainly gratify long-time fans while captivating newcomers. Their presence deepens the plot, reminding viewers of the lore's origins while propelling the story into a modern context.

However, the journey isn't without its hiccups. The film's second act meanders, losing some of its initial momentum. The pacing lags, interspersed with scenes that, while atmospheric, could have benefited from a tighter edit. This slight detour in pacing does a disservice to an otherwise compelling narrative, giving audiences pockets of reflection when they should be at the edge of their seats.

Yet, amidst the horror and the heartbreak, there's a cheeky nod that resonates with fathers everywhere—a jovial observation that teenage daughters, at times, can seem 'possessed'. Of course, in the world of "Exorcist Believer", the stakes are heightened, and the terror is palpable, making the light-hearted jest a darkly comedic touch.

In conclusion, "The Exorcist: Believer" might have its moments of languid storytelling, but it's a cinematic experience that is largely gripping. It's an homage, a continuation, and a fresh tale all wrapped into one eerie package. For those seeking a cinematic haunt this October, this film promises a blend of nostalgia and new-age terror that's hard to resist.

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