Thursday 16 November 2023

REVIEW: The Exorcist: Believer (2023) - Starring Leslie Odom Jr, Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn


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"The Exorcist: Believer" marks the return of the iconic horror franchise in its sixth installment, directed by David Gordon Green and co-written with Peter Sattler. The film succeeds in continuing the legacy of the original 1973 classic, offering a compelling and visually striking story that emphasizes faith and community.

The plot centers on Victor, a grieving father who, after his daughter Angela and her friend return from a mysterious three-day disappearance with no memory, begins experiencing alarming behavior. Victor’s only hope lies in seeking help from Chris MacNeil, whose past with her daughter Regan might hold the key to combating a malevolent force.

A prominent feature of the film is its stunning cinematography, each frame masterfully crafted to immerse the audience in the eerie and unsettling ambiance.

The thematic emphasis on faith and community as tools to combat oppression adds depth to the narrative, elevating the film beyond typical horror fare. Leslie Odom Jr.'s portrayal of Victor adds emotional weight to the story.

Nevertheless, "The Exorcist: Believer" struggles to introduce innovative ideas and scares, relying on familiar horror tropes, missing an opportunity to inject freshness into the franchise.

The limited screen time for Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil remains a drawback, especially for fans anticipating more from her character.

Set in Haiti and Georgia, the plot unfolds a tale of supernatural horror surrounding photographer Victor Fielding's battle with faith after a tragic event in Haiti and his daughter Angela's possession, intertwined with her friend Katherine's plight. The narrative intricately weaves voodoo, possession, and a relentless quest for answers.

The ensemble cast, led by Leslie Odom Jr., Lidya Jewett, and Olivia O'Neill, delivers solid performances, with Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn reprising their iconic roles, maintaining a connection to the original while allowing new characters to shine.

In summary, "The Exorcist: Believer" is a worthy addition to the franchise, capturing the essence of the original while exploring themes of faith and community. Despite some lapses in originality and screen time for pivotal characters, it manages to offer a satisfying horror experience for both devoted fans and new audiences.

Scoring a 7.5 out of 10, it stands as a meaningful installment in the Exorcist series.

In cinemas now, and also available on digital at

And available to pre-order on home entertainment at