Exorcist Believer Test Screening for Blumhouse Receives Negative Response [Games]

At a recent test screening of The Exorcist: Believer in New York, the audience was not impressed with David Gordon Green’s new movie, voicing their disapproval on social media.

David Gordon Green’s expansion of The Exorcist, a horror classic, has been long-awaited. He plans to make a trilogy of the movie which follows the strange behavior and possession of a young girl, Regan, played by Linda Blair in the original film. The original was followed by several sequels, such as The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) and The Exorcist III (1990), as well as more recent titles Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) and Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist (2005).

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It has been alleged by Viewer Anon that viewers had a negative opinion of Blumhouse’s The Exorcist: Believer. Most agreed that the film was too long and not particularly frightening, though there was reportedly one good jump scare. Comparisons were made to Green’s Halloween trilogy, which had mixed reviews, especially for the much-criticised Halloween Ends (2022). According to World of Reel’s Jordan Ruimy, “This is a particularly concerning film from Green, due to its release at a time when horror is seeing a surge of daring works from filmmakers such as Ari Aster, Jordan Peele, Robert Eggers, Jeremy Saulnier and David Robert Mitchell.”

Just in time for Halloween, Blumhouse’s Exorcist: Believer is set to premiere. As the release date draws near, the studio will be looking to see if they can improve the film based on the results of a test screening. With the annual slew of horror movies vying for October box office success, this new Exorcist installment needs to stand out to be a hit. This year’s contenders include Five Nights at Freddy’s, a fresh Saw movie, The Nun 2 from the Conjuring universe, and The First Omen which harks back to a 1970s horror classic.

The Exorcist: Believer, penned by Green and Peter Sattler, stars Leslie Odom Jr., Ann Dowd, Lidya Jewett, Jennifer Nettles, Olivia Marcum, Raphael Sbarge, and Okwui Okpokwasili. The Exorcist sequel has also brought back Ellen Burstyn, who had portrayed Regan’s suffering mother in the original, in her original role.

The feature movie The Exorcist: Believer is set to premiere in cinemas on October 13th, 2023.

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According to Viewer Anon and World of Reel’s Jordan Ruim, it has been reported that…