THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER – Review by T. J. Callahan

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The Exorcist: Believer : Possession isn’t a Catholic invention.

Let my people go. Errr, wrong movie, same sentiment. 50 years after The Exorcist, based on the book by William Peter Blatty, scared the bejeezus out of us in movie theaters, director David Gordon Green (Halloween, Pineapple Express) and Blumhouse Productions felt possessed to scare up more box office success with another film about possessed girls.

The Exorcist: Believer puts two families at the mercy of the church when their daughters disappear into the woods one afternoon and return three days later with some extra supernatural baggage. Secrets are spilled along with blood as the community comes together with religion, voodoo and OG, Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) to help expel the evil.

A familiar and capable cast surrounds Burstyn including Leslie Odom, Jr, Jennifer Nettles, Norbert Leo Butz and the incomparable Ann Dowd. But this crew can’t save an undistinguished Devil movie. Full disclosure, the original Exorcist was the ONLY horror movie that ever really freaked me out. In The Exorcist: Believer the effects are better than the affects. There are only a few jump scares, the demon daughters look like overly demented Chucky dolls and the classic theme music is muted.

What makes a scary movie so fun is seeing it in a full theater with an animated crowd. Believer won’t satisfy your need to scream. The fright level is low. The movie poster is scarier. The ending was the best, but not necessarily because it was over. For the sixth installment of a series and the first in a projected trilogy, my husband, Ricky, gives The Exorcist: Believer two unimpressed 👀s open.

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T. J. Callahan

Texas Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the Marconi Award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT in Houston to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for Houston Radio Platinum and 101 Gold , Southern New Mexico's favorite radio station. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and The Sam Malone Show on KNTH in Houston. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her Friday and Saturdays on and on Friday afternoons on the Leslie T. Travis Show on KVLC FM in Las Cruces. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association and the Houston Film Critics Society. She truly believes everything in life is one degree of Blazing Saddles.