The Exorcist: Believer follows two 13 year old girls, Angela (Lidya Jewett) and Katherine (Olivia O'Neill) who begin to show signs of demonic possession. Victor Fielding (Leslie Odom Jr.), a single father, reaches out to Chris Macniel, played by returning actress Ellen Burstyn, for help as she is the only one who has experienced something as unusual as this before. The young girl Angela desperately wishes to communicate with her Mother, who unfortunately died before she was born due to an earthquake. Her Catholic friend Katherine creates a plan to go into the woods to help Angela communicate with the dead through a hypnosis ritual, which unlocks a dark spirit that possesses them both. The story observes Victor Fielding and his scepticism towards Catholicism and Spiritualism as he watches his Daughter become a host for 'Pazuzu' who was also the demon in the original Exorcist.
American filmmaker, David Gordon Green, who has produced other Horror films such as three instalments for the Halloween franchise (Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills (2021) and Halloween Ends (2022)), has two more sequels planned after The Exorcist: Believer. However, is it going to do good enough in the box office for this to happen and are critics and fans implying that Green's idea shouldn't go forward?
Film critiques have reviewed the new film as lacking backstory and build up to the plot, saying that it needs more excitement and action. The young actors Lidya and Olivia did an amazing job at portraying two possessed children, however, the structure and storyline of the movie doesn't justify this and leaves room to think what could've been instead.
Nevertheless the cinematography makes The Exorcist: Believer a great horror film to watch, as its unpredictable jump cuts, misdirection, and evil silence, make audiences paranoid and nervous. If you are looking for a classic scare factor horror this Halloween, The Exorcist: Believer is a fantastic film to go watch in the cinema with your friends, or on your own if you dare...
Believer is a fascinating artifact of 2023. It highlights in a myriad ways how much the world has changed since the original's release.
Personally I enjoyed The Exorcist: Believer; it was a scary and anxious film to watch. The actors included in this years addition conveyed each character surprisingly well. Even though critically I can understand that the Believer has various flaws in regards to the storyline , I think David Gordon Green created a short, easy to watch horror film for audiences to appreciate this year during Halloween.