The Exorcist, Season 1 DVD
As a fan of the original Exorcist movie, I was skeptical of any television show’s ability to resurrect and reboot such a successful and iconic horror franchise. When I heard about a new show on Fox based loosely on William Peter Blatty’s original screenplay, I was intrigued enough to investigate. I decided to watch the pilot episode based on the recommendation of a friend and was spellbound its entire duration. In my opinion, the riveting pilot episode faithfully represents the entire intriguing, mesmerizing, and addictive nature of the 10 episode season. If you like the pilot episode, you will love the show. There are plenty of thrills, chills, jumps, and starts in this modern adaptation that feels remarkably faithful to the original dark, moody, and atmospheric Exorcist story. One of the benefits of having this subject matter in a television series is that multiple episodes allow for a greater exploration of the nature of evil in this world–something a movie cannot address in 90 minutes of screen time. My sense of foreboding intensified with every episode, and this graded, incremental increase in suspense makes this show one of the most addictive I have had the pleasure of viewing
The stellar acting is a major draw for this new show on Fox. The best performances in my opinion were consistently rendered by Alfonso Herrera as the charismatic Father Tomas, and Ben Daniels as the grim, courageous Father Marcus. Both priests convincingly represent forces of good engaged in a titanic struggle against forces of darkness. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the extraordinary performance of actress Hannah Kasulka as the demon-possessed Casey Rance, and the talented actor Robert Emmett Lunney’s disturbing (and chilling)portrayal of the Demon Pazuzu.
The Exorcist is currently my favorite television show for several reasons, many of which I have mentioned already in my review. There is nothing about this show that is less than exemplary. If you are a parent, I think it important to understand that The Exorcist is NOT a lighthearted or comedic spoof of God, his Angels, Lucifer, his demons, or the cosmos (several other shows on television now fill this entertaining niche). Quite the opposite, The Exorcist is a very dark and grim take on the natural order of the physical and spiritual worlds and thus NOT suited for children in my humble opinion. While the story development in this series is slower than modern viewers might expect or prefer, I believe it necessary for proper character development and thematic exploration. The Exorcist is in my opinion the best and most unique television series in the horror genre that has come out in a generation–perhaps ever. Surprisingly, The Exorcist was nearly cancelled by the Fox network after the first season concluded, and was only renewed after fans of the show successfully petitioned the network for its continuation. I’m proud to admit that I was one of those ‘petitioners’ and am elated the show is filming its second season as I write this review. I cannot recommend this television show highly enough for discriminating fans of the supernatural/horror genre of entertainment.
Actors: Alfonso Herrera,Ben Daniels,Hannah Kasulka
Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, PAL
Region: Region 4 for Australia
Number of discs: 2
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release in: 2018