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The Exorcist TV series trailer reveals a battle between good and evil

05.16.2016by: Eric Walkuski

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Fox has just unveiled the first trailer for their upcoming television series The Exorcist, and you'll find it below. While not exactly an abomination sent from the bowels of hell, it does indeed look straight off the demonic possession assembly line. The trailer doesn't remind me too much of William Friedkin's THE EXORCIST... but it does remind me of the film's countless imitators. I didn't attempt counting all the predictable tropes; I lost count somewhere between the bird flying into the window and the freaky girl in the attic. The familiar Tubular Bells theme doesn't add much other than a yearning to just watch the classic OG version.

Here's the long, long synopsis:

THE EXORCIST is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. FATHER TOMAS ORTEGA (Alfonso Herrera, “Sense8,” “The Chosen”) is the new face of the Catholic Church: progressive, ambitious and compassionate. He runs a small but loyal parish in the suburbs of Chicago. He has no idea that his quiet life is about to change forever. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, another priest finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with evil. FATHER MARCUS BRENNAN (Ben Daniels, “Flesh and Bone,” “House of Cards”) is a modern-day Templar Knight, an orphan raised since childhood by the Vatican to wage war against its enemies. Father Marcus is everything Father Tomas is not: relentless, abrasive and utterly consumed by his sacred mission. Caught in the middle is the RANCE family, members of Tomas’ parish. On the surface, they’re a normal, suburban family, but all is not as it seems in this household. The patriarch, HENRY RANCE (guest star Alan Ruck, “Spin City,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), is slowly but surely losing his mind. Eldest daughter KATHERINE (Brianne Howey, SCREAM QUEENS) has become a recluse who refuses to leave her room. Her younger sister, CASEY (Hannah Kasulka, “The Fosters”), thinks she’s hearing strange noises coming from inside the walls. And mother ANGELA (Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis, “Commander in Chief,” “Thelma & Louise”) has been plagued by recurring nightmares, each more frightening than the last. Angela believes there is something in the house, a demonic presence, growing stronger by the day. Desperate, she begs Father Tomas for help, unwittingly setting the naïve young priest on a collision course with Father Marcus. Separately, each faces an insurmountable task, but together they become the only hope against an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries.

Alfonso Herrera, Geena Davis, Hannah Kasulka, Ben Daniels and Alan Ruck star in The Exorcist; Rupert Wyatt helmed the pilot.

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