The Exorcist (Fox TV Series) Review – Episode 1 – “Chapter One: And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee”

The Exorcist (Fox TV Series) Review – Episode 1 – “Chapter One: And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee”

September 29, 2016 3:00 pm 0 comments

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I love horror movies.  More than any other horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” always scared the Shkreli (yes, that’s what he is) out of me.  I think it’s because a Christian upbringing has taught me that this type of horror can absolutely happen.  I could easily become that poor soul strapped to the bed and projecting pea soup at my undeserving family.

For the most part I don’t love horror TV shows.  I’ve managed to lose interest in every season, every iteration, of “American Horror Story.”  I love “The Walking Dead”, but that love is based on the feeling of dread born of their situation rather than any horror tropes that serve as the group’s point of conflict.  Premium channels aside, most horror shows just can’t compete with their movie cousins.

Now Fox has developed a TV series adaptation of “The Exorcist.”  After seeing the preview I was excited to see the show.  It appeared to have all of the elements that would make up a worthy tribute to the undisputed masterpiece that was the movie.

The pilot introduces us to the Rance Family; mother Angela (Geena Davis), father Henry (Cameron…ahem…I mean Alan Ruck), and children Kat (Brianne Howey) and Casey (Hannah Kasulka.) Henry is well played by Ruck as a character that is suffering from either dementia or early-onset Alzheimer’s.  Casey is the “good” daughter who is nice, smiles all the time, plays sports and tries to draw her melancholy sister Kat out of her room for family dinners.  Angela leans on her local parish priest, Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) to assist with the decidedly nasty Kat after noticing some other strange goings on in their otherwise happy home.

The remainder of the episode takes us on Father Tomas’s journey as he has visions and tracks down another priest who he hopes can help.  It’s a slow burn, but when the action arrives it’s fantastic.  There are times we’re made to think that they’re going to reproduce exact moments of the movie in cheesy fashion, but we’re rewarded with surprises that keep us on the edge of our seat waiting for whatever terrible thing will come next.  The ending of this first episode was well worth the ride.  Creator Jeremy Slater managed to out-creep even “Outcast” in the show’s final moments.

I’m anxiously awaiting the next episode.  This episode scored 4 out of 5 stars for me.  The only reason it dropped one star is because of an effect introduced early in the episode that’s reused later in the episode.  Maybe I’m being nit-picky, but it was unnecessary.  If you watch “Chapter One: And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee” you’ll see what I mean.

 

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