Moments ago, we brought you the first trailer for FOX's Lethal Weapon TV series. We looked upon it, and saw that it blew.
Now we've got a trailer for FOX's take on The Exorcist. I submit to you that it's also not-great, but that it does not blow to the same degree that the Lethal Weapon trailer blew. See what you think.
Here are some positive things I will say about this trailer: the entire production looks top notch, Geena Davis remains awesome, and no other show on TV has ever featured this many sexy priests.
Here are my two chief complaints about this trailer (and, indeed, an Exorcist TV series in general): nothing here looks scary, and I'm not convinced that The Exorcist is the kind of thing that lends itself to an ongoing TV series. I'm assuming that each season will have to take on a different case, right? Maybe the two sexy priests travel around, helping out a different family each season? Let's see what the plot description has to say for itself.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), 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.
Y'know what? I'll probably give this a whirl. I'm not expecting to be blown away, but I'm curious to see how this plays out, and it'd be the most pleasant surprise ever if we had a worthwhile horror series to look forward to every week (don't even mention American Horror Story to me, you savages).
The Exorcist premieres on FOX this fall. You gonna join me in giving it a shot or nah?