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Jeremy Slater Talks ‘The Exorcist III’ Influence On “The Exorcist” Season 2

In one of the most brilliant twists in television history, we learned about halfway through the first season of FOX’s “The Exorcist” that Geena Davis’ Angela Rance was actually Regan MacNeil, firmly connecting the series to the film franchise as a decades-later sequel. So then, will the forthcoming second season have any ties to the film franchise?

Not exactly, but creator Jeremy Slater did tease some connections in a chat with THR.

There’s a moment from The Exorcist III that every horror fan knows and loves. We’re looking into how we can get that moment in our show this year. It involves a hospital. It’s the single best jump scare in horror movie history aside from Ben Gardner’s head coming out of the boat in Jaws,” Slater teased. “Also, I love the idea of a demonic serial killer. We’re not exactly doing the Gemini Killer (Brad Dourif) this year with the new demon. But, I think you are going to see that this demon has a pattern and a methodology. It’s a boogeyman throughout history that has claimed a lot of notches on its belt. It’s nowhere closer to being finished.”

In the same interview, Slater noted that Season 2 will have an early Spielberg influence, with “some Poltergeist in there.” He also hopes that the cast of young actors this time around will bring an IT/”Stranger Things” vibe to the new season.

Opening an entirely new chapter in the iconic franchise, this year’s second season of “The Exorcist” finds Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and a newly collarless Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil.

“Across the Atlantic, Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) attempts to weed out those within the Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim (John Cho), a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle.”

“When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.”

Zuleikha Robinson, Li Jun Li and Brianna Hildebrand also star.

As previously noted, Season One stars Geena Davis, Hannah Kasulka, Brianne Howey and Alan Ruck will NOT be coming back… but they COULD have cameos at some point.

“The Exorcist” is from Morgan Creek Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Jeremy Slater. Slater, Sean Crouch, Rupert Wyatt, Roy Lee, James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall serve as executive producers.

The new season premieres Friday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.



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34 Comments
  • Aaron King

    This sounds amazing. Loved the first season.

  • J Jett

    THE EXORCIST III is in my top 4 horror movies ever and I loved season 1 of the show so this news is very exciting to read! can’t wait for season 2. that being said, I kind of wish he hadn’t revealed that there will be an EXORCIST III type hospital jump scare this season. the fact I now know this will have me looking out for it. LOL. the brilliance of the jump scare in part 3 is that I had NO idea it was coming. the jump scare in the film was also done perfectly unlike movies like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY etc. etc.

    • Saturn

      Care to tell us what t’other 3 are?

      • J Jett

        sure! in no particular order…

        -THE CHANGELING (with George C. Scott)
        -THE FOG (from Carpenter of course and not the god awful remake. LOL)
        -28 DAYS LATER/28 WEEKS LATER & the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake (i guess it’s a 3-way tie there).

        • Weresmurf

          Credit for recognising the Dawn Remake. It’s a movie that definitely punched above its weight. I appreciated Snyders balls with it. He knew not to try to copy the original beyond its base most elements. He managed to parody modern elements of consumerism, rather than the 70s ideals. It was definitely its own, excellent creature. The only part for me that stood out as a bit ‘jumping the shark’, was like most, the baby scene. Asides that, a great movie.

          • Saturn

            The Dawn remake was a very pleasant surprise – unfortunately the Day remake (the first remake) was dogshite!

          • J Jett

            Saturn, you are 100% right about the Steve Miner directed (Mena Suvari starring) DAY OF THE DEAD remake, it’s terrible but I hate to admit I actually like it! LOL.

          • Saturn

            I was shocked just how bad it was really, as it had a decent enough cast and a pretty good director in place.
            Although I think the movie was terrible, I would be interested in some kind of “making of” documentary to find out why it went soooooo wrong.

          • J Jett

            Saturn, i think what I liked about the DAY “remake” were the zombie kills. the decapitations/half decaps/etc. etc. were pretty cool IMO. but what’s his name going “THE POWER OF GREY SKULL”…yes, it’s quite cringe-inducing! LOL.

          • Weresmurf

            We choose not to remember ANY Day remake lol. I actually know the writer of the Ving Rhames version, Jeff Reddick, absolutely top guy, he wrote Final Destination. From what I remember, it really did sound like he had the project taken out of his hands through interference back then in terms of script.

          • Saturn

            I seem to remember a similar thing happened with NOTLD 4 and 5 – the guy who wrote them (iirc – it could have been the director) actually apologised for how bad they were and claimed that they were nothing like what he original planned – that the studio changed things too much and left the movies being what they were. Supposedly they were originally meant to be more like the original, but for whatever reason the powers that be decided that the rules of the original movies needn’t apply when it comes to head shots…..

            IIRC it was the same company who made the first Day Of The Dead remake AND Day Of The Dead 2 : Contagion.
            They seemed to think that they knew more about what zombie fans want than actual zombie fans.

          • Weresmurf

            Tauren entertainment I think the company was called that handled all of it? Those movies were SHOCKINGLY bad. But yeah, Jeffrey and I have kept in touch over the years, and he’s a top guy, very genuine, loves his horror and like I said, I believe him fully when he told me that. The way he talks, he knows his stuff, and I believe he would’ve added things that made sense, but was *told* to add stuff like the vegetarian Bub (ugh) and the Spiderman zombies (urgh)…

          • J Jett

            I agree Weresmurf! I think the combo of Snyder and James Gunn’s screenplay/storyline paid off big time.

        • Simon Allen

          Yay The Fog and The Changeling (a remake might actually be cool ).
          but for some reason I never really got the 28 days thing .

          • J Jett

            Simon, how DARE YOU not agree w/ me 100000%!!!!!!!!!!
            (joking). 🙂

          • Simon Allen

            Hey …it only happens once in a blue moon JJ !! 🙂

        • Saturn

          Some good shit there.
          I approve. 🙂

          • J Jett

            thanx Saturn! 🙂

  • The Drucifer

    I enjoyed what I’ve seen of the first season(almost there) but it is entirely indebted to a BBC series called APPARITIONS.

    • Saturn

      Ah yes, Apparitions – I remember enjoying that show back in the day. Not sure if it was ever seen Stateside though?
      It is available on youtube and well worth a look.

      BD – feel free to delete the link if necessary – I’m just putting it out there that the show IS available to view.

      • The Drucifer

        It’s on Hulu…sometimes. It comes and goes. Highly, highly recommended for any of you out there who enjoyed The Exorcist.

        • Saturn

          I second the recommendation as I remember enjoying it quite a bit when the BBC showed it a few years back.

          • The Drucifer

            It had something to say about the church, faith and the nature of evil. It’s been awhile but I remember appreciating its honesty when it came to the church. It felt like a show both Catholics and atheists could hate equally.

  • Saturn

    Bit shitty for those out there who haven’t seen Exorcist 3 that that “shocking jump scene (never made me jump tbh)” is spoiled as soon as you scroll down to see the new “news”.
    Again.

    • J Jett

      Saturn, i agree w/ you 100% that the scene discussed here is unfortunately spoiled for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. i pretty much said the same thing in the comments section that you said in a BD article regarding the EXORCIST III’s director’s cut release a couple of months ago.

      • Saturn

        There are those who will say “well Exorcist 3 is almost 30 years old!” but even still, there is a reason why it’s often mentioned on “great horror movies you probably ain’t seen yet!” lists as it really does seem to fly under the radar for many people. Like I always point out, yeah there may be some of us out here who’ve been watching horror movies for the last 20/30/40+ years, there are still newbies who are just discovering horror – and it’s unfair on them to ***spoil*** movies that they may not have caught up on – no matter how old they are.
        I remember there were quite a lot of people who were pissed off because the ending of Split was spoiled for them on here, with no warning, when the movie had only been in cinemas for a couple of weeks or so.

        • J Jett

          Saturn, most definitely!

  • dukeblues1

    Love the exorcist 3

  • umaneo

    I didn’t care for 3, but that scene was nerve wracking and one of the great all time scares.

  • Simon Allen

    Um so far we’ve heard it’s gong to be J-horror influenced and Spielberg influenced and now Exorcist III influenced …….what next ?
    As long as it’s not Ouija influenced LOL .

  • Peter Kushing

    So pazuzu won? Great job Exorcists.

    • J Jett

      wait, what? I thought Pazuzu ultimately lost in the show.

      • Peter Kushing

        It took over Reagan again and then the show sorta ended with these dudes in the Vatican or something.

        • Trent Owens

          what? no Pazuzu got cast out….

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