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[Video] “The Exorcist” Season 2 Finale Recreated Iconic ‘Exorcist III’ Scare!

One of the best jump scares of all time just got a remake.

Before Season 2 of FOX’s “The Exorcist” premiered, creator Jeremy Slater teased a tribute to The Exorcist III that we had been waiting for. “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,” Slater said earlier this year.

As it turns out, we had to wait until the finale, but Slater delivered on the promise.

Near the end of this past Friday night’s Season 2 finale, after the season’s central storyline was neatly (and emotionally) wrapped up, we went back to Father Bennett in the hospital to tease the future of the wraparound story – that of the church hunting down exorcists and converting some of them to their cause.

Against his will, Bennett has been converted; he attacked his first victim, a hospital nurse, in a jump scare moment that directly echoed The Exorcist III‘s iconic jump scare.

The Exorcist III served as an all around inspiration on Season 2 of the FOX series, as the island’s demonic serial killer was loosely based on the film’s Gemini Killer.



  • Necro

    Awesome John! I was so hoping this would get mentioned! I mean I figured something about the show would’ve been on here considering it was just the hopeful SEASON finale and not the SERIES finale. But yeah John as soon as I saw it I immediately jumped up and screamed ‘Exorcist lll, Excorcist lll’! I actually just watched that movie for probably what was my 85th time a week ago, I absolutely love it! For this show to show that (to me which is an iconic sequence) was absolutely fantastic! Only in the show it was considerably shorter, but hey I’m not complaining. Needless to say for it to have that as an exit for the finale seriously screams for a 3rd season!

    • MODOK

      Yeah, it was a cool little recreation, though like you, I was hoping they’d draw it out a little longer. I only realized what they were doing a split-second before it happened.

      Hopefully they’ll include some more Legion elements into next season, or even base the whole plot around it. Gotta have an old lady crawling on the ceiling, and hell, maybe even an appearance by Fabio.

      • MySelfDestruct

        I just hope we get a next season! It feels like each season will be its last.

      • J Jett

        MODOK, i agree that the scene (like in the film) needed to be set up a bit longer than what we got. i understand that it being on TV means every second has to be put to good use (with other storylines in the ep/show) but this scene was too short for it to really have any effect IMO.

    • J Jett

      isn’t the movie freaking awesome? it’s one of my all time favorites. it still holds up beautifully even today (as does George C. Scott’s THE CHANGELING).

      • Necro

        You have NO idea how much I LOVE this f**king movie J! And you hit the nail on the head with George C. Scott!

  • Saturn

    You know something, I would have really enjoyed that scene if it hadn’t, yet again been spoiled with NO WARNING WHATSOFUCKINGEVER.
    Yet again JUST BECAUSE IT’S AIRED IN THE US DOES NOT MEAN THAT A SHOW THAT IS POPULAR AROUND THE WORLD HAS AIRED YET IN OTHER TERRITORIES – Hell, I imagine there are plenty of you in the US who haven’t seen the season finale yet.

    It’s happened several times with stuff like The Walking Dead – “it was on last night in the US so fuck anyone else outside of our little bubble!”

    I’m really looking forward to the release of INSIDIOUS 4, which is released a week earlier in the US than the UK, and coming on here and seeing a massive spoiler gif the day after it’s released.
    I can’t wait.

    • J Jett

      Saturn, i’m sorry BD keeps doing this to you/those who haven’t seen the movie or show they are promoting. website Screenrant constantly does this so i stopped going there (i don’t want YOU to stop coming to this site though!).

  • MySelfDestruct

    It was a great sequence. I was a bit annoyed that much of the cast was on Twitter spoiling the episode for fans in the PST. It hadn’t even aired here yet and people from the cast were talking about it with regards to spoilers freely.

    • Saturn

      Welcome to my world.
      Don’t worry about the cast spoiling shows for you – just log on to your daily fix of Bloody Disgusting and have everything spoiled for you! It’s become a blood craze.

  • J Jett

    THE EXORCIST III is in my top 3 horror movies ever. this scene in the film is one of the most amazing, well done “jump scare” type of scenes ever but imo it didn’t work on the show. the second the hallway scene (in the show) started and showed the nurse starting to do her rounds i instantly knew they were going to redo that movie’s scene. i DO appreciate that they went there on the show but due to having to be shortened down since it was on TV, it completely quelled any possible suspense/scariness needed for the scene to be successful.

    • Jeff

      Well I somewhat agree with you. In The Exorcist III, in addition to the momentum, I think also the viewer was well-acquainted with the shears and statue before seeing how they all interacted to create one of the best jump scares ever. However, if they would have done that for the show we’d have called it out long before they ever shot the scare.

      As soon as the shot was a long distance shot (very non-TV which shoots mostly in close-ups to medium distance) in a hallway, I knew that it was coming, but I’d be curious if someone had gone in fresh not having seen that scare in The Exorcist III, if it was scary to them. To us it was a great re-creation (even though I was hoping for more of an actual homage that differentiated itself even a little bit).

  • J Jett

    fuck yes! even reading that dialogue from the film gives me the chills. lol. add in the fucking scary as fuck sound of the voice and it’s perfection!

    • Necro

      Trust me J I had the chills while I was writing it! I know every word by heart! I’ve said this on this site before that in my opinion that has got to be one of, if not THE BEST, performance by Brad Dourif! I know, just about every fan immediately goes to ‘Chucky’, but come on he was downright frightening as ‘The Gemini’ in that!

      • J Jett

        Brad is indeed awesome. his daughter Fiona (on DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY) has inherited her father’s talent. she plays an psycho assassin who’s actually very sweet (i know that sounds weird! lol).

  • AkumajoBelmont

    Yeah, thanks for the spoiler. Much appreciated.

  • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

    Could we arrange a boycott or something of this website? The writers here don’t seem to give one iota of a shit about spoilers and don’t even acknowledge the massive amounts of complaints from readers so it seems like more drastic methods is needed for our voices to be heard.

  • Eric

    Loved this little homage. The only difference to the original was it was the other side walk across, but man it was so cool. In fact I re-watched The Exorcist 3 straight after.
    I remember using a false driving license back in the day to get into see this at the theatres the first weekend it was released. So underrated as a movie.
    Really hoping for another series of The Exorcist as it has to be one of my favourite shows, and has set up such an immense universe to explore if given the opportunity.

  • Beatnation

    Meh props to them for try that’s for sure.

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