Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Here’s the thing about the television adaptations of The Exorcist and Scream – they both sound like terrible ideas. They booth reek of desperation, of television networks dragging a popular and familiar name kicking and screaming into another medium, hoping that name recognition alone will attract an audience. In the age of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, an age where horror on television has actually become popular, these shows feel like they should be the half-assed attempts to cash in on the small screen’s current obsession with things that go bump in the night.
But this is the point where I choke on my words, eat my hat, etc. Fox’s television riff on The Exorcist and MTV’s reinvention of Scream are not only good, but they’re also two horror-themed shows I’d actually recommend above the other major players in the genre this Halloween. I’m as surprised as anyone when I say that if you can only find time for two spooky shows to binge-watch during the season of the witch, pick these.
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While next month will see a number of great movies arriving on Netflix (in the United States), it will also see more than a few must-see films vanish. Here are the movies leaving Netflix in October 2016 that you need to catch before they’re gone. Read More »
The Toy Box is a recurring feature at /Film that rounds up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
Today we’ve got a set of some of the best Ghostbusters figures I’ve ever seen, a new Hot Toys version of Finn as FN-2187 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a great collectible version of the Batmobile from the classic 1966 Batman television series and more.
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Most of the time, movie titles come and go without much pomp and circumstance. After all, audiences already know what movie they’re sitting down to see, so why bother being flashy about it? Well, some of the best movie title designs immediately immerse you in the world in which you’re about to spend a couple hours, which is why some of the most iconic ones really stand out.
Movie title designer Dan Perri, who has worked on films such as Star Wars, Gangs of New York, The Exorcist and more, is profiled in the latest installment of Academy Originals ongoing series “Credited As.” The documentary short dives into the craft of movie title design, shining a light on the craft that you’ve probably never spent more than a minute thinking about in your head. Read More »
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Let’s consider the importance of a good trailer for a new television show in this day and age. As audiences, we are spoiled: there is simply too many good shows out there and it’s nearly impossible to stay on top of them all. Word of mouth can do a great deal in the long run, but an exciting preview is worth a thousand internet comments saying “You know what? It’s actually really good!”
So let’s check out the new trailers for Sherlock, The Exorcist, and the Prison Break revival and start crafting our new TV schedules now.
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The Exorcist is the latest classic movie getting the TV treatment. Executive producer Jeremy Slater, who already experienced a different sort of franchise in 2015’s Fantastic Four, got out ahead of the fall premiere on Twitter. He tweeted that one reason he took on The Exorcist was so no one else would remake it. He also shared Deadline’s report that Alan Ruck had been bumped up to series regular.
Last week, Fox screened the pilot for The Exorcist to press. The show takes place in present day, though Google searches show that the Father Merrin exorcism still happened. Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) is helping the Rance family in his church. Angela Rance (Geena Davis) thinks there’s more than just a degenerative head trauma plaguing her husband (Ruck), and her daughters are manifesting symptoms too. Ortega has vivid dreams of another exorcist, Father Marcus Lang (Ben Daniels), and the pilot features some new twists on classic Exorcist images.
We had a chance to speak with Slater during the reception for the pilot screening. Some spoilers follow, but most likely things that will be hyped up in the trailers for the show anyway. Read More »
Movie studios aren’t the only ones obsessed with remaking anything and everything. Television networks have jumped on board the lack-of-creativity train and have been working on recycling plenty of movies for the small screen. FOX has no less than three different remakes coming for the upcoming 2016-2017 season and they come in the form of TV shows for Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist as well as a TV movie version of the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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In today’s edition of TV Bits:
- Fox brings new shows based on The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon to series.
- Channel 4 announces a Philip K. Dick anthology series.
- Sean Harris is replaced on American Gods.
- FX orders a pilot script for a Sons of Anarchy spin-off.
- Jack O’Connell joins the cast of Netflix’s Godless.
- The new trailer for Orange is the New Black season 4 is here.
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Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort have announced that The Exorcist will be coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2016. Each theme park will have its own horrifying but different maze. Learn more information and watch a teaser trailer, after the jump.
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In this edition of TV Bits:
- The Exorcist pilot has cast Geena Davis.
- Breaking Bad‘s composer will work his magic on Preacher.
- Gary Busey has joined the cast of Sharknado 4, because of course he has.
- 24: Legacy adds another new cast member.
- HBO is planning a whole bunch of new shows.
- Leighton Meester joins the cast of Making History.
- Houdini & Doyle reveals a new poster.
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