Horror fans unite. The surprisingly scary but low-rated TV show “The Exorcist” is back for a second season. Every Friday at 9PM, our two priests (ok, one of them has temporarily lost his collar) battle Satan in slick and frightening fashion. In the first season, they were involved with trying to save Geena Davis’s family in a storyline directly connected to the 1973 classic of the same name. Meanwhile, a giant conspiracy was going on to topple the Catholic Church by killing the Pope.
For the second season, the first storyline is apparently over, Season Two is going to focus on a home for disabled and at-risk children. At the head of the home is John Cho (Harold from “Harold & Kumar”/ He should provide additional rooting interest in what promises to be a blast of a season. The two actors playing the priests are both fantastic, and the special effects are top-notch. Fittingly, the first episode of the new season is dedicated to William Peter Blatty, the Oscar-winning writer of the book and movie who died while the show was on hiatus. If you like to be scared, don’t miss “The Exorcist.”
This is something of a golden age for the horror on television, with the likes of “American Horror Story” and “The Walking Dead” scaring millions As a result, it was probably inevitable that “The Exorcist” would be revived on TV. After all, it is one of the scariest and absolutely the most popular horror film of all time. Given the fact that only “Exorcist 3” has been scary out of all four previous “Exorcist” follow-ups, I approached the show with low expectations but I was pleasantly surprised by the pilot. What do we have here? A reboot that acknowledges the events of the original film but looks like it will be able to stand on its own. This show is well-written, acted, and paced. It is very mysterious and suspenseful and Geena Davis is very well cast. I hear the ratings are low, which is too bad because it’s a good spooky time.
I must confess, on the other hand, that I am getting a little tired of “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” It had a great first season, and in episode 1 of season 2 he goes home and meets up with his dad before all hell breaks loose Bruce Campbell is still great and the show is funny. I would like to see, however, more danger and horror, and perhaps more wild departures from the basic formula. How about Ash in love or Ash in space? Endless fighting scenes of Ash and his friends fighting the Deadites are wearing out their welcome.
This is, of course, a sampling of one episode from each show and I will reassess them as they develop. In the meantime, get out your crucifixes and chainsaws and hail to the king, baby! Rumor has it that Exorcist is cancelled after just two shows ( despite high marks from viewers). This is the typical pattern we see in society these days. The better art withers on the vine. Meanwhile, crass commercial shows multiply like a Mogwai in the fridge eating (after midnight). –CoolAC