Fox managed to accomplish something surprising last year when it brought The Exorcist to TV. Not only did it not tick off fans, but the show managed to actually connect to the mythology of the original movie. Which is sacred ground for horror fans. As we head into The Exorcist season 2, creator Jeremy Slater has revealed that the show is looking to take something from less sacred ground, but something that fans love nonetheless. According to Slater, the show's next season will be directly influenced by The Exorcist 3.
Jeremy Slater recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about The Exorcist season 2 and the influences that will be used. He revealed that they are going to try and work one of the best jump scares in the history of cinema, something from The Exorcist III that fans know very well, into The Exorcist season 2. Here's what he had to say about it.
"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. 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."
Much in the way that The Exorcist season 1 connected to the first movie, it sounds like Jeremy Slater is hoping to find a way to connect this season to The Exorcist III. Warning: possible spoilers ahead. The moment in question comes in the third movie when a nurse meets her demise at the hands of some huge shears. It is hard to do the moment any justice with words alone, but if you haven't seen it, The Exorcist III is worth a watch for this one moment alone.
William Friedkin's masterpiece The Exorcist has had some famously terrible sequels. Exorcist II: The Heretic was nothing shy of a disaster and both prequels, Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, both did their best to tarnish the franchise as well. That said, The Exorcist III is easily the best of the sequels, featuring Brad Dourif, the man behind the voice of Chucky in the Child's Play franchise, as a demonic killer. He turns in a truly great performance in a somewhat uneven but not totally unworthy movie.
That said, fans had some reasonable hesitation when it was announced that The Exorcist was coming to TV. But Jeremy Slater has managed to make it a success and if he can somehow bring the mythology of The Exorcist III into The Exorcist season 2 successfully, this could be something to really look forward to. The Exorcist season 2 is set to air on September 29 on Fox.