‘The Exorcist’ Review – Regan McNeil Lives On

‘The Exorcist’ Review – Regan McNeil Lives On


The Cast of Fox's The Exorcist /via FOX

Based on the movie by the same name, season one of The Exorcist follows a now grown up Regan McNeil. She’s married and has two daughters, one of whom gets possessed by the same demon that possessed her as a child – in The Exorcist movie.


Regan McNeil in The Exorcist (1973)

The show stars Alfonso Herrera of Sense 8 as Father Tomas Ortega, who runs a parish in Chicago. Angela Rance / Regan McNeil (Geena Davis) is one of his parishioners and is convinced there's a demon taunting her and her family. She tries as hard as she can to prove that she’s not crazy and that she knows what she’s talking about. Given what happened to her as a child, her allegations are more right than crazy! One thing to note about Regan is that she has now changed her name to Angela Rance and completely blocked out her past from memory. She doesn't speak to her mother or keep in touch with any person or situation that could trigger those memories from her hellish – pun intended – childhood that she has tried so hard to burry. 


Geena Davis as Angela Rance/ Regan McNeil & Alfonso Herrera as Father Tomas Ortega

The Exorcist is actually a solid try by FOX to recreate one of the greatest horror movies of all time into a weekly show. The show however struggles with cheap jump scares and slow storylines in some episodes. Look at it this way, when it's good, it’s really good, but when it’s bad, it’s really bad. I however doubt that horror junkies will find it at all scary since it’s more 'Supernatural’ than ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’. Maybe the show would have done a little bit better on the horror and gore front if it was on FX, HBO or even Netflix! But even with the short comings here and there, the show manages to keep you hooked and looking forward to new episodes. 

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Regan McNeal's daughters, Casey Rance (Hannah Kasulka) and Kat Rance (Brianne Howey)

If you like demon possessions and of course, exorcisms, you might want to add this to your watchlist ASAP.

Star Rating: 8/10  

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