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SDCC: ‘The Exorcist 2’ is Influenced by Japanese Horror

When fans first heard that The Exorcist was being made into a television series, there were mixed opinions. Some classics should just not be messed with and while there have been other Exorcist films, fans were worried about the idea of tuning in weekly to a show. However, those fears were silenced with the first episode.

We got to host a special premiere of the series and we fell in love with it right away, so when we saw that The Exorcist had a spot at SDCC, we were extremely excited. We love the series but we wanted to hear more about it from those who know it in a way that we do not.

One thing we learned, via Deadline, is that this season will have a Japanese horror vibe to it and honestly, our minds are full of all the ways they could incorporate that type of influence to make The Exorcist bigger than it’s ever been.

Sean Crouch, Executive Producer, had this to say about the influence and why they switched things up this season.

Going into this season, the reason why we switched it up from an upper class urban family was to give it a nature look; the blues and greens make it feel more cinematicIt opens the sandbox to play in other types. A lot of Japanese horror is nature-based and that can influence where we’re going this season.’

The big switch comes in the form of a new location and a new ‘haunting’. The series is jumping to a small island off of Seattle which will give it more of an anthology vibe. This is also where some of the new cast members come into play.

The premise for the second season is as follows.

‘Across the Atlantic, Father Bennett attempts to weed out those within the Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim (John Cho), a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.’

We can’t wait to find out more about the series as time goes on, and with a September premiere date, we expect big promo pushes to be happening soon. Are you looking forward to The Exorcist making a return? If you caught the panel today, what was your favorite part? Let us know.

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