The Exorcism

A troubled actor begins to unravel while shooting a supernatural horror film, leading his estranged daughter to wonder if he's slipping back into his past addictions or if there's something more sinister at play.

  • Released: 2023-02-23
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Thrillers
  • Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Simpkins, Chloe Bailey, Sam Worthington, David Hyde Pierce, Tracey Bonner, Samantha Mathis, Adam Goldberg, Adrian Pasdar, Josh Warren, Joya Joseph, Hallie Samuels, Scott Rapp, Robert Fortunato, Drew Broderick, Chris TC Edge, Marcenae Lynette, William Hutchings, Jobie James, Zach Padlo
  • Director: Joshua John Miller
  • jonerogers - 1 July 2024
    Russell Crow is getting pretty good at this evil stuff
    So firstly may i address all the negative reviews here, most of them saying it was not a horror, no big horror scenes... sorry but anyone with an ounce of intelligence will read the genre, yes it does say horror, but also thriller and phycological horror.

    I really liked this film a lot, it was not full of bloody scenes but if you want that go re watch the Saw films. I'm into my films, i watch around 20 films a week as TV is just rubbish.

    Russell Crow is a great actor and backed up by a great actress in Ryan Simkins it was interesting, and really worked. The film was well made, not too long nor too short.

    Many people who leave reviews on here just don't get the bigger picture, always judging movies by similar movies or the books written. I always take each film on its own merit, even if its a copy/remake of another film. Once you do this you'll judge a film on its own standing and find it more enjoyable.

    Overall a great story, good acting and great composition.
  • yashhraaj - 26 June 2024
    A Slow Burn with a Terrifying Finish. ...
    "The Exorcism," a 2024 supernatural horror film, presents a haunting narrative of a troubled actor, Anthony Miller, portrayed by Russell Crowe, whose psyche unravels on the set of a horror movie. His daughter Lee, embodied by Ryan Simpkins, is caught between fearing his relapse into past addictions and grappling with the possibility of a darker, more supernatural influence. Directed by Joshua John Miller and penned by Miller alongside M. A. Fortin, the movie also boasts performances by Sam Worthington, Chloe Bailey, Adam Goldberg, Adrian Pasdar, and David Hyde Pierce.

    Set against the backdrop of eerie sets and chilling soundscapes, "The Exorcism" kicks off with a stunning opening scene that promises a gripping horror spectacle. However, the film soon settles into a slower pace that, while meticulously building the atmosphere, tends to test the patience of its audience. This gradual buildup leads to a crescendo in the final quarter, where the horror intensifies and delivers a series of high-stakes, horrific moments that spike the adrenaline.

    While the film features strong performances across its key cast, the slow development through the majority of its runtime might disconnect viewers from fully engaging with the characters' plights. Russell Crowe, whose presence was a significant draw for many, delivers a nuanced performance that, despite the script's pacing issues, showcases his ability to capture the complexity of his character's turmoil.

    Produced by Miramax and Outerbanks Entertainment, and distributed by Vertical, "The Exorcism" excels in production value, with noteworthy contributions from its cinematography and sound editing departments. These elements combine to craft a visually and aurally disturbing experience that aligns well with the genre's expectations.

    Overall, "The Exorcism" is a film that might cater more effectively to die-hard horror enthusiasts who appreciate a slow build-up to a terrifying payoff. Despite its pacing challenges, the film concludes with a flourish of horror sequences that are both stunning and satisfying. For those drawn by Russell Crowe's star power, his performance is compelling, even if the storyline may leave some viewers wanting.

    Rating: 2.75 out of 5 - While "The Exorcism" offers a classic supernatural thrill with a powerful ending, its slow pace might not resonate with all, making it a selective recommendation for those with the patience for its narrative style.
  • Jamie-sewell-007 - 20 June 2024
    Started off great but then lost its way!!
    I really enjoyed the beginning of the movie. In fact the first 3/4 the movie was brilliant and very original. Absolutely brilliant writing, directing, fantastic acting and a great premise. It built the character is very well and it really was edge of your seat stuff. The suspense was gradually building and I was excited to see what was going to happen. However, suddenly, around 3/4 through, everything changed. The whole feel of the movie completely changed. It suddenly because very confusing. It reminded me of the difference between the first and second poltergeist movies compared to the third poltergeist movie which was completely different in a bad way. The movie went from being brilliant to just kind of... mehh... There's no explanation for this. It feels as if there was a massive chunk taken out of the film and left on the cutting room floor or something? It's like it suddenly lost its way and then they gave up on the movie? Russell Crowe was brilliant throughout the movie and all of the actors were great throughout the movie to be honest. But the movie seems to just lose its way suddenly at around 3/4 of the way through. Odd because prior to the movie had been absolutely brilliant. Either way, I enjoyed it, especially the tormented character that Russell Crowe played extremely well , but I just wish it didn't lose it's way and I don't really understand why it did..