The Exorcism – The DVDfever Cinema Review – Russell Crowe

The Exorcism The Exorcism is the latest of many films to substitute a script in favour of jump scares and a whole load of weird stuff happening.

Plus, just over a year since the awful The Pope’s Exorcist, how has Russell Crowe managed to make such a similar film so soon? Is he that hard up? Maybe Ridley Scott can give him a cameo on Gladiator 2, if it’s not already in the can?

After an intro where screenwriter Tom (Adrian Pasdar) walks onto the set of the film, alone, and something freaky happens, we move forward to alcoholic actor and widower Anthony Miller (Crowe), who’s still struggling to keep it together, whilst being estranged from his daughter Lee (Ryan SimpkinsFear Street Part 1 – 1994)… yep, two male names for her, for the price of one.

She also has a brother, named Ty. Who? It all starts with the parents…

Anyhoo, between these two, another actress, Blake Holloway (Chloe BaileySwarm), Anthony’s potential replacement – Joe (Sam Worthington, turning up to cash the cheque and not much else), on-set religious consultant Father Niles Crane…, sorry, Father Conor (David Hyde PierceJulia) and director Peter (Adam GoldbergWaking Life), one character gets possessed and needs to be turned back to normal.

However, their film is basically a remake of The Exorcist, and “trying to make the best film that they can“, yet ends up turning into a film that is JUST like a remake of The Exorcist!

In fact, the more their filming schedule drags on, Peter tells Anthony how important it is that they complete his film. Such a shame that the cast and crew of The Exorcism didn’t abandon this one.

Similarly, we all know that The Exorcist: Believer was such a flop that it led to Univeral – who paid $400m to Warner for the Exorcist rights alone – to cancel the two planned sequels. However, they’re reportedly still trying to make another film in 2026! Just give it up! None of the Exorcist sequels ever turned out well, in financial terms or in critical acclaim.

Want to see something great? Go check out Late Night With The Devil!

As an aside, was Crowe’s character’s surname a callback to Jason Miller, aka Father Karras from The Exorcist?

So, last year, Russell Crowe was an actor playing an Italian Priest who performed exorcisms in The Pope’s Exorcist.

How things change just over 12 months on, where Russell Crowe is an actor playing another actor, whose character is a priest, and is about to perform an exorcism in… The Exorcism.

I expect for 2025, Russell Crowe will be an actor playing musician Rob Halford, lead shouter for Judas Priest. You heard it here first!

Either way, what’s next for Russell Crowe?…

The Exorcism is in cinemas now, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD. However, once announced, it will appear on the New DVD Blu-ray 3D and 4K releases UK list.

The Exorcism – Official Trailer – Vertical

Detailed specs:

Running time: 95 minutes
Release date: June 21st 2024
Studio: Vertical
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Cinema: Odeon Trafford Centre
Rating: 1/10

Director: Joshua John Miller
Producers: Bill Block, Ben Fast, Kevin Williamson
Screenplay: MA Fortin, Joshua John Miller
Music: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans

Anthony Miller: Russell Crowe
Lee Miller: Ryan Simpkins
Joe: Sam Worthington
Blake Holloway: Chloe Bailey
Peter: Adam Goldberg
Tom: Adrian Pasdar
Father Conor: David Hyde Pierce
Regina: Tracey Bonner
Monica: Marcenae Lynette