Fox is creating some early hype for Halloween this year by rolling out first trailers and teasers for some of the new offerings on their fall schedule, chiefly reboots of Halloween classics “The Exorcist” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show” – one terrifying and one terrifyingly campy!
Firstly, “The Exorcist”, a new series based on the movie that was based on the book by William Peter Blatty. Though, looking at this trailer, and having both seen the movie and read the book, this show resembles neither. The very basic factors are there – a teenage girl gets possessed by a demon, and a young Catholic priest seeks out the help and advice from an older, more seasoned Catholic priest. But the similarities stop there. For starters the members of the possessed girl’s family have doubled, from just a mom and her daughter in the film and book to two parents and two daughters in the series. This also appears to be just a regular, average suburban family, whereas the mother in the book and film was a famous movie actress. Instead, this version of the mother is only being played by a famous movie actress, namely the amazing and not-seen-enough-these-days Geena Davis. On the whole, the show looks like your typical horror fare, with lots of special effects and ultra-creepy and “epic” imagery. What made both the film and book work, though, was its simplicity. The demon manipulating the young priest by impersonating his dead mother was just as effective in the creep department as an attic chase scene, in my opinion. But check out the trailer below and judge for yourself!
Next, “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, a one-night movie event for probably not all ages! A lot of buzz has been surrounding this project, especially when it was announced that transgender “Orange Is The New Black” actress Laverne Cox would be playing the sweet transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter, taking over the role Tim Curry made (in)famous in 1975. Here we get our first look of Laverne as the fierce and fabulous alien from Transsexual Transylvania, as well as glimpses of Victoria Justice as the virginal Janet Weiss, Ryan McCartan as her fiancé Brad Majors, Reeve Carney as the handyman Riff Raff, and Annaleigh Ashford as groupie Columbia. The film will also feature Christina Milian as Magenta (yasss) and Adam Lambert as Eddie (YYAAASSS!). Tim Curry is also slated to appear as The Criminologist who narrates the story. My only hope is that they strive to interpret the story their own way and don't simply try to mimic the original...
To be honest, “RHPS” is a good time no matter who are in the roles, and with a talented bunch like this, we’re gonna be more than up for doing the Time Warp again!
Both shows debut this Fall. Which are you most excited to see?