THE EXORCIST: Geena Davis in THE EXORCIST premiering Friday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX

7 Reasons to Catch Up on ‘The Exorcist’ Right Now!

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Have you been watching The Exorcist? If you aren’t, you should be. Although inspired by the 1976 movie, the series has become much more than just a horror film.

It’s complete with cringe-worthy moments, well-written characters, and a riveting multi-faceted plot.

Here are seven reasons why you should be watching The Exorcist.

1.It’s the Epitome of a “Slow Burn”

The Exorcist is much more of a psychological drama than an action driven show. The show is driven by the characters, their relationships to each other with a sinister undertone of something much more evil going on.

The show is written in such a way that it feels like a puppeteer is pulling at the character’s strings. While in most cases, that isn’t a feeling I like in a show, it works really well for something based in horror.

2. The Casting is Phenomenal

The series has attracted some fantastic talent to the roles. The Rance Family alone has is a fantastic cast of characters. We meet the family when times aren’t good for them and Angela (Geena Davis) is trying to hold them together.

Angela is a strong and vulnerable centerpiece for the family as she cares for her husband Henry (Alan Ruck), who was injured in a construction accident and her older daughter Kat (Brianne Howey) is recovering from a car accident.

Let’s not forget her younger daughter, Casey (Hannah Kulsulka), who plays her possession of a demon brilliantly.

3. The Cliffhangers! The Cliffhangers! The Cliffhangers!

If you love edge-of-your-seat entertainment, The Exorcist delivers that and more with cliffhangers that both frustrate and enthrall.

Often the episodes take the viewer on a ride until the very last moments when the show ends on a high note just before they it cuts to the credits. A bonus for those who haven’t been watching, you won’t have to wait weeks for a new episode.

4. The Timing is Perfect

The show is not only a slow burn but it is also expertly directed and written. Moments of tension are punctuated with quick, succinct beats of terror that can only be achieved by the perfect blend of acting, direction, and beautifully mixed sound.

5. Father Marcus is a Badass Priest

One of the exorcists, Father Marcus (Ben Daniels) is so compelling that I would happily watch the series just for him. His introduction in the pilot was compelling and dynamic.

In the pilot, we learn that he’s the exorcist that went one step too far, and because of that, he’s shuttled off an island of misfit priests where he’s questioning his faith. Something about Father Marcus is steeped in humanity and fallibility, and that’s what makes him so watchable.

Or course, Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) has his own faults too, but they’re not revealed in their entirety until later in the series.

6. Did We Mention It’s Creepy? Because it Is!

The Exorcist is one of the best approaches to horror on television.

Underneath the family drama that is unfolding in front of you, there’s a bigger conspiracy whose motivations we are still trying to unravel. While on the surface, The Exorcist might seem like a battle for one girl’s soul, as you dig deeper it becomes clear that the show is about much more than that.

7. The Finale Is Going to Be Explosive!

Without giving too much away, the official press release promises an explosive finale in which the demon “will stop at nothing to destroy Angela Rance and her family.”

The conspiracy that has been brewing all season is coming to a head in “Chapter 10: Three Rooms” and it won’t disappoint.

If this sounds like a show for you, you can catch up on the first nine episodes on Hulu or on Fox.com before the finale airs Friday at 9/8c on FOX.

Will you be watching the finale? Plan to catch up before it airs? Let us know in the comments below.

Lauren Busser is a senior writer at Tell-Tale TV. Her work has also appeared on Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. She has also been a dog sitter, worked front end at a bakery, and helped out in a kindergarten classroom. She learned to knit when she was five-years-old and thus, can now complete sweaters at a superhuman speed. She’s currently nursing a novel she’s been making slow progress on for the last six years.

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