The Ultimate Guide to the Exorcist Movies

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Spooky season is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to revisit all of your favorite horror-film series. One of the best horror films of all time is, of course, the classic film “The Exorcist.” The film, which was adapted from the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, is the story of a demonic possession of a young girl and her mother’s determination to save her with the help of two Catholic priests.

“The Exorcist” went on to become a cultural phenomenon, inspiring several exorcism-focused films and becoming a staple for horror-movie lovers. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards in 1974 and was the first horror movie to be nominated for best picture. The film ended up winning the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay and best sound. With its success, “The Exorcist” became a full movie series and is being rebooted this year. The film “The Exorcist: Believer” is a direct sequel to the 1973 film and premieres in theaters on Oct. 6.

Ahead of the new film, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about the Exorcist movies.

How Many Exorcist Movies Are There?

There are currently five films in the Exorcist series. The series so far includes the original trilogy that came out in 1973, 1977, and 1990 and the two prequel films that came out in 2004 and 2005. The series will be rebooted this year with the release of “The Exorcist: Believer,” a direct sequel to the 1973 film.

The Exorcist Movies in Order

  • “The Exorcist” (1973)
  • “Exorcist II: The Heretic” (1977)
  • “The Exorcist III” (1990)
  • “Exorcist: The Beginning” (2004)
  • “Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist” (2005)
  • “The Exorcist: Believer” (2023)
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