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Screener Squad: The Exorcism

The Exorcism Movie Review


What’s hard to believe about The Exorcism is that it was shot pre-pandemic much earlier than Crowe’s other and much better exorcism movie, The Pope’s Exorcist. Yet, after viewing the film, it’s understandable why the studio shelved it for nearly 5 years. Russell Crowe stars in The Exorcism, his latest bout with demonic possession. Written and directed by Joshua John Miller, son of Jason Miller and original star of The Exorcist, The Exorcism tells the story of washed up and guilt stricken actor Anthony Miller (Russell Crowe). Shamed by his past addictions and death of his wife, Miller has the opportunity to not only rebuild his relationship with his estranged daughter Lee (Ryan Simpkins), but also star in Hollywood’s latest remake of a VERY familiar movie. Who knew that remakes of beloved horror classics could spark literal demons? Miller’s exploration of Crowe’s character is a misguided attempt at a thoughtful character study surrounding guilt and shame wrapped in a schlocky run-of-the-mill horror flick. Listen as Wright, Frank, and Eric appreciate some of the attempts by the actors but are confused by Miller’s take on elevated horror.


DIRECTED BY: Joshua John Miller

STARRING: Russell Crowe, Sam Worthington, Ryan Simpkins, Chloe Bailey, David Hyde Pierce, Marcenae Lynette, Tracey Bonner, Samantha Mathis, Adrian Pasdar, Adam Goldberg




” width=Wright Sulek (Screener Squad, Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Trash in the Can, Audio Editor)

Wright hails from the northern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. His passion for filmmaking brought him to Austin to study and make movies. Since then he’s had his hand in acting, writing, and directing his own short films with numerous like-minded film geeks he’s met along his journey. His newest interest has brought him into the podcasting world. He co-hosted a few different movie related podcasts such as ‘And Now This’ and ‘The Match Cut’. He currently co-hosts with longtime friend, Eric Samaniego, where they talk shop about the grimiest, trashiest, lost gems of movies on their show, ‘Trash in the Can’. Wright also guests and hosts reviews on Screener Squad and Highly Suspect Reviews as well as co-hosts Digital Noise with Chris Cox.



Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



” width=Eric Samaniego (Trash in the Can, Highly Suspect Reviews)

Eric is a multi-award show watching, sometimes comedian, sometimes writer that began life as a Muppet and 1930’s screwball comedy obsessed goon and continues to carry a torch for all things felt and funny. With a passion for genre films, poor taste, and whiskey, he and co-conspirator, Wright Sulek, indulge in the best/worst films the world has to offer with One of Us’s podcast, ‘Trash in the Can’. When not podding, Eric works as an American military officer, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797.



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