The first look at My Best Friend’s Exorcism has officially arrived. On Thursday, Amazon Prime Video unveiled the first official trailer for the upcoming film, inspired by Grady Hendrix’s 2016 novel of the same name. The film adaptation, which will debut on the service in late September, will star Eigth year‘s Elsie Fisher and Amiah Miller in a bizarre tale of demonic possession. The film is directed by Damon Thomas and also stars Cathy Ang as Glee and Rachel Ogechi Kanu as Margaret. Producers on the project also include Christopher Landon and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein.
In My Best Friend’s ExorcismIt’s 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after a skinny bath night goes awry, Gretchen begins to act…differently. She is in a bad mood. She is irritable. And weird things happen whenever she’s around. Abby’s investigation leads her to startling discoveries – and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, Abby and Gretchen’s fate will be determined by a single question: is their friendship strong enough to defeat the devil?
“In terms of inspiration for My Best Friend’s Exorcism it’s about getting the title first and then figuring out the rest later, Roger Corman style,” Hendrix explained in a 2018 interview with Scifi Pulse. “In so many exorcism books and movies, it’s basically a story of old guys tying a young girl to her bed and yelling at her for hours on end. The demonic (possessed person) doesn’t matter. In The Exorcist we don’t know much about Regan because she has nothing to do with this story, instead it’s about the demon testing the priest’s faith, using the demonic as a vessel.”
“So I wanted to focus on experiencing the demonic,” Hendrix continued. “Then I had to deal with the fact that faith is at the heart of exorcism stories, but I don’t think religious faith is as powerful today as it was in the past, so I had to find something that people would believe just as strongly, and the obvious answer was their friends. My friends in high school saved my life, more than once, and this age is when friendships are the strongest so that meant it had to be set in high school and high school experience I know the best is the 80s. So the story really happened in a series of logical steps a time I thought about it.
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My Best Friend’s Exorcism will be released on Prime Video on Friday, September 30.