The film adaptation of My Best Friend’s Exorcism is coming to Prime Video this fall and a first photo has been officially revealed. Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Grady Hendrix, the film stars Elsie Fisher (Netflix’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre) as an 1980s teenager whose best friend, played by Amiah Miller (War for the Planet of the Apes) , becomes possessed. The first photo, seen above, shows the two as they appear in the film.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism is directed by Damon Thomas (Killing Eve, Penny Dreadful) and written by Jenna Lamia (Good Girls, Awkward). Along with Fisher (Eighth Grade, Despicable Me) and Miller (The Water Man, MacGyver), the film stars Cathy Ang (And Just Like That…, Over the Moon), Rachel Ogechi Kanu (Cheer for Your Life) ) and Christopher Lowell (GLOW, Young Promise). You can read the official synopsis below.
Surviving adolescence isn’t easy, especially when you’re possessed by a demon. It’s 1988, and best friends Abby (Fisher) and Gretchen (Miller) are navigating between boys, pop culture and a paranormal force clinging to Gretchen like a pair of neon leg warmers. With the help of overconfident mall exorcist Christian Lemon (Lowell), Abby is determined to force the demon back to the depths of hell – if he doesn’t kill Gretchen first. Sometimes gruesome and hilarious, My Best Friend’s Exorcism pays homage to ’80s pop culture with an utterly timeless tale of terror and true friendship.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism Was a Hit Novel
The original novel version of My Best Friend’s Exorcism was released in 2016, gaining acclaim at the time. It is one of several literary works by Grady Hendrix to inspire a live-action adaptation, as there are other projects in the works. A TV series based on the book Horrorstor by Hendrix is happening with Josh Schwartz and Gail Berman. Meanwhile, an upcoming feature film is also in development based on Hendrix’s Satanic Panic with Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell starring. A common theme in these stories is that Hendrix always adds something unique.
“Most exorcism stories end up being about some old guys yelling at a girl tied to a bed, unfortunately, and that’s really bad and gross,” Hendrix said of doing something different with his exorcism story in a previous interview. This may interest you : Is Easter Sunday on Netflix?. “But I think you can still write a good exorcism or possession story, especially now, as long as you really think about what you’re doing.
Commenting on why horror fans are still so drawn to stories about exorcisms and possession, Hendrix added: Someone suddenly changing is extremely traumatic for the people around them, so possession works as a way of processing that through fiction.”
My Best Friend’s Exorcism is scheduled to begin streaming on Prime Video on September 30, 2022.