Prime Video is taking us back to the 80’s with the upcoming horror comedy movie, My Best Friend’s Exorcism. The film is based on the 2016 novel of the same name written by Grady Hendrix, and adapted for the screen by Jenna Lamia (Resident Alien). It is directed by Damon Thomas (Killing Eve).
Surviving the teenage years isn’t easy, especially when you’re possessed by a demon. It’s 1988, and best friends Abby and Gretchen are navigating boys, pop culture, and a paranormal force clinging to Gretchen like a pair of neon legwarmers. With assistance from overly confident mall exorcist Christian Lemon, Abby is determined to compel the demon back to the pits of hell—if it doesn’t kill Gretchen first. At turns horrifying and hilarious, My Best Friend’s Exorcism pays homage to 1980s pop culture with a totally timeless tale of terror and true friendship.
From the look of the trailer, we’re in for a fun ride, with 80’s references and a dose of jump scares, spooky scenes tossed in, and maybe a bit of gore, who knows.
The film stars Elsie Fisher (the voice of Agnes in Despicable Me) as Abby, who takes it upon herself to save her best friend from the demon possessing her. Amiah Miller (War For The Planet Of The Apes) is Gretchen, the possessed best friend. The film also features Christopher Lowell (How I Met Your Father) as Christian Lemon (No, really), the evangelical Christian wrestler, who deduces that Gretchen may be in the grip of Satan, and joins Elsie to help save Gretchen. Cathy Ang (And Just Like That), and Rachel Ogechi Kanu (Tracking A Killer) are also in the film as Elsie and Gretchen’s classmates.
Director Thomas had this to say regarding the two leads:
“Elsie Fisher was in a great film titled Eighth Grade and she was very much in our minds right at the beginning. She’s a very naturalistic actor; she feels very real, and she’s the anchor point of the movie in terms of, she’s the audience’s POV. I saw many, many, many auditions for Gretchen because you need to have someone who is the natural leader of the pack but also can ‘go there’ during the possession and really play those genre beats. I thought Amiah was brilliant. And she was scary on a Zoom!“
This is Thomas’ first feature film, having directed television episodes in the past, such as Killing Eve and Penny Dreadful. In addition to writing the screenplay, Jenna Lamia also serves as an associate producer. Chris Ladon (Freaky) is the executive producer. The movie was filmed in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
In addition to this adaptation, Hendrix also has two other novels being adapted to the screen. His first novel, Horrorstör is being adapted into a feature film, and his most recent published novel The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, is currently being adapted into a series for Prime.
As the trailer most recently dropped, more information will be coming in the weeks leading up to the movies debut on Prime, which is on September 30. As always, as more information comes available, SciFi.Radio will keep you informed.
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