I like this new trend in the Horror genre. I like it a lot.
It all started with 2018’s HALLOWEEN. (It still bugs me that they didn’t title it something else, though. It’s not a remake. It’s a sequel. A sequel to what? The original HALLOWEEN. So we have two movies with the same title. Confusing. This has made it necessary to refer to the new one as HALLOWEEN 2018. Why not HALLOWEEN REBORN or something like that? But since the title is the only thing about the new flick I didn’t like, I won’t complain too much.) Go back to the original movie and ignore all the sequels. Start from there. It was a risky gambit but it paid off big time. Now they’re doing the same thing with THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. And, like with Jamie Lee Curtis returning for the 2018 HALLOWEEN, original character Sally Hardesty will return (though sadly portrayed by a different actor as the lady who originated the role, Marilyn Burns, has passed away).
Now they’re doing a new EXORCIST movie. Three new movies, in fact, as a new trilogy has just been purchased by Universal. David Gordon Green, the same guy who is behind the new HALLOWEEN, is partnering with Blumhouse to bring us these new films, and Ellen Burstyn, star of the original, will be reprising her role in the new trilogy.
The new EXORCIST films aren’t *exactly* going the route of the new HALLOWEEN and new TCM, though, in that they won’t be completely retconning the sequels. It’s just that they won’t directly connect in any way to the sequels. That’s probably a good thing, since fans wouldn’t take too kindly to any dismissal of the excellent EXORCIST III.