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How to watch 'The Exorcist: Believer' at home, plus what you need to know about 'The Exorcist' movies

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The power of Christ compels you... to rewatch The Exorcist movies ahead of the new one (or in honor of the 50th anniversary of the original Exorcist). The Exorcist: Believer is the first film in the franchise in nearly 20 years. Starring Leslie Odom Jr., Ann Dowd and Ellen Burstyn — reprising her role as Chris MacNeil for the first time since the 1973 original — Believer marks the first chapter in a brand new trilogy directed by Halloween's David Gordon Green and produced by Blumhouse. And tonight, it premieres on digital ... Are you ready to tune in, or are you too scared? Here's everything you need to know about the new Exorcist movie.

When does the new Exorcist movie come out?

The Exorcist: Believer premiered in theaters on Friday, Oct. 6. Originally, the newest chapter of The Exorcist franchise was slated to hit theaters on Friday the 13th (Oct. 13), but the premiere date was pushed up in light of the Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour movie coming out.

This week, the terrifying film becomes available to bring home — if you dare. Tonight at midnight, The Exorcist: Believer will be available to purchase on digital.

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Who is in The Exorcist: Believer?

The newest Exorcist movie stars Leslie Odom Jr., Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, Norbert Leo Butz, Lidya Jewett, Olivia Marcum and, reprising her role from the 1973 original Exorcist movie, Ellen Burstyn.

Is this the start of a new Exorcist trilogy?

Fresh off his trilogy of Halloween sequels, David Gordon Green has a new trilogy planned for The Exorcist franchise. As with his Halloween films, Green conceived Believer as a direct sequel to the 1973 original, ignoring all the prior follow-ups. The next sequel, The Exorcist: Deceiver is slated to premiere in 2025.

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Where to watch The Exorcist movies

With a new chapter on its way, you may want to take a scary walk down memory lane this Halloween season. Here's how to watch all The Exorcist movies

The Exorcist (1973)

A young girl appears to be plagued by an evil force. The first Exorcist film stars Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller and Linda Blair. Don't wait to watch, because the original Exorcist movie will be removed from Max on Oct. 31 this year. If you're a superfan, you might also want to possess the new 50th anniversary collector's edition of The Exorcist on Blu-ray.

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Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Now 16, Regan still seems to be recovering from her childhood possession. Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Paul Henreid and James Earl Jones star in the first sequel to The Exorcist.

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The Exorcist III (1990)

Fifteen years after Regan's possession, Father Damien Karras is found in a psychiatric ward, plagued by a familiar evil force. George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Scott Wilson, Nancy Fish with Nicol Williamson and Jason Miller star in The Exorcist III.

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Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

Recut from the already completed prequel film, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, this second attempt at a prequel to the original Exorcist trilogy tells the story of Father Merrin's early life. Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco and James D'Arcy star in Exorcist: The Beginning.

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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

Released in its original form after Exorcist: The Beginning was no received by fans, Dominion tells a similar story of Father Merrin's early experiences with exorcism. Stellan Skarsgård, Clara Bellar, Gabriel Mann and Billy Crawford star.

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The Exorcist (TV show, 2016-17)

After her daughter returns home from college seeming slightly off, Angela Rance begins to suspect something is very wrong inside her home. Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels and Geena Davis star in the Exorcist TV show, which serves as a direct sequel to the first Exorcist movie, but is no longer canon within The Exorcist universe.

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The Exorcist: Believer (2023)

The newest reboot of The Exorcist also disregards the last three decades of sequels and spinoffs, serving as a direct sequel to The Exorcist (1973). The film follows two families whose daughters go missing and then come back... changed. Leslie Odom Jr., Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, Norbert Leo Butz, Lidya Jewett, and Olivia Marcum star alongside Ellen Burstyn, who is reprising her role as Chris MacNeil in The Exorcist: Believer.

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