Teen comedy, 80s nostalgia, and horror hold hands in “My Best Friend’s Exorcism”

Teen comedy, 80s nostalgia, and horror hold hands in “My Best Friend's Exorcism”
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My Best Friend’s Exorcism is a 2016 horror novel written by Grady Hendrix, who is also the writer of Satanic Panic (2019), and published on May 17, 2016, through Quirk Books. In November 2018 it was announced that Endeavor Content had won the film adaptation rights for the book, and Christopher Landon and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein were announced to produce by The Gotham Group.

The film adaptation is set in the year 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act differently. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries-and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

Damon Thomas, an experience TV director and producer who has been behind episodes of the TV series Dracula (2020) and Penny Dreadful (2014–2016), and was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Killing Eve (2018–2022), debuts with a feature film with My Best Friend’s Exorcism (2022). Jenna Lamia, a writer in the TV series 90210 (2008–2013), Awkward. (2011–2016), No Tomorrow (2016–2017), Good Girls (2018–2021), and Resident Alien (2021– ), is the author of the movie screenplay and is also the associate producer.

Elsie Fisher, Amiah Miller, Rachel Ogechi Kanu, Cathy Ang, Clayton Royal Johnson, Christopher Lowell, Nathan Anderson, Cynthia Evans, Rachel Leah Cohen, and John Stoneburner form the main cast in My Best Friend’s Exorcism (2022).

Despite having lots of elements of a teen film, the movie is Rated R for teen drug use, language, sexual references, and some violence. Amazon Studios has the distribution rights and will premiere the film on September 30, 2022.

Watch here the official trailer for My Best Friend’s Exorcism (2022).