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My Best Friend’s Exorcism Image Reveals First Look at Prime Video Adaptation



My Best Friends Exorcism

The feature film adaptation of My Best Friend’s Exorcism is coming to Prime Video this fall and a first look photo has been officially unveiled. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Grady Hendrix, the movie stars Elsie Fisher (Netflix’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre) as a teenager in the 80s whose best pal, played by Amiah Miller (War for the Planet of the Apes), gets possessed. The first look 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, Promising Young Woman). You can read the official synopsis below.

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The original novel version of My Best Friend’s Exorcism was released in 2016, garnering acclaim at the time. It’s one of multiple 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 Hendrix book Horrorstor 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 stories about exorcism wind up being about some old dudes yelling at a girl tied to a bed, unfortunately, and that’s pretty played out and gross,” Hendrix said of doing something different with his exorcism story in a previous interview. “But I think you can still write a good exorcism or possession story, especially now, as long 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, “Possession is a great metaphor for the way people change, whether it’s through aging, or having different experiences, or through drugs, or mental illness. Having someone suddenly change is hugely traumatic for the people around them, so possession works as a way to process that through fiction.”

My Best Friend’s Exorcism is set to start streaming on Prime Video on Sept. 30, 2022.