David Gordon Green has directed four horror movies since his first foray into the genre in 2018, and they’re each very different in terms of their quality. The American filmmaker made his name with independent dramas in the early 2000s with George Washington and All the Real Girls. Later, he branched out into mainstream comedy movies and TV shows, including Pineapple Express and The Righteous Gemstones. Nowadays David Gordon Green’s movies consist primarily of cinematic scares with a focus on reviving classic horror franchises.

After directing all three movies in the franchise-rebooting Halloween sequel trilogy, Green went on to helm The Exorcist: Believer, a direct sequel to 1973’s The Exorcist. There are two more Exorcist sequels planned for what will be another horror trilogy, though Green’s involvement in them as a director is so far uncertain. These four horror movies that David Gordon Green has directed range from terrible to excellent, and for those who have seen them all, it’s not hard to guess which is the best, and it’s even more obvious which one is the worst.

David Gordon Green’s most recent horror project, The Exorcist: Believer, is by far his worst. The follow-up to the iconic 1973 film was eagerly anticipated in the horror world and even in the world of cinema in general, but its caliber doesn’t bode well for the planned Exorcist trilogy. The movie is about a Haitian photographer whose daughter and her best friend become demonically possessed, and his efforts to exorcise the demon, including contacting Chris MacNeil from the original movie.

Leslie Odom Jr. dives into his meaty role as photographer Victor Fielding and does a grand job, and it’s great to see original The Exorcist stars Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair reprising their roles and Chris and Regan MacNeil. However, as much as it admirably tries to take this franchise back to its chilling roots, it’s far too derivative and lacks fresh ideas. Perhaps more importantly, it just isn’t scary. While it has a promising start, The Exorcist: Believer’s ending doesn’t work, as it’s massively anticlimactic, and this ultimately proved disappointing.

Halloween Kills is the second installment in David Gordon Green’s trilogy of Halloween sequels and therefore the third movie in this particular timeline chronologically, due to the rest of the franchise being retconned. Halloween Kills starts where 2018’s Halloween finishes, with Laurie Strode, her daughter Karen, and her granddaughter Allyson all believing they’d killed Michael Myers in Laurie’s burning home, only for Myers to emerge from the flames and embark on another murderous spree.

There are enough kills and ample gore to satisfy slasher fans. However, Halloween Kills fails to progress the franchise, as it essentially ends the same way as its predecessor, with Myers seemingly dead, only to revive and wreak bloody havoc again. It reintroduces several characters from the 1978 film, such as Nancy Stephens’s Marion Chambers and Tommy Doyle (now played by Anthony Michael Hall), which is nice to see. While its often high-spiritedness makes it fun, its attempts to balance grisly brutality with social commentary on topics like mob mentality mean it’s a little convoluted.

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