‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ Includes An ‘Exorcist’-Inspired Episode In Its First Season

Ever since ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ was first announced, The CW and the show’s creators have compared the tone to horror classics like ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ so it should come as no surprise that the new Netflix drama will pay a direct tribute to ‘The Exorcist’ during its freshman season.

According to showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa:

“Sabrina is the heroine in this series of mini-movies…. I love The Exorcist. It’s one of my favorite movies.  We’re doing an homage to that; we’re doing an episode that’s like [The Exorcist].”

There will be plenty of dark happenings in Greendale, the setting for the show, which is established on The CW’s hit ‘Riverdale’ as being across Sweetwater River.  (It was the site of the gruesome slaying of Miss Grundy in the ‘Riverdale’ season two premiere.)  As ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’, the title character, Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) is preparing for her sixteenth birthday and must decide whether she wants to embrace her mystic heritage or to live happily as a mortal.  It’s pretty obvious which choice she makes but it would appear that she tries to walk the line between these two worlds.

She will face conflicts from both her human high school principal, George Hawthorne (Bronson Pinchot) who has it in for Sabrina and her friends– including boyfriend Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch), Rosalind Walker (Jaz Sinclair) and Susie Putnam (Lachlan Watson)– and Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle), her witch-ly mentor, the “High Priest of the Church of Night and Dean of the Academy of the Unseen Arts”, who has dark intentions which involve Sabrina’s favorite teacher Mary Wardell (Michelle Gomez).  To make matters worse, Sabrina will find herself the target of a trio of witchy mean girls, the Weird Sisters, Prudence (Tati Gabrielle), Dorcas (Abigail F. Cowen) and Agatha (Adeline Rudolph).

A demonic possession sounds like just another day for this Teenage Witch.

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ also stars Lucy Davis as Sabrina’s aunt, Hilda Spellman, Miranda Otto as aunt Zelda Spellman and Chance Perdomo as Sabrina’s necromancer cousin, Ambrose.

The first season of ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ will consist of 10 episodes and will be available to binge on October 27.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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