My Best Friend’s Exorcism was very different from what I was expecting, but in a good way. I went into this film completely blind; I didn’t watch the trailer and the only information I really had were some of the cast members and the premise. So, knowing nothing really going into it, the 80s setting was a complete surprise but an absolute treat as well. This is a love letter to the 80s and films like Heathers, with some demonic possession thrown into the mix!
My Best Friend’s Exorcism Review
My Best Friend’s Exorcism is based on a novel of the same name by Grady Hendrix and the premise remains the same for the film. It follows best friends Abby and Gretchen (played by Elsie Fisher and Amiah Miller) as they navigate high school during the 80s; they are also part of a friend group that includes Glee and Margaret (played by Cathy Ang and Rachel Ogechi Kanu). It’s this friend group dynamic that makes me think of Heathers instantly, with Abby as the Veronica/Winona Ryder of the group. This is where the Heathers comparisons stop though, especially when Gretchen becomes possessed by a demon and it’s up to Abby to try and save her.
Elsie Fisher and Amiah Miller are absolute standouts in this film. They have such great chemistry with each other and you believe they are best friends that would do anything for each other. Cathy Ang and Rachel Ogechi Kanu are great as well as Glee and Margaret, with Margaret being the more antagonistic of the friend group. Christopher Lowell (How I Met Your Father) also has a great supporting role in this film as Christian Lemon, which is all I’ll say about it because the name alone is hilarious.
Overall, if you’re looking for something to get you into the Halloween spirit (if you aren’t already), I’d definitely recommend watching My Best Friend’s Exorcism on Prime Video this weekend. It has that classic 80s high school movie feel (with a great soundtrack) and some great performances by the young cast, especially Elsie Fisher and Amiah Miller. I enjoyed it more than I was expecting to, so you should check it out when you have the chance this Halloween season!