My Best Friend’s Exorcism review: An unfunny throwback teen-horror film

My Best Friend’s Exorcism follows Abby as she goes above and beyond to save her best friend, Gretchen, who gets possessed by a demon. The movie is now available to stream on Prime Video.


In 1988, Abby and Gretchen navigate their lives loving 80’s pop culture and paranormal stuff. A hangout at their friend’s lakehouse sees them discovering a burnt-down house, where they come across a demon.

The same demon possesses Gretchen, who tries to kill her own friends, one by one, using different methods.

Abby resorts to helping her friend by tagging along with Christian Lemon of the Lemon Brothers, who knows a thing or two about demonic possession and exorcism.


Elsie Fisher and Amiah Miller’s chemistry pays off for this story of friendship we have in this teen-horror drama. They are both pretty capable and handle most of the cliches in the film brilliantly.

Apart from the two leads, it’s the character of Christian Lemon, played by Chris Lowell, who steals the show. It’s the only character whose jokes are bearable and one to go along with for a movie that comes with the tag of comedy in it.

Cathy Ang as Glee and Rachel Ogechi Kanu as Margaret are perfect as two buddies who take the backseat as the lead duo is in the limelight.


Despite being in the 80s, there are not many references to that era. It’s a thumbs up to the viewers who weren’t born or lived in that era, as they can enjoy the film without finding themselves lost.

The aesthetics and the soundtrack make up for the absence of references.

The film talks about a number of issues that are relevant today but weren’t much talked about back in the 80s.

The pacing is good-enough and the viewers will be hooked for the one-and-a-half-hour duration of the film. Lastly, the story is kept between the two lead characters, with both of them getting enough screen time and presence.


Although comedy is part of the film, the jokes hardly hit, and the movie mostly comes out as a typical high school drama with horror as a part of it.


My Best Friend’s Exorcism could’ve been the perfect horror-comedy, only if the comedy element would have been presented properly. In spite of that, the movie is quite entertaining and a treat for camp horror fans.

My Best Friend's Exorcism
My Best Friend's Exorcism review: An unfunny throwback teen-horror film 1

Director: Damon Thomas

Date Created: 2022-09-30 00:00

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