29 HORROR FILMS I ACTUALLY HAVE NEVER SEEN, A LARS VON TRIER PORNO AND THE LITTLE MERMAID
Exorcist II: The Heretic
It's four years later... what does she remember?
Bizarre nightmares plague Regan MacNeil four years after her possession and exorcism. Has the demon returned? And if so, can the combined faith and knowledge of a Vatican investigator and a hypnotic research specialist free her from its grasp?
As a sequel to The Exorcist? - Yes, it's a dismal failure.
Viewed as a stand-alone, loopy, mystical/sci-fi/horror hybrid dragged along by a manic Richard Burton performance? - It's actually quite fun.
Somehow I missed out on(avoided...) seeing this until very recently, but finally got my opportunity to view it on the big screen as part of the BFI's John Boorman retrospective.
Seen in a Boorman context alongside the likes of 'Excalibur' and 'Zardoz', it made a lot more sense to me than as a direct sequel to 'The Exorcist'.
I also think that my expectations had been dragged so low due to constant critical derision over the years, that anything - at least - watchable would've impressed somewhat.
What I found was a flawed, but entertaining oddity.
John Boorman makes a terrible sequel to the Exorcist but an excellent 'Italian' horror.
Satan has become an embarrassment to our progressive views.
Holy shit... what the hell is going on here? You get the feeling that director John Boorman and screenwriter William Goodhart never actually watched The Exorcist... or read the book... or the screenplay. Maybe someone told them what happens in the film, who heard it from someone else.
The film is stuck in this 1970s new age psychology which flies in the face of the original film that managed to feel steeped in old world mythology. I usually like it when a sequel or remake tries to do something different, but right from the start when Regan gets hypnotized and synced to her doctor... so they can share memories...…
Finally got around to seeing this much-maligned sequel to the Friedkin classic. Expectations were set to their lowest so this damp squib of a film could not anger me but its unfocused approach certainly was an effort to stay awake during.
It certainly makes me glad of all the good to great horror sequels we are getting now.
Sometimes a movie is so nonsensical, so embarrassingly diving off deep ends of logic that I am won back entirely by the nature of its existence as a mangled mutation, a sprawling massacre of potential mythology. In there are still some inspired visual flourishes. The guy falling off the cliff in off-putting slow motion is one of my favorite moments in anything. The movie is just so wrong on so many levels that I consume it as the true guiltiest of pleasures. I mean it, I truly feel guilty for enjoying it as much as I do. A good train wreck turns your head in the right way.
A hilariously miscalculated misfire, Exorcist II is aimed straight at the viewer who enjoyed the first one but thought, "I think it needs more James Earl Jones dressed up as a bug. Also, a little hypnotism and autistic children couldn't hurt. I wonder what Nurse Ratched is doing. She could be great in something like this."
If that's you, then, oh boy, are you in for a treat.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I don't know why I keep watching this horrible movie.
Start with a bad and confusing story, horrible EFX, and poor acting that is made worse by bad dialog.
Repossessed is a better movie.
Linda Blair's acting is horrible in this one but she is so darn cute. Look for a young Dana Plato in this movie.
Reasons I so dislike this movie:
1 - Locust cam
2 - No new possessed Regan scenes worth spit.
3 - No real exorcism in the movie.
4 - Crazy holy place set in a nearly inaccessible cliff face.
5 - Insanely bad EFX during the last 10 minutes.
6 - Great chance to use a new location and they go back to…
Pazuzu: No! Once the wings have brushed you, you're mine forever!
Having only ever heard the worst of The Exorcist: Pazuzu's African Adventure, I was expecting, well, the worst. Instead, it's a fascinating venture, if less cohesive than, and bearing little relation to, its efficient and economical predecessor. A take on the conflict between modern science and old world myth, The Heretic is like a classier Prince of Darkness.
That there appears to be no real point, questions posed or answers given come the end (beyond perhaps the idea of spiritual PTSD) only serves to add to the experience; a messy, conflicted nightmare conflation of olde religion and shiny psychoanalysis that's best represented in the standout scene, an extended hypnosis sequence that bleeds the expansive, modern theory of The Heretic into…
Film #3 of Hoop-Tober 3.0 (2016)
"The Exorcist II" is a big, ambitious snooze-fest that tempted me to skip through it multiple times. Some visuals/effects were niice? I admire Boorman for trying to do something different, but holy shit did it bomb.
(To be honest, I only added this to my list because I've heard part III is a hidden gem).
It should be scary, not goofy!
Well. What a terrible start to Hoop-Tober!
On paper, this film should have been so much better. Linda Blair reprises her role as Regan from the original Exorcist, a role for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Richard Burton, "natural successor to Olivier," plays the priest; at the time of filming, he'd won a Tony, two BAFTAs, and been nominated for six Academy Awards. Louise Fletcher, fresh off her Best Actress win for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, is Regan's truly terrible therapist. She JUST proved she excels at playing terrible medical professionals, what went wrong here?! Max von Sydow shows up again in flashbacks; the man did twelve films with Bergman, for god's sake. Even Kitty…
I woke up around 2 AM to pee (as is my wont), and I could not for the life of me get back to sleep because I kept thinking about this movie. Now don't for a second imagine that I was still residually spooked from watching it the previous evening. Nope, not a chance. Exorcist II: The Heretic is entirely lacking in both thrills and chills. What preoccupied my mind in the wee small hours was the sheer wrongheadedness of this film—how it fails in almost every regard, except perhaps ambition.
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