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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.
Listen, John Boorman:
You made Deliverance, you made Hell in the Pacific (yeah! Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune, that's right), you made Point fucking Blank.
What the fuck, man?
…is... is everything okay at home?
'Exorcist II' features Linda Blair at her most stunning, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Ned Beatty, James Earl Jones, Max Von Sydow and is directed by the man who gave us 'Deliverance', what could possibly go wrong?
Can you believe the producers had the nerve to offer Stanley Kubrick the chance to direct this?!
I want to like this movie so, so badly. It's exactly the kind of universally-maligned but quality-pedigreed film I often respond to, but there is just too much drudgery mixed in with the moments of refreshing batshit insanity for me to give it my endorsement. Maybe one day it will click with me, but until then I'm going to have to keep going deeper.
This sequel is considered by most to be the worst in the entire series, and saying that when it's up against the likes of "The Beginning" is a pretty damning statement.
It is however very true.
Minus both Blatty and Friedkin, the heretic is a non descript affair- taking us to Africa to uncover the roots of Reagan McNeil's possession, and ultimately back to the house where it all began. Director John Boorman, oddly enough passing on the original Exorcist because he found the story "repulsive" lacks any of the energy that Friedkin brought to the table, listlessly plodding along through a series of hypnotisms and flashbacks as we bounce back and forth between the states and Africa.
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Linda Blair once remarked that Exorcist II: The Heretic was “one of the biggest disappointments of (her) career”. Now, considering this is from a woman who saw her popularity plummet in the early eighties after being charged with conspiracy to deal drugs, that is a pretty savage indictment of one of the most pointless and inexcusably rotten sequels ever made. Set four years after the original movie, a movie that is rightly hailed as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, Exorcist II is the prime example of a film that tries its best to emulate the success of what went before it but fails at pretty much every single turn. Terribly…
Good but nowhere near the master level of its trailer music, one of Ennio Morricone's best. www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsEsYeKqh1E
Even worse than I remember. When I first saw it as a kid I thought it was just boring. Now I see it as an assault on the original horror classic, as well as an assault on intelligence.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A film that will send you into a coma
This movie sucks.
In the words of Louise Fletcher's doctor: "I understand now. The world won't. Not yet."
Among this film's many crazy pleasures, one of Ennio Morricone's finest scores.
There isn't much to say about this film. It is a bizarre mess of a movie that features demons, locusts, locusts, some locusts, magical dream share hypnotizing machines, premonition, and a really boring Pazuzu. Also unless I missed a plot detail, Pazuzu directed the priest to the only man that could stop him because he asked?
pretty isnt she?
film is total totally shite in in its totality
but she is a pretty thing
I was a fool to even bother. May Pazuzo forgive me.
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