Films that have been released/broadcast on at least three different occasions with significant changes, and are still available to view…
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...…
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.
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.
I hate everything about this except for the sets used during the ending and that awesome locust hat that James Earl Jones rocks.
I GUESS I get why people wouldn't like this movie but I totally do. It's scary. The shrieking that lays over the soundtrack is terrifying. The whole tone and atmosphere of this movie sucked me right in. Maybe it's a catholic thing.
Wait, this is a bad movie? Have the people who make this claim never actually seen a bad movie? The film has an eerie, dreamlike quality to it, which is only heightened by it's wonderful score. As far as I could tell, there were mostly good performances (plus Linda Blair was cute as a button), and I found the whole thing to be quite good. I'm seriously baffled as to why this gets so much hate. What am I missing?
« Faire une suite comme John Boorman fait une suite » aurait dû faire partie du vocabulaire critique depuis 1977.
The only decent scene in this film is Linda Blair's character helping the autistic girl speak for the first time.
i'm actually really lichen the soundtrack on this one now.
well of course...
As a sequel to The Exorcist, it's a complete mess.
As a sequel to The Exorcist, it's endlessly fascinating.
It takes the familiarity of the original's story and uses it for a setup that just seems way out of left field. But what an interesting direction John Boorman takes it. So bizarre.
Ennio Morricone's score, the terrible acting. It feels so aloof, but it's hard not to be entranced by the setpieces and the bizarre visuals - all of which have something on its mind that probably shouldn't have been the sequel.
But alas, here we are.
I actually really liked this movie as it explores after the events of the exorcist
Ce film-là est sincèrement, merveilleusement batshit crazy. En tant que suite à The Exorcist, c'est un peu beaucoup n'importe quoi; mais en tant que film d'horreur complètement unique et délirant, ça frôle le chef-d'oeuvre. J'aimerais ça voyager dans le temps pour pouvoir filmer la face des gens qui sortaient de la projection après avoir été voir le film en espérant une suite « normale » à The Exorcist.
UPDATE 6/25/2016: Martian Chronicles was gone, and now it's back. I had put a recommendation in to have some sort…