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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?
Part of the birthday movie marathon! Movie #5
I don't know what kind of drugs they were taking when they filmed this fiasco but I sure could have used some to numb the sharp pain of disappointment that came over me while viewing it!
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.
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.
Not fantastic, but nothing like the disaster I'd been expecting. I guess if you think "The Exorcist" is the best horror film ever then this is going to be a pretty big disappointment. But frankly I prefer something creative like this to the bizarrely popular and wholly derivative "The Conjuring".
It was a pleasant surprise when the tribal figure turns out to actually be a well-dressed scientist, carrying on the contrast of faith and reason from the first movie. Prior to that point things looked a little racially insensitive.
Initially I was confused as to how Regan's mother had managed to become an expert in psychiatry when, last we saw, she was an actress. Turns out Louise…
First time watch. I found myself quite fascinated by it, I really like everything in Africa and all the stuff with father Merrin. It's certainly not scary but there are still some cool visuals, like the locust attacking. Also, seeing a young Max von Sydow just proves how awesome the old man make up is in the first movie.
What’s most striking about the film now, decades after its release, is how staggeringly dull it is; Boorman is a fine director, but it’s at though no one bothered to tell him he was making a horror movie. Instead, it’s 118 minutes of endless flashy-light hypnotism, staggeringly terrible locust effects, and Richard Burton wandering around what appears to be Tatooine.
I feel sorry for anyone dull enough to think this is one of the worst movies ever made. Boorman's "mistake" is that he didn't remake the first movie -- this isn't a horror film, it's a psychic dream piece.
On its own, the film is bad. When compared to the original, it's off the charts bad.
One star for the music alone.
I can't imagine any circumstance where I would submit to being psycho-analyzed in an office with glass walls, surrounded by other rooms with glass walls, those rooms being filled with disabled and mentally ill children also receiving treatment. It's like One Flew Over The Phantom Zone. That's just one of the many inexplicable conceits and setups in this mind warping cinematic snafu.
Who the fuck thought this was a good idea?
Four years after Father Merrin died casting a demon out of young Regan, a priest investigates the affair and discovers the demon isn't completely gone; further investigation takes him to Africa in search of the evil spirit's roots. With dreamlike flashbacks, a locust-cam, and Richard Burton warning anyone who will listen about the power of "eee-vil," John Boorman's nutty sequel isn't much like the original; but, although it has a lot of issues, being boring isn't one of them.
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