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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.
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.
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.
John Boorman makes a terrible sequel to the Exorcist but an excellent 'Italian' horror.
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 really one of them. Minor spoiler: you never find out who the "heretic" is.
Unbelievable how much talent was involved with this.
Maybe I'm in a strange mood but I actually liked this movie this time around. It's so full of WTF moments and an insane ending that I can't help but enjoy it's insanity. I saw a review on here that said it's a terrible Exorcist sequel but a great Italian film and I can agree with that. Shit happens that doesn't really make much sense but you just have to roll with it. Plus the score by Ennio Morricone is great.
Even worse than I remember. Seriously, what the hell were they thinking with this film?
Hoop-Tober film #20 - Exorcist II: The Heretic
Oh my god! What did I just watch. This was bad, very, very, very bad. Ever since I signed up to Letterboxd I've been committing to watching the full film with little to no distractions, with Exorcist II however it was difficult. I was so bored and the story didn't get anywhere and it was very far-fetched that I wanted to browse the Internet just to do something else. The first Exorcist movie is amazing I think and it tries to be as realistic as possible, here it's nowhere close to being realistic. Well what if it wasn't trying to be realistic? Even so it's still boring as watching paint dry, things…
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