So… ‘Days of Heaven’ was shot around the same time as this, I wonder if they used the same locusts??
Unfortunately this film is doomed by the ‘sequel curse’: It will always suffer from its constant comparison to ‘The Exorcist’. As a stand-alone film I think it only just holds itself up. Its filled with a few great ideas that do their best to be expressed and its shoehorned consistencies with the first movie are almost seamless. Credit to that! All in all it’s a lil’ slow but it builds up to a pretty spectacular finale that’s hell a bit o’ fun.
Yes, Regan was really put through the wringer in the first film, but she wasn't the only one that had it tough. Exorcist II courageously shows us how things were from the point-of-view of Regan's crucifix, in-so-much as, it's a bloody mess from beginning to end.
No where nearly as bad as everyone makes out, this film introduces some really interesting ideas and builds upon the first film. Though it doesn't really get going until about a third of the way through the film, performances are pretty genuine and the film is only let down by the bizarre light machine that induces both hypnosis and completely uncinematic scenes.
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…
We all know that, with but a few exceptions, a sequel will never live up to the beloved original movie in a series. But rarely does a sequel fall as short of the mark as did The Exorcist II: The Heretic.
The story is kind of the same old thing as before - a priest tries to drive the demon Pazuzu out of poor Regan MacNeil, now age 17. Problem is, this sequel gives us little reason to think that…
Richard Burton is looking into the Regan(Linda Blair) possession. Using some flashing lights device plays alot into the film. Some call it very over the top stuff and I like it for that reason, the soundtrack is great but adds to the over the top feel. Alot of tap dancing and other things pad out the movie. I liked the old CBS late movie cut, around 90 mins. I really had a crush on Linda Blair after this movie and her sexy possessed version.
I had heard many bad things about this sequel to undoubtedly 1 of the scariest and influential horror films of all time and indeed it did deliver on bad stuff but does include some engrossing and fascinating parts too. It tries to deal with the metaphysical.
Whilst most reviews will focus on the bad. Here is what I liked.
1/ the orange dust setting of Africa (shot in Arizona) v creepy and beautiful at the same time
2/ Morricone score
3/ James Earl Jones in a bee suit!
4/ the locust swarms
5/ Linda Blairs pert boobs
I suppose the best way to describe this is a quote from the constantly sweaty Father Lamont (what a performance from Burton)..."Utterly horrible... and fascinating." THAT is the perfect quote to describe the insanity here.
One of my favourite bad films. Actually, it's not really bad, it's more just incredibly scattershot. It's like John Boorman had all these great ideas bubbling away, just decided to throw them into the next film he was offered, and said film just happened to be a sequel to the Exorcist. If he'd done Omen II or Godfather II there's a fair chance he'd have contrived to throw clouds of locusts and priests walking on beds of nails into the…
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…
δεν έχω βάλει ξανά 0 σε ταινία, ούτε καν στο MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE που είναι η χειρότερη όλων των εποχών, αλλά ειλικρινά δεν μπορώ να εντοπίσω κάτι θετικό στο EXORCIST II. το χειρότερο sequel, ever.
This movie is so bad that I love it. I used to watch it all the time if I needed a good laugh. I have never laughed so hard at a "horror" movie in my life.