(1901, not 1905)
Well. What a terrible start to Hoop-Tober!
On paper, this film should have been so much better. Linda Blair reprises her role as Regan from the original Exorcist, a role for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Richard Burton, "natural successor to Olivier," plays the priest; at the time of filming, he'd won a Tony, two BAFTAs, and been nominated for six Academy Awards. Louise Fletcher, fresh off her Best Actress win for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
First off, I have to give kudos to the script for completely ignoring everything that happened in The Exorcist II.
Unfortunately, despite the presence of a miraculously still-living Father Karras and a throwaway reference to Regan MacNeil, this film also seems to lack any real connection to The Exorcist: Original Flavor. Pazuzu is technically there, I guess, but all he's been doing is playing midwife to the displaced soul of executed serial killer James Venamun.
The film works as a…