The Exorcist III ★★★★

Again, I appreciate finally having access to the alternate cut that's supposedly closer to Blatty's original vision etc, but I don't think we were ever going to get closer to him in cinematic terms than The Ninth Configuration. This is my Exorcist III… the studio cut, the first one I saw. Maybe just because it was the first one I saw, but, it's one of those cases where I don't know how to get around that and I don't see any reason to waste time trying. I just love how this movie mixes a few genuinely tense set pieces with the way these guys talk… the way Blatty talked. But, please, for the love of god, read the Legion book… see The Ninth Configuration (and ask me for the audiobook of I'll Tell Them I Remember You, read by the author, if you want). My favourite thing about the two versions is how they make me choose between more Jason Miller or more Brad Dourif in the cell… and it's genuinely too close to call…