The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA, 1977.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by John Boorman, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Laughably bad sequel to the most famous horror movie of all time (right after Psycho, I suppose). Linda Blair‘s Regan is still suffering from bad dreams because of her nasty experience with the devil as a young girl. Her psychiatrist (Louise Fletcher) and a kindly priest (Richard Burton) team up to save her from what appears to be the evil demon’s second attack on her, an attempt to finish her off this time for good. John Boorman’s direction is pitifully bad, with a story that makes absolutely no sense and isn’t for a moment scary (worse yet, doesn’t even try). The impressive cast, which also boasts James Earl Jones, embarrasses itself in a film that was re-edited countless times after its initial theatrical release had audiences laughing it right off the screen. Blair is terrible and awkward, while Fletcher seems desperate to get away from the film altogether (which, reportedly, she was, as was Boorman who was threatened with a lawsuit if he didn’t complete shooting). The scenes involving a mind-synching hypnosis device (complete with blinking strobe light) will have you rolling on the floor.

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