Exorcist II: The Heretic

Exorcist II: The Heretic

John Boorman (1977)

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Our Score
An absolute fiasco or a brave visionary slice of surrealism from director John Boorman? The jury is still out on this critical and financial disaster, tampered with by the studio after audiences cracked up at the devilish finale. The focus here is on the quest of Father Richard Burton to quell the demon still present within Linda Blair, now in therapy to combat recurring nightmares. Yes, Burton overplays the doom-laden script. And, yes, all the African mumbo jumbo is bewildering. But Boorman deliberately accents the weighty mythological angles to create a film as complex and intellectual as it is visceral, and his daring approach is well overdue for reappraisal.


A priest is sent on a mission to unravel the mysteries surrounding the death of a colleague, but as investigations progress, he is drawn into the dangerous world of demonic possession while attempting to save a woman's life. John Boorman's sequel to the horror classic, starring Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Max von Sydow and James Earl Jones.

Cast & Crew

Regan MacNeil Linda Blair
Father Lamont Richard Burton
Dr Gene Tuskin Louise Fletcher
Father Merrin Max von Sydow
Sharon Kitty Winn
The Cardinal Paul Henreid
Older Kokumo James Earl Jones
Edwards Ned Beatty
Director John Boorman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsAvailable on: video and DVD