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Exorcist II: The Heretic

  • Horror
  • Thriller
  • 1977
  • John Boorman
  • 112 mins
  • X

Summary

Horror sequel starring Linda Blair, Richard Burton and Louise Fletcher. Four years after she was possessed by the demon Pazuzu, 18-year-old Regan MacNeil is living a quiet life under the watchful eye of child psychologist Dr Tuskin. But Tuskin is convinced that something evil is still lurking within her patient and calls in Father Lamont, a maverick priest haunted by memories of an exorcism that went tragically wrong...

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Regan MacNeilLinda Blair
Father LamontRichard Burton
Dr Gene TuskinLouise Fletcher
Father MerrinMax von Sydow
SharonKitty Winn
The CardinalPaul Henreid
Older KokumoJames Earl Jones
EdwardsNed Beatty

Crew

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DirectorJohn Boorman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia-Warner Dists
Released on
1977-09-15
Languages
English | French | Spanish
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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