Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

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Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) Rating:

  • Release Date:  1977
  • Genre:  Possession
  • Director:  John Boorman
  • Screenwriter:  William Goodhart
  • Cast & Crew: Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Paul Henreid, James Earl Jones, Ned Beatty, Belinda Beatty, Rose Portillo, Barbara Cason, Tiffany Kinney, Joey Green, Fiseha Dimetros, Ken Renard

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) Synopsis:

The investigation of Father Merrin’s death and the Georgetown exorcism is hesitantly led by Father Lamont. His path takes him to Regan MacNeil who is under psychiatric care. Unknowingly to everyone but Regan, the remnants of a demon named Pazuzu still lurks inside Regan.

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) Review:

Having a terrible stigma of being one of the worst follow ups to a horror classic, film critics and fans alike, have torn The Hereticapart for many years. Exorcist II does warrant this criticism, but does have some features done right by the director and producers. Let’s start off by saying the film has a poorly, mindless written plot along with a lot of rather dull scenes. The hypnosis machine and the traveling within minds is a laughable and lazy attempt to add an “interesting” futuristic feel. Another fail is the scenes in Africa, which don’t really make sense and add very little to Regan’s story. Even worst, frightening moments and death scenes are very limited too.

With a hefty list of negative aspects, one thing done right was casting previous major players including Linda Blair as Regan, Max von Sydow as Merrin, and Kitty Winn as Sharon. The lead roles of Louise Fletcher and Richard Burton are solid additions too. Perhaps the biggest get was Ennio Morricone on the side of composing the film’s music, which was fantastic during the introduction’s credits. All in all, Exorcist II: The Heretic was a below mediocre sequel to one of the most notorious horror films and should probably be skipped, as the first and third are better suited together.

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