Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

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A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist.

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  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • "Exorcist" Max Von Sydow & Linda Blair 1973 Warner
  • Richard Burton and John Boorman in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
  • Linda Blair and Louise Fletcher in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
  • Linda Blair in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
  • James Earl Jones in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

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30 March 2018 | Platypuschow
| Exorcist II The Heretic: I understand the hatred
It's amazing when you think about it, The Exorcist (1973) is a cult classic. It's a movie that has been in the IMDB top 100 and is on the precipice of going back in. So how did it spawn a sequel so universally despised?

Well for a start the films cast follows on from the first and that should mean something, it follows directly on from the events in the first film so again that should be in the plus column.

Further to its credit we're talking Richard Burton, Max Von Sydow & James Earl Jones as well as the underappreciated Linda Blair.

But here is where it all goes wrong, the plot is a mess and the fact it's following on from the original movie so seamlessly damages its credibility. It's taking a beloved story and quite frankly defacating all over it.

It does look ahead of it's time, but the story is truly awful and makes it a film that's somewhat of a struggle to get through.

Truth be told as much as I'm a horror fanatic the exorcism sub-genre has always been one I've struggled to enjoy so this infamously bad title didn't stand much of a chance.

From everything I've seen so far I'd advise Joe Average to watch the original film, and go no further.

The Good:

Looks great for its time

Linda Blair

The Bad:

Plot is an utter mess

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Crutches are ideal tools for putting out fires

Linda Blair should have had a considerably better career

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