Exorcist 2: The Heretic (1977) Movie Review

Exorcist 2: The Heretic (1977)

1977 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
118 minutes /

User Score: 40/100

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Exorcist 2: The Heretic Review


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.

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) is an American mystery drama horror movie that is a sequel to William Friedkin‘s film The Exorcist (1973) which was based on William Peter Blatty‘s novel in 1971. Director John Boorman (Excalibur (1981), Deliverance (1972), Hope and Glory (1987), The Tailor of Panama (2001)) did a horrible job executing this movie that was very hard to understand. There was too many flaws, plot holes, inconsistent storyline, terrible acting and mishaps throughout the movie making it somewhat watchable. There is minimal horror in this movie and no thrills that I experienced. I do however like the visual effects, sets, scenes and the atmosphere it presents which leads me to give it a score of three.

Exorcist II: The Heretic takes place four years after The Exorcist (1973) and revolves around Regan MacNeil, who is now 16-years-old. Regan is still trying to recover from her previous demonic possession and has repressed memories of when she was possessed by a demon. Dr. Gene Tuskin works with children that are troubled but his most troubled case was Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair - The Exorcist (1973), Hell Night (1981), Repossessed (1990)) who continues to have recurring nightmares. Dr. Tuskin (Louise Fletcher - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Cruel Intentions (1999), Flowers in the Attic (1987), Brainstorm (1983)) has a device that can hypnotize two people at the same time and links their minds/brain waves together. The method will help the priest to find out how one of the priest (Father Merrin) from four years ago die but there was a surprise waiting for them instead. The device reveals that the demon, Pazuzu still resides in Regan and is eager to wreak havoc on everyone. What happens next is for you to discover if your dare.

I do not recommend this movie to Exorcist fans because it was very disorganized and appeared as though it was just thrown together to say that “hey, we have another movie” and also to make money off of the franchise. The acting was lousy, unbelievable and inexperienced. I am a person that enjoys the outdoors, and that is the only reason this movie receives a three from me, and that is because of the scenes in Africa.

About Exorcist 2: The Heretic (1977)

Title: Exorcist 2: The Heretic
Original Title: Exorcist 2: The Heretic, The Exorcist II, The Exorcist II: The Heretic
AKA: Exorcist II: The Heretic
Year: 1977
Runtime: 118 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Starring: Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Ned Beatty, Louise Fletcher, James Earl Jones, Kitty Winn, Belinda Beatty, Joey Green, Hank Garrett, Lorry Goldman, Bill Grant, Shane Butterworth, Joely Adams, Richard Burton, Robert Lussier, Charles Parks, Richard Paul, Paul Henreid, George Skaff, Kelley Karel, Karen Knapp, Rose Portillo, Dana Plato, Barbara Cason, Tiffany Kinney, Fiseha Dimetros, Ken Renard
Writers: William Goodhart, John Boorman, Rospo Pallenberg
Director: John Boorman

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