Saturday, November 30, 2013

Exorcist II: The Heretic - Review - @BrandonCSites / #Horror

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) **1/2
D: John Boorman
C: Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Paul Henreid, James Earl Jones, Ned Beatty

Plot Synopsis: A priest (Burton) investigating what occurred in the original film discovers that the demon that possessed Blair continues to haunt her. 

Review: Ambitious, multi-layered story really wasn’t the sequel people were expecting or quite frankly wanted. While some of the dialogue is unintentionally silly at times, the overall premise and concept behind Exorcist II: The Heretic is actually quite intelligent and thought provoking. It’s well shot with above average special effects, a haunting score by Ennio Morricone and a top notch cast. So what went wrong? 

Despite having a top notch cast, many of the film’s performances are misguided, some of the sets & props are impressive while others are seriously dated, but the film’s main fault is that director John Boorman just seems so completely unsure of how to handle or even execute the material. The intention is there. You can see what they were trying to accomplish with this film, but it just doesn’t come together. 

Does Exorcist II: The Heretic deserves its reputation as this worst film and/or sequel ever made? The answer to that is no. Does it deserve the title of most misguided sequel ever? Probably so. While it fails to accomplish what it sets out to do, it's still none the less an interesting failure. 

After the film’s theatrical premiere, director John Boorman re-cut the film. That version runs 110 minutes and is available on VHS. [R] 118 mins. 

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