The Exorcist 2: The Heretic

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Released 1977

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Director:
John Boorman
Released:
1977
Rating:
R

The Exorcist 2: The Heretic is the 1977 sequel to the popular horror film about a young girl possessed by a demon. Now a teenager, Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) sees Dr. Gene Tuskin (Louise Fletcher), who specializes in troubled children. Dr. Tuskin has developed a device that uses hypnosis to link minds together and discovers that Regan still has a demon, Pazuzu, within her. Meanwhile, The Cardinal (Paul Henreid) wants an investigation into the death of Father Merrin (Max von Sydow), who died during the exorcism of Regan. Father Lamont (Richard Burton) undertakes the task, traveling all the way to Africa to meet Kokumo (James Earl Jones), who was treated by Father Merrin as a child. Kokumo later developed special powers. Lamont begins to see the connection between Kokumo's decades old experience and Regan's recent possession. Father Lamont travels to Georgetown to help Regan take on Pazuzu for a final battle. John Boorman ("The Tailor of Panama") directs this horrific thriller.

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Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Time Out

    Substantially recut by Boorman after his original version was derided in America, but it's still easy to see why New Yorkers jeered. Boorman completely avoids gore and obscenity, t...

  • 50

    Variety

    Since any title containing Roman numerals invites comparison, the answer is: No, Exorcist II is not as good as The Exorcist. It isn't even close. Gone now is the simple clash betwe...

  • 40

    Empire Kim Newman

    A famously disastrous follow-up to William Friedkin's horror hit.

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Drama, Horror, Music, Suspense

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Cult, Satanic, Supernatural, Teen Terror