EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (1977 U.S.) D/P: JOHN BOORMAN W: WILLIAM GOODHART P: RICHARD S. LEDERER
The original was an audience-manipulating horror classic. This is not. Richard Burton is a disciple of Father Carras investigating his death. Linda Blair is all grown up now and may still have the wind god Pazuzu inside her. Ludicrous scenes at a children's centre for learning difficulties (where mom Louise Fletcher works) feature the use of a hypnosis machine. Max Von Sydow returns and James Earl Jones is an African doctor. The ending (involving locusts) is proof-positive of the futility of this exercise. Clips from the original outshine everything else. With Kitty Winn (also in the original), Paul Henried, Ned Beatty, Hank Garrett and the voice of Vladek Sheybal (THE APPLE). Another sequel followed.

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