Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  17 June 1977 (USA)
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A 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Belinda Beatty ...
Liz (as Belinha Beatty)
Rose Portillo ...
Spanish Girl
Barbara Cason ...
Mrs. Phalor
Tiffany Kinney ...
Deaf Girl
Joey Green ...
Young Kokumo
Fiseha Dimetros ...
Young Monk
Ken Renard ...


Dr. Gene Tuskin works with troubled children, perhaps none more troubled than Regan MacNeil, who suffers from bad dreams and repressed memories. The memories she represses are of the time she was possessed by a demon. Dr. Tuskin's invention, a device that hypnotizes two persons and links their minds together, reveals that the demon, named Pazuzu, still lurks within her. It is desperate to emerge again and wreak havoc. Meanwhile, Father Philip Lamont is ordered by his cardinal to investigate the death of Father Merrin, the priest who died while performing an exorcism on Regan. Father Lamont undertakes his task reluctantly. He feels unworthy of his assignment. He also feels that Evil is literally an entity and that this entity is winning the battle over Good. His investigation takes him to Africa where he locates another recipient of Merrin's exorcising and learns something fascinating and terrible about locusts. Written by J. Spurlin

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It's four years later...what does she remember?


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Exorcist 2: The Heretic  »

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Did You Know?


William Peter Blatty, author of the original novel, reportedly had to stifle his own laughter upon viewing the film at the premiere. See more »


When Dr. Tuskin is trying to help a burning Sharon, we hear her yell out "Sharon!" but her mouth never moves. See more »


[first lines]
[theatrical version]
Possessed Woman: Father! Agh! Agh! Oh, Father!
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Crazy Credits

Tap Dance Routine Choreographed by Daniel Joseph Giaghi See more »


Referenced in Hagan Reviews: Exorcist: The Beginning (2012) See more »


Lullaby of Broadway
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the saxophone while Regan is tap dancing
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Not as Bad as Everyone Says It is
24 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK so maybe this movie wasn't as good as the original, but honestly ask yourself Is it possible to create a movie as good as The Exorcist without recreating it? I think not. It had in my opinion a very good plot. I thought it was very cool how they went into detail about the past of Father Merrin while still focusing on what Regan is going through, and I'm glad they didn't do the same monster. I really liked how they set Father Lemont up to have to choose between the angelic Regan and the sinful Regan,and speaking of Regan Linda Blair was awesome. Going back to the end, I love how even though they looked the same and were dressed the same she managed to make the costume work, and make it look like an innocent sort of dress for one, yet at the same time the evil Regan looked sexy in the same dress!All in all I thought it was a darn good sequel and give it a 7/10!

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