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Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

R | | Horror | 17 June 1977 (USA)
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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Belinda Beatty ...
Liz (as Belinha Beatty)
Rose Portillo ...
Spanish Girl
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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17 June 1977 (USA)  »

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Exorcist 2: The Heretic  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Richard Burton only agreed to make the film in return for Columbia casting him as Dr. Martin Dysart in Equus (1977), which he had played on stage. 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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Tap Dance Routine Choreographed by Daniel Joseph Giaghi See more »


Lullaby of Broadway
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the saxophone while Regan is tap dancing
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So Bad It's Great!
20 March 2005 | by (Fredericton, Canada) – See all my reviews

Do I recommend seeing the Exorcist II? You bet I do! It's so ridiculously bad, you're sure to enjoy yourself. You will laugh out loud at the hypnotism scene. Your sides will hurt at the priest's attempts to put out a fire with a crutch. And was Richard Burton possessed by William Shatner for this movie? One of the best bad movies ever. Someday they'll make a movie about this movie, I'm sure of it. The director didn't like the original Exorcist! Who hires a director for a sequel when he disliked the original? And this was the most expensive movie produced by Warner Bros. at the time? Where did it all go?

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