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The Exorcist III (1990)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  17 August 1990 (USA)
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A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased 'Gemini' serial killer, lead him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

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Lt. Kinderman and Father Dyer cheer each other up on the anniversary of the death of their mutual friend, Father Damien Karras, by going to see "It's a Wonderful Life" at the local theater in Georgetown, near Washington D.C. But there's no cheering Kinderman while a particularly cruel and gruesome serial killer is at large. His murders, which involve torture, decapitation and the desecration of religious icons, is bad enough; but they also resemble those of the Gemini Killer, who has been dead for fifteen years. Written by J. Spurlin

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Exorcist III: Legion  »

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The Exorcism at the end of the movie was completely different. It Showed Father Karras and the Gemini Killer within the same person and their faces continuously changing back and forth while while they were receiving the Exorcism. William Peter Blatty was forced to change this as it got too confusing as to who was receiving the Exorcism. However, in the the theatrical trailer, the scene exists. See more »

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I cannot say enough about this exceptional movie. A must for any horror collection!
25 May 2006 | by (spokane,usa) – See all my reviews

Director/Script(From his novel Legion): William Peter Blatty, Cast: George C. Scott (William Kinderman), Ed Flanders (Father Joseph K. Dyer), Nancy Fish (Nurse Allerton), Jason Miller (Patient X aka. Father Damien Karras), Brad Dourif (Gemini Killer/James Venamun), Scott Wilson (Dr. Temple), Nicol Williamson (Father Paul Morning)

This is the 1990 film adaption of Blatty's novel Legion. Ignoring the lousy 'Exorcist 2' this film takes place fifteen years after the events of the first film. This is the true sequel to The Exorcist. Three of the characters from the first film are also in this one. Detective Kinderman (played by Lee Cobb in the original now played by George C Scott), Father Dyer (Played by Rev. William O. Malley in the original now played by Ed Flanders), and Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller).

At the end of the original film, Father Karras 'dies' by either jumping or being forced out the window and down the stars after assisting with the exorcism of Reagan. As it turns out, he didn't actually die. During what should have been his death, his body becomes possessed by the spirit of the Gemini Killer as a way for Satan to seek torment on Father Karras for performing the exorcism on Reagan. This movie starts out with Dective Kinderman meting Father Dyer on the 15th anniversary of Father Karras's death(He is presumed dead) for a showing of It's a Wonderful Life. Kinderman is investigating a series of deaths that horrifically resemble the work of the Gemini Killer who had been executed fifteen years earlier. The victims are decapitated and their heads replaced with one from a statue of Christ. Sometimes entire organs are removed and replaced with religious artifacts such as rosaries. What is troubling is that the murders are being executed in ways only the Gemini Killer would have known. Dective Kinderman is eventually to discover that is old friend Father Karras is in a psychiatric ward and appearers to be possessed by the Genini Killer.

This film represents one of those rare cases where a sequel is equal or even better than the original film. The problem with so many sequels especially with horror movies is that it is hard to create the same kind of atmosphere the second time around. This is not at all the case here. Blatty was able to create the same gloomy atmosphere. Like the original, this movie is filmed in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC. The characterization is also excellent in this film. As good as in the first. I like George C. Scott and Lee Cobb about equally well as Detectve Kinderman. This movie is more plot driven and less special effects driven than the original. The first film relied too much on sensationalism at times to get it point across. This film is an 'intellictual' horror film. One had to follow the story to be scared by it. But what an effect it has! Especially if you believe in heaven and hell, good and evil. I sure do.

William Peter Blatty wanted this film to be called Legion after his novel and this film was to have no exorcisms in it. Unfortunately, the studio made him include an exorcism and call the film 'The Exorcist 3' to cash in on the Exorcist name. The exorcism at the end of the film was a weak point in the film and I will tell you why. To do an exorcism once again uses it too casually. In reality, the Catholic church really performs exorcisms. Few priests are even qualified to do it. Exorcism are only performed under extremely rare circumstances and they have to be approved by at least the bishop. A priest cannot routinely perform an exorcism. That aside, it just added unnecessary sensationalism to the film. Otherwise this is a great film and one of my all time favorite horror films. This is a truly underrated work. I am really hoping for a special edition directors cut of this to come out.


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