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The Exorcist III (1990)

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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17 August 1990 (USA)  »

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$26,098,824 (USA)
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Favorite film of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. See more »

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The size of the bandage and the tape across James Venamun's nose changes size several times. See more »

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Patient X: I have dreams... of a rose, and then of falling down a long flight of steps.
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A near perfect masterpiece
1 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can imagine a lot of people were surprised when they heard the announcement that another 'Exorcist' sequel was on the way. The first sequel had been such a failure that it seemed to ruin the future of the series. Then a few years after it's release William Peter Blatty, the man who started it all, wrote his novel 'Legion,' the true sequel to the original story. It would be another several years before production would start on a feature film adaptation, written and directed by Blatty himself. The novel was a best seller, so how could this film miss? I'm sure people who saw 'The Heretic' must have been thinking that it couldn't possibly be any worse than that film. And according to many it's not only better than that sequel, which it ignores, but like the original it too is a masterpiece. Too bad about that ending though.

Pros: Intelligently written and directed. Excellent performances from everyone involved. Very nicely photographed. Some really unsettling scenes and images. Perfectly paced. The score, what little there is, is quite good and there's an effective use of sound effects like rumbling. Spectacular effects. Suspenseful and riveting.

Cons: The final scenes in the padded room don't fit with the rest of the film. They're over-the-top and weren't needed.

Final thoughts: In this reviewer's opinion the first sequel isn't as bad as it's said to be, but it's certainly not something to be proud of either. However this one more than makes up for that and is actually almost as good as the original film. Unfortunately some people who should have backed off had to interfere and the film ended up different than originally intended. It doesn't ruin the film, which is brilliant, but it does leave a mark that can probably never been erased.

My rating: 4.5/5


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