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The Exorcist III (1990)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  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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Asked how he is able to get in and out of jail without being seen, The Gemini Killer (Brad Dourif) replies: "It's child's play." The camera cuts to a young, red-headed boy who looks a lot like the Chucky doll. Dourif provides the voice of Chucky in Child's Play (1988) and its sequels. See more »

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When Kinderman connects the murder victims in this film to the case in the first movie, it is revealed that one victim, the African American boy, is connected because it was his mother that determined that Reagan was speaking backward English. However, when you watch the first movie, the person that determines the language is a man that is Caucasion. See more »

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A cop investigates cruel murders committed by a supernatural killer who has been dead for many years ago
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Effective chiller about a strange possessed murderer that causes creepy goings-on at a mental facility and church . Suspense , mystery , shocks and grisly horror is this classic terror film . It deals with a police lieutenant (George C. Scott) in Georgetown mourns the anniversary of a priest's death as a serial killer strikes ; he bears remarkable resemblance to ¨Gemini Killer¨ , who has been dead for fifteen years . The brutal and gruesome serial killer is at large and carries out a criminal spree . Meanwhile , the Police Inspector is investigating the weird events . And the cop suffering incredible risks trying to unravel mystery of demon living inside a nutty man (Brad Dourif).

This is a fairly suspenseful and horrifying story full of thrills , chills , intrigue and supernatural events . The film contains restless terror , gore , blood and usual poltergeists phenomenon and ghastly shenanigans . Top-notch picture , thanks to fine acting , tight pacing, well mounted edition and skillful special effects with magnificent make-up . This is a terrifying and startling story about possession with some moments developed in slow-moving and complex situations . It is produced with acceptable budget by James G. Robinson and Joe Roth , being well recreated with high grade special effects that are frightening and horrifying to spectator . The script is awesome , the acting excellent and the direction by William Peter Blatty plenty of good pace and conviction . This 1990 picture titled ¨The Exorcist III¨ by William Peter Blatty displays a magnificent cast such as George C Scott, Brad Dourif, Ed Flanders , Nicol Williamson and Jason Miller again Father Karras . And a good support cast as Lee Patterson , Viveca Lindfords , Scott Wilson , George DiCenzo , Don Gordon , Harry Carey Jr and uncredited Samuel L. Jackson as a Dream Blind Man . Dark cinematography in sinister and mysterious atmosphere by Gerry Fisher. Frightening and atmospheric musical score by Barry DeVorzon adding Mike Oldfield's soundtrack at main titles . The tale is classified ¨R¨ for graphic violence and profanity but contains gore and guts.

The original ¨Exorcist¨ (by William Friedkin) was an excellent flick in which died some actors at the time finished the movie and added a legend about Exorcist's curse . It spawned a wave of demonic possession movies that continues unabated today as ¨Changeling¨ (by Peter Medak), ¨Amytiville ¨(by Stuart Rosemberg) , ¨Darkness¨ (by Jaume Balaguero) are three further examples of this sub-genre . And followed by two sequels and numerous imitations , in 1977 ¨the Heretic¨ by John Boorman with Richard Burton, Linda Blair , deemed awful and this ¨Exorcist 3¨ . Furthermore, spawned two prequels starred by a young Father Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) : "Paul Schrader's Exorcist: The Original Prequel" and ¨Exorcist , The beginning¨ and set in Africa , both of them directed by Paul Schrader and Renny Harlin respectively . Exorcist III is one the highest earning horror picture of the 90s with 6,5 rating . It is a rare film not for squeamish and is better than ¨Beginning¨ , ¨The original sequel¨ and the worst ¨Exorcist II¨ .


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