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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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Trivia

Originally to be directed by William Friedkin, who had directed The Exorcist (1973), but he lost interest. Cast member George C. Scott would, however, eventually get the chance to work with Friedkin by appearing as Juror #3 in 12 Angry Men (1997). Interestingly, both Lt. Kinderman and Juror #3 were roles previously played by Lee J. Cobb. See more »

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When "Nurse X" hits the police officer, we can see a cable hooked to him when he flies back against the wall. See more »

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The Gemini Killer: I like plays. The good ones... Shakespeare... I like Titus Andronicus the best; it's sweet. Incidentally, did you know that you are talking to an artist? I sometimes do special things to my victims: things that are creative. Of course, it takes knowledge, pride in your work... For example, a decapitated head can continue to see for approximately twenty seconds. So when I have one that's gawking, I always hold it up so that it can see its body. It's a little extra I throw in for no added charge....
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Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: The Exorcist III (2011) See more »

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Tubular Bells
Written by Mike Oldfield
Administered by Virgin Music, Inc.
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I was expecting a movie I could fall to sleep to... So much the opposite
27 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am one of the many Americans who has gained weight over the years. I'm not fat, just a bit chubby. In an effort to correct this, I have been walking more. Every morning, rain or shine, before sunrise, I take a mile-long walk. The only time I miss it is when I'm sick. I've been doing this consistently for about a year.

The morning after I watched this movie, I did not go on my walk. Instead, I was curled up on the couch, watching crappy family sitcoms, just trying to get the chill off my spine.

When I first purchased this movie, I, like so many others, thought I was buying the original The Exorcist. I had never seen it before, so I did not know what the cover should look like, and I missed the little 'III' in the 'O.' So when I got home, I discovered my blunder. I had never even heard of this movie. I had never even heard of the Exorcist II! Naturally, I was expecting it to suck. You know... 'If I've never even heard of it, it can't be very big, and if it was good, it'd be big.' And then I watched it. There was not a single moment where I was not enveloped in suspense. The nurse's station scene is a MASTERPIECE. Period. Not only did it scare me more than any other scene in any other movie I have ever watched, but it was just so finely crafted. The camera never moves. It's like it's just edging you on, warning you that something huge is going to happen. And, if you're anything like me, your eyes start playing tricks on you. Because it was so still, I kept looking for things that were moving, and I kept thinking the door was opening slightly, or that something was twitching. Every time she left the screen, I held my breath, and every time she returned, I sighed in relief. Then, when she returned for her last time... well, I swear I would have screamed if I wasn't petrified into stillness.

And the astonishing thing is, they manage to pull all of this off with very little gore! This is not a slasher horror. It is a psychological thriller. If you watch it and are not terrified, in my estimation, you are simply not attentive enough to get it.

I have not seen the original so I cannot compare the two, but I can say that this movie scared me more than any other movie I have ever watched. Period.


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