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Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

R | | Horror | 17 June 1977 (USA)
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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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John Boorman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Regan MacNeil
Richard Burton ... Father Philip Lamont
Louise Fletcher ... Dr. Gene Tuskin
Max von Sydow ... Father Merrin
Kitty Winn ... Sharon Spencer
Paul Henreid ... The Cardinal
James Earl Jones ... Older Kokumo
Ned Beatty ... Edwards
Belinda Beatty Belinda Beatty ... Liz (as Belinha Beatty)
Rose Portillo ... Spanish Girl
Barbara Cason ... Mrs. Phalor
Tiffany Kinney Tiffany Kinney ... Deaf Girl
Joey Green Joey Green ... Young Kokumo
Fiseha Dimetros Fiseha Dimetros ... Young Monk
Ken Renard ... Abbot
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Evil lives on... Can it be Stopped? See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

17 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exorcist 2: The Heretic See more »

Filming Locations:

Kayenta, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,735,000, 19 June 1977, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,749,142
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Because of her resemblance to Ellen Burstyn, Louise Fletcher was originally cast as Chris MacNeil when Burstyn had refused to reprise her role. Fletcher was eventually re-cast as Dr. Gene Tuskin, a role originally written for a man, when a suitable male actor couldn't be found and as a result Kitty Winn was contacted to reprise her role as Regan's nanny Sharon Spencer to fill in for Regan's mother. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Tuskin is trying to help a burning Sharon, we hear her yell out "Sharon!" but her mouth never moves. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[theatrical version]
Possessed Woman: Father! Agh! Agh! Oh, Father!
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Crazy Credits

Tap Dance Routine Choreographed by Daniel Joseph Giaghi See more »

Alternate Versions

Exorcist 2 exists in at least three versions. The original version was 117 minutes long and was recut by director John Boorman the day after the premiere into a 110 minutes version, the one released theatrically. Major differences include the addition of a recap of the events of the first film through narration and freeze frame. Using stock shots of Linda Blair from the first film for the climax (all new shots of Regan possessed were done by a double because Linda Blair refused to have the possession makeup done on her again) and an alternate ending where Richard Burton's character is killed (In the original version, he runs off with Regan to help her be a force of good). The European version is also purported to be different. For a long time, only the recut version of Exorcist 2 was available for TV, cable and on video. Recently, the original 117-minutes cut has found its way to video and recent TNT airings. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Lullaby of Broadway
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the saxophone while Regan is tap dancing
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User Reviews

Homage to Teilhard de Chardin disguised as horror/sequel
12 August 2003 | by dejanjovicicSee all my reviews

As the most of the commentators argued here, this film has some serious flaws which make it very hard to comprehend. The story line is inconsistent, the acting disjointed and inadequate, not to mention that it represents a new conceptual whole, essentially detached from its predecessor. Still, it has certain qualities - some original visual effects, photography, great atmosphere (especially the scenes in Africa).

Also, put in a broader context, this film manages to capture a part of intellectual ambiance of the late seventies, introducing ideas and concepts that were then considered pseudo-scientific and fanciful, only to become legitimate subject matter of serious research, two decades later. The collapse of humanity into one group mind (obvious references to de Chardin's notion of noosphere, drawn by father Lamont), the parallels between insect (locust) and human society regarding the spread of destructive/violent behavior (check mass psychology, research on swarm intelligence, the popularity of Steven Johnson's 'Emergence' etc.)

So, for those of you expecting horror movie chills and thrills - you should skip this one. But for those of you interested in how quirky scientific ideas inspire pop-culture pieces like 'The Heretic' - it is highly recommended.


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