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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Regan MacNeil
... Father Philip Lamont
... Dr. Gene Tuskin
... Father Merrin
... Sharon Spencer
... The Cardinal
... Older Kokumo
... Edwards
Belinda Beatty ... Liz (as Belinha Beatty)
... Spanish Girl
... Mrs. Phalor
Tiffany Kinney ... Deaf Girl
Joey Green ... Young Kokumo
Fiseha Dimetros ... Young Monk
... Abbot
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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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It's four years later...what does she remember?

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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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Although it is often regarded as not only the worst film in the series but also one of the worst sequels ever made and one of the worst movies ever made in general, over the years it has developed a cult following especially among fans of John Boorman. See more »

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When the two characters return to the house in Georgetown, they are in the pouring rain holding wet umbrellas which clearly reflect the very intense white film lights above them. See more »

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Possessed Woman: Father! Agh! Agh! Oh, Father!
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Tap Dance Routine Choreographed by Daniel Joseph Giaghi See more »

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Followed by Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) See more »

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Lullaby of Broadway
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Music by Harry Warren
Played on the saxophone while Regan is tap dancing
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Homage to Teilhard de Chardin disguised as horror/sequel
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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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