Exorcist II: The Heretic ()

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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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Regan MacNeil
Father Philip Lamont
Dr. Gene Tuskin
Father Merrin
Sharon Spencer
The Cardinal
Older Kokumo
Liz (as Belinha Beatty)
Rose Portillo ...
Spanish Girl
Mrs. Phalor
Tiffany Kinney ...
Deaf Girl
Joey Green ...
Young Kokumo
Fiseha Dimetros ...
Young Monk
Lorry Goldman ...
Accident Victim
Bill Grant ...
Taxi Driver
Gary Tuskin
Joely Adams ...
Linda Tuskin
Robert Lussier
Charles Parks
Man on the Plane
George Skaff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raven Grey Eagle ...
Native (uncredited)
Kelley Karel ...
Singer (uncredited)
Karen Knapp ...
Pazuzu (uncredited)
Patient (uncredited)
Sandra Phalor (uncredited)

Directed by

John Boorman
Rospo Pallenberg ... (uncredited)

Written by

William Goodhart ... (written by)
William Peter Blatty ... (based on characters created by) (uncredited)
Rospo Pallenberg ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

John Boorman ... producer
Richard Lederer ... producer
Charles Orme ... associate producer

Music by

Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by

William A. Fraker

Film Editing by

Tom Priestley
John Merritt ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

Axel Hubert Sr. ... associate editor (uncredited)
Ron Spang ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Mary Goldberg ... (uncredited)
Alan Shayne ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

Richard Macdonald

Art Direction by

Jack T. Collis

Set Decoration by

John P. Austin ... (as John Austin)

Costume Design by

Robert De Mora

Makeup Department

Ron Berkeley ... makeup artist: Mr. Burton
Wayne Edgar ... makeup artist
Lynda Gurasich ... supervising hair stylist
Gary Liddiard ... makeup supervisor
Dick Smith ... special makeup effects artist
Carrie White ... additional hair stylist
Gae Clark Butler ... second hairdresser (uncredited)
Terry Miles ... second makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

John R. Coonan ... unit production manager (as John Coonan)
William C. Gerrity ... unit production manager: New York (as William Gerrity)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Victor Hsu ... second assistant director
Rospo Pallenberg ... second unit director
Phil Rawlins ... assistant director
William S. Beasley ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

Kathrin Boorman ... draughtsman: Regan's drawings
Harold Broner ... construction coordinator
Richard Lawrence ... assistant art director
Richard M. Rubin ... property master
Gene Rudolf ... art director: New York
Glen R. Feldman ... leadman (uncredited)
Douglas Forsmith ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Dean Edward Mitzner ... assistant art director (uncredited)
David Moll ... second assistant property master (uncredited)
Peter R. Romero ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Walter Wylie ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

Jim Atkinson ... sound effects editor
Les Fresholtz ... re-recording mixer
Walter Goss ... sound mixer
Russ Hill ... synchronization effects editor
Michael Minkler ... re-recording mixer
Arthur Piantadosi ... re-recording mixer
Al Boyle ... boom operator (uncredited)
Collins Shields ... cableman (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Jim Blount ... special effects
Wayne Edgar ... special effects
Chuck Gaspar ... special effects
Jeff Jarvis ... special effects
Roy Kelly ... special effects
Richard Ratliff ... special effects
Wayne Beauchamp ... special effects crew (uncredited)
Ted Koerner ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Bill Hansard ... process consultant
Albert Whitlock ... special visual effects (as Albert J. Whitlock)
Henry Schoessler ... matte crew (uncredited)
Albert Whitlock ... matte artist (uncredited)


John Ashby ... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss ... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Bennie Moore ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Arthur Brooker ... key grip (as Art Brooker)
Garrett Brown ... steadicam operator
Diane Eddy ... camera operator: second unit
Ken Eddy ... camera operator: second unit
Bill Krattiger ... lighting technician
Nick McLean ... camera operator
Sean Morris ... special photographer: Locust
Doug Pentek ... gaffer
David L. Quaid ... camera operator: second unit (as David Quaid)
Chris Schwiebert ... camera operator
Dave Thompson ... special photographer: Locust
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. ... first assistant camera (as Ron Vargas)
Gerald H. Boatright ... second best boy (uncredited)
Michael B. Corbett ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ray De La Motte ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Adam Glick ... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Frank Lambers ... grip best boy (uncredited)
Gary Stark ... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Chris Strong ... electrician (uncredited)
Orlando Suero ... still photographer (uncredited)
Don Yamasaki ... best boy (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Betsy Cox ... costume supervisor
Bruce Walkup ... costume supervisor
Bill Milton ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

John James ... location manager

Music Department

Harper MacKay ... choral director
Eugene Marks ... music editor (as Gene Marks)
Ennio Morricone ... conductor / orchestrator
Dan Wallin ... score mixer
Gloria O'Brien ... singer: theme music (uncredited)
Brandon Quinn ... choral singer (uncredited)
Sally Stevens ... singer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Bonnie Prendergast ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Joe Gary ... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Richard Padgett ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Fiseha Dimetros ... technical consultant: Africa
Fisha Dimetros ... technical consultant: Africa
Daniel Joseph Giaghi ... choreographer: tap dance routine
Steven R. Kutcher ... entomologist
Andrea Nachman ... production secretary
Rospo Pallenberg ... creative associate
Dan Perri ... title designer
Melissa Skoff ... secretary to director
Kenneth Fineman ... hypnosis consultant (uncredited)
Ardie Ivy ... assistant: AFI (uncredited)
Geri Jacobson ... co-production secretary (uncredited)
Ramon Pahoyo ... craft service (uncredited)
Carol Riggins ... animal trainer (uncredited)


Tom Culla ... special thanks (as Tommy Culla)
Michael Dryhurst ... special thanks
Peter MacDonald ... special thanks
Geoffrey Unsworth ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines The evil lives on. . .can it be stopped? See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • The Exorcist II (United States)
  • The Heretic (United States)
  • Exorcist 2: The Heretic (United States)
  • The Exorcist II: The Heretic (United States)
  • The Exorcist 2 (World-wide, English title)
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  • 117 min
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Box Office

Budget $14,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $6,735,000, 19 Jun 1977

Did You Know?

Trivia The original cast and crew of The Exorcist (1973) were very much opposed to a sequel. William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty actually met to discuss ideas at one point, but when they failed to develop a suitable premise, they abandoned the project. Both Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn turned down repeated offers by the studio, though Blair eventually agreed to return when presented with what she considered a good script. However, according to Blair, due to various rewrites the script ended up a total mess. By that point, however, she was contractually bound to a sequel, and unable to drop out of the project. See more »
Goofs The institution where Regan receives treatment has glass offices in which you can see the patients and their counselors with the only privacy being offered is by audio. Glass rooms in actual institutions usually have blinds/ curtains to provide visual privacy. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Science Fiction Film Awards (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Lullaby of Broadway See more »
Crazy Credits Tap Dance Routine Choreographed by Daniel Joseph Giaghi See more »
Quotes Father Lamont: Pazuzu, king of the evil spirits of the air, help me to find Kokumo!
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