40+ years after its release The Exorcist is still widely considered the most terrifying horror movie ever created. It’s impact on popular culture remains strong, as is evident by the success of The Exorcist TV series, created by Jeremy Slater, currently enjoying its second season on FOX. 1977’s The Exorcist II: The Heretic, on the other hand, is widely considered the worst horror movie sequel ever created!
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Even Exorcist director William Friedkin has no familial love for The Heretic; while he admits he hasn’t watched any Exorcist sequel/prequel in its entirety, his disdain for the first follow-up is blistering! Here’s what he said in a recent interview.
Friedkin: “I never saw any of the Exorcist films, not even Bill’s [William Blatty, author of The Exorcist novel]. I saw a few minutes of Exorcist II, but that was only because I was in the Technicolor lab timing a film that I had directed — I forget which one — and one of the color timers at Technicolor said, hey, we just made a print of Exorcist II, would you like to have a look at it? I said OK. I went in, and after five minutes, it just blasted me. I couldn’t take it. I thought it was just ridiculous and stupid. But that was only five minutes, so I can’t make an ultimate judgment about it. It just seemed to me to have nothing to do with The Exorcist.”
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Official Synopsis: Owing to his experience with exorcisms, Father Lamont (Richard Burton) is chosen by his superiors to investigate the death of Father Merrin (Max von Sydow), who died during the exorcism of young Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair). Lamont finds Regan under the psychiatric care of Dr. Tuskin (Louise Fletcher). By hypnotizing the girl, he is able to learn that Merrin previously exorcised the same demon from a boy in Africa. Hoping for answers, Lamont travels to Africa in search of the youth.
And if you haven’t checked out The Exorcist Season 2 on FOX yet, the trailer below will catch you up on everything you need to know. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Opening an entirely new chapter in the iconic franchise, Season Two of THE EXORCIST premieres Friday, September 29 (9:00 – 10:00 PM PT/ET), where FATHER TOMAS ORTEGA (Alfonso Herrera) and a newly collarless MARCUS KEANE (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil. Across the Atlantic, FATHER BENNETT (Kurt Egyiawan) attempts to weed out those within the Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to ANDREW KIM (John Cho), a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.
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