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Despitea legacy as arguably the greatest horror film of all time, no franchise has struggled with sequels as consistently as Exorcist has William Friedkin’s 1973 film shocked audiences, although its sequel was much more shocking in a much worse way.
The Exorcist II: The Heretic is widely considered not only one of the worst horror sequels of all time, but also one of the worst movies ever made. Its star-studded cast, which includes Richard Burton, Max von Sydow, Louise Fletcher, James Earl Jones and Linda Blair, left this embarrassing mark on their filmography. Horror fans are now scrambling to find anything salvageable from the 1977 sequel.
This may be the most impossible task in the horror debate.
Even to the modern eye, it’s mind-boggling how such a strong cast could have given the world such a lousy sequel, but perhaps the best thing about the film is the cast. Blair returns as an older version of Regan, still struggling with life after the first film, with her in and out of a mental hospital.
There is a wonderful cynical view A heretic, with such an early example of a Hollywood horror film making money. Proceeding from the feeling of “well, the first one was good, so why not”, it narrowly broke even with a profit of $30 million from $14 million.
The music by the eternally talented composer Ennio Morricone is another huge positive Exorcist II, you can create stunning music with it again. If there is a better composer in the world, we will be glad to see him. Morricone’s ability to put his best foot forward for such a bad project arguably makes the film worthy.
Speaking of truly terrible sequels, one cannot fail to mention them American psychopath 2. What if you replaced biting satire and brilliant writing with nothing? At least Mila Kunis and William Shatner got paid, pretty much A heretic to cast
Shout out to the demons A heretic which has one of the best demon names in Pazuzu. Always about demons who get funny names in horror. looking at you Ominous.
The Exorcist II: The Heretic is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video.