FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Exorcist II - The Heretic

There are two types of people — those who labor under the delusion that Exorcist II: The Heretic is an inferior follow-up to a horror classic, and the enlightened few who understand that John Boorman’s 1977 sequel is just the sort of delirious, wildly unpredictable phantasmagoria that’s sadly lacking in our current cinematic landscape. Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) is back as a blossoming teenager trying to come to grips with a demon-possessed past by being mindfucked by therapist Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest) and her positively nutty “synchronizer” strobe-light device. Add to that dizzying psychedelic sequences, an incredible Ennio Morricone score, James Earl Jones in a locust hat, and a sweaty, drunken turn by Richard Burton as a priest hot on the Devil’s trail and you’ve got — well, we still have never really been able to figure out what we’ve got here, but the experience of it is singularly awesome. Look, only Cinefamily is brave enough to champion this brain-boiler, so do as Pazuzu commands and get your ass to the theater to revel in this inspired madness — the power of Christ compels you!

Watch the trailer for “Exorcist II: The Heretic”!
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