The Explosive Review – Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

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Four years after “The Exorcist”, the Cardinal assigns Father Philip Lamont to investigate the mysterious death of Father Lankester Merrin who was killed during the exorcism of the Assyrian demon Pazuzu that possessed Regan MacNeil. The Cardinal informs Lamont that Merrin’s death has brought upon posthumous heresy charges and some church facilities are not even sure if the exorcism was necessary – Basically, they don’t want to acknowledge the existence of Satan. Lamont, a priest who is struggling with faith, has some experience in exorcism, and is well aware of Merrin’s controversial teachings, accepts the assignment. 

Meanwhile, Regan MacNeil has grown into a beautiful young teenage girl and is now seemingly normal, she is currently staying with guardian Sharon Spencer while her mother is away shooting a movie in California. Despite Regan’s normal state, she continues to be monitored at a psychiatric facility by Dr. Gene Tuskin, who believes Regan’s memories of her exorcism are buriedor repressed within.

Its films like “Exorcist II: The Heretic” which give sequels a bad reputation. Its films like “Exorcist II: The Heretic” which make you wonder why they even bothered making a sequel in the first place. This sequel to the creepy horror classic, “The Exorcist” (1973), is devoid of any qualities found in the original. The entire film is a complete bore, there isn’t one ounce of scariness anywhere to be found here.


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