Exorcist 2 - The Heretic (Long Version)

Starring: Richard Burton, Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher and James Earl Jones
Warner Home Video
RRP: 29.99
Certificate: 18
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In John Boorman's sequel to William Friedkin's original The Exorcist Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) is haunted by dreams of flying. She has visions. She is in psychoanalytic therapy. It has been four years since a priest of the Catholic Church exorcised a demon from her, and yet... there are still the dreams. Father Lamont (Richard Burton) and Dr. Gene Tuskin (Louise Fletcher) work together, trying to clear the last corners of Regan's spiritual disorder. They trace the evil back to Africa and the cult of the locust...

From the team that didn't bring you the fantastic first film comes this sorry little number. Regan is currently institutionalised, still haunted by her terrible experience for years ago (Not because of her choice of scripts). Then the lovely Father Lamont comes along and finds that the evil spirit that once possessed her body was merely lying dormant and not exorcised. A (anti)climactic battle of good versus evil ensues.

Sadly this is not a good film. Whilst the storyline is just a mish mash of different plot ends, straight from your average scriptwriters bargain basement, the acting is not much better. At the end of this horrible experience you don't really care whether or not good or evil wins. You just care that the DVD will end. Not a good film and not a good DVD.

Still if you're game for a laugh and have nothing (and I mean nothing) better to do one night then you could watch this. It will make you chuckle. Just.

Simon Lee

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