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Exorcist II - The Heretic (1977)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1977 Wide



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Four years after her bout of demonic possession, Regan MacNeil seems at peace as she enjoys a privileged but lonely adolescence. Her actress mother, absent on-location, leaves her in the care of her childhood nanny, Sharon, who feels inextricably bound to her young charge despite the terror she endured during the girl's possession. Regan attends frequent counseling sessions with Dr. Gene Tuskin, an unorthodox psychologist who believes Regan remembers more of her ordeal than she admits.



William Goodhart

Aug 20, 2002


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In a film that is by no means light on candidates for Worst Single Element, Richard Burton is pretty clearly the very bottom.

September 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A glittering riposte to the original's earthbound viciousness

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

It may be that the best way to watch The Heretic is to shut off the soundtrack and play a CD of Goblin's Suspiria score as accompaniment.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Kinetofilm

Director John Boorman accomplishes dazzling things with his eerie, reflective sets and powerhouse cast including Richard Burton and Louise Fletcher.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Very enjoyable in retrospect, and a big improvement on its source material.

March 19, 2004 | Comments (3)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

One fascinating disaster--an anti-Exorcist sequel from a filmmaker openly contemptuous of the original.

August 27, 2003 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not as bad as I was led to believe. Some interesting ideas about the aftermath. But alas, still not a compelling story.

July 14, 2003

What a shameless, awlful follow-up to one of horror's greatest moments

September 17, 2002

Compelling reasons for watching Exorcist II? Well, there's Richard Burton's voice. Then, there's...uh.... Oh, forget it. There are no reasons for watching this film.

September 8, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Just plain silly but has a sort of bad movie charm.

August 8, 2002
IGN Movies

Possibly the worst film ever made and surely the worst sequel ever made.

August 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

How could such a sure-thing sequel end up so absolutely atrocious? I've no idea.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for Exorcist II - The Heretic

Awful follow-up to The Exorcist. The film lacks anything that would make this a worthwhile follow-up to one of the greatest classics in horror history. However due to a poor plot, and very poor directing, this sequel doesn't do the original justice whatsoever. What we have here in this sequel is a poor attempt at trying to outdo the original. Unfortunately for this film nothing works. The scares are bland and the acting is boring, uninspired and overall not effective. Considering the cast involved, you'd expect this film to be at least watchable. However due to a bad script, sloppy acting and directing, this is one pointless sequel, one that doesn't deliver the jolts you'd expect. As a fan of The Exorcist, I was very much disappointed with film, and felt it was horrible. Only Exorcist: The Beginning was worst than this. This is a poor horror that I can't recommend to any fans of the genre. As a matter of fact this is one of the worst sequels in a horror franchise and there's absolutely nothing to enjoy about this film. If you've loved The Exorcist, you should pass up on this one, there's nothing to enjoy and the scares are almost nonexistent. They could have done something good here, but the film feels rushed, and unfocused throughout. The Heretic is honestly one of the worst horror sequel in the genre, and if you watch it, you'll understand why.
March 24, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Either fail big or go home. The Exorcist 2 is a massive FAIL on almost every level. While there are some impressive visuals, they are buried under so much unbelievable nonsense as to make there contribution nearly non-existent.
October 6, 2010

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(Review coming soon)
April 4, 2010

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    1. Regan MacNeil: There's notting wrong with me.
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