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Exorcist II: The Heretic (Snap Case Packaging) (1977)

Richard Burton , Linda Blair , John Boorman  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Burton, Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn
  • Directors: John Boorman
  • Writers: John Boorman, Rospo Pallenberg, William Goodhart
  • Producers: John Boorman, Charles Orme, Richard Lederer
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067FP5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,903 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Exorcist II: The Heretic (Snap Case Packaging)" on IMDb

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  • Alternate ending

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"As a movie writer-director, William Peter Blatty is like David Lynch's good twin. He is eccentric, funny, original and daring but he also has a sense of pace, taste and restraint. Which is by way of saying that, full of both fun and thrills,  this is one of the shrewdest, wittiest, most intense and most satisfying horror movies ever made. Blatty builds the tension with a skill reminiscent of Hitchcock's 'Psycho.'"-- Ralph Novak, PEOPLE Magazine

"The Exorcist III is a better film than either of its predecessors."-- Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Product Description

John Boorman directed this underrated, terror-filled sequel that follows an 18-year-old Regan (Linda Blair), who once again is beset by an evil spirit. Louise Fletcher and Richard Burton co-star as a child psychologist and a heretical priest who explore new methods to treat the possessed teenager. With Max von Sydow, James Earl Jones and Ned Beatty. 117 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Bahasa, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai; alternate opening; theatrical trailer. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is why movies are great!!! August 26, 2002
Format:DVD
When the whole world tells you a film is absolutly awful and you take the time to watch it and are hypnotized from fade in to fade out. This is what happened 20 years ago when I took the time to watch this film because I admired Boorman's POINT BLANK so much. Unbelievable!! If Boorman had just made a movie called THE HERETIC without the pretense of being a sequel to THE EXORCIST it would have a bigger following then it does now. This film is a delirious flood of images and ideas about the collective subconscience, good and evil, and is more a critique of Blatty and Friedkin's documentary approach to the original film then a sequel to it. Just as Boorman's films ZARDOZ and EXCALIBUR are dreamlike abstractions where the acting and plot are secondary to the visuals THE HERETIC does not play on our expectations of things that go bump in the night. BOO! He is more interested in the things that connect our dreams to our souls and our souls to the dreams of the rest of mankind. Pretenious? Maybe. Absurd? Certainly in spots, that is undeniable. But this movie is original, daring to be original when making a dull rehash of THE EXORCIST would have given Boorman the biggest audience of his career. Forget THE EXORCIST when you watch this film. Watch it for what it is. One of the greatest fantasy films ever made and one of Boorman's best.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drastically underrated January 7, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Yes, big problems with this film are really evident. It's badly miscast, not well-written, and the acting is often hammy and way over-the-top. But give it a chance. The set-design, fx, music and cinematography are extraordinary. It's a visionary film that is highly ambitious in its investigation into the nature of evil. For that it's worth looking at with a different eye. If you go into it expecting something like the original film then you'll rightfully be disappointed, possibly angered by it.

There's a reason why Martin Scorsese admires this film quite a bit.

See it not as a comparison to the orginal but as a film that stands on its own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel August 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The Heretic is a better sequel than what most horror movies have. Why does everyone put it down? I loved it the first time I saw it. True, it's not as disgusting and vulgar as the original, but it's still got a good plot. Sequels usually ruin films yet this one doesn't.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I can sum up what's bad about this movie in one word, 'synchronizer.' If not for the fabrication of this silly, non-existent machine I don't believe this movie would be as badly berated as it has been since its '77 release. Demons, the Devil we can accept, but an instrument that allows a person to see the images and visions in the mind of another, RIDICULOUS! Yes, Richard Burton does ham it up quite a bit and it would have also been better without Louise Fletcher reworking her Nurse Ratched role from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" but somethings you just have to live with.

However once you get past the negatives you are left with a wonderfully directed, visually and musically haunting film that will remain within the inner resesses of your dreaming mind for quite sometime. Director John Boorman (Emerald Forest) smoothly and expertly moves to and fro between two interconnected worlds, the physical and the spiritual, resulting in the illusion of a heightened sense of awareness in the viewer. It's almost as though we have become privy to the thoughts and images within the mind of the demon Pazuzu. In spite of what many critics have to say, there is depth and thought behind the storyline, only much of it's implied and left up to the viewer to discern on their own.

Flawed as it is, this film points out a very important fact concerning the spiritual dimension and the subject of demonic possession. Deliverance doesn't necessarily bring an end to confrontation, in most cases it's only the beginning. Demons are known for their persistence. This film deals with this subject matter superbly and in some cases quite insightfully. It certainly isn't as good as the original but it covers new and important ground in the ongoing storyline. That along with the visuals make "Exorcist II - The Heretic" a worthy sequel.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Good Locust August 6, 2010
Format:DVD
Anyone who appreciates a bit of philosophy/theology, or renderings of remote Ethiopian clifftop monasteries, or the splendor of flight through exotic landscapes, or a piercing moment of realization, or the battle between good and evil, or an unbridled imagination, or the acting of the great Richard Burton and the charming Linda Blair, will certainly also appreciate Exorcist II: The Heretic. Evil targets the innocent (gleeful at their ruin) and urges society's slide toward debauchery (Sodom and Gomorrah): Who can resist the frenzy of the swarm? Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
I really thought that Exorcist 2: The Heretic was a better sequel than Exorcist 3! Though the film may have been flawed, but what sequel isnt? I in some ways got just as scared watching this one as I did watching the first. Linda Blair was once again brilliant in this film. Richard Burton added a subtle chill to the film which I thought worked very well. The film over all I think was very creepy in a very psycological and subliminal sense. All the African and Pazuzu back story was a nice touch as well. The climax of the film I would say is the best part of it. I feel that the reason that this film was not accepted as well as the first is because that people expected too much from it, and also in my opinion it did not need to be like the first. I think the film stands on it's own merit very nicely! I give it four stars!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it better than the first
This one seems to go more in depth which I always tend to enjoy but I like all of em...
Published 15 days ago by Jason A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the travesty that it seems, but not the movie that it should have...
Linda Blair is beautiful (and young) here, and she is reason enough to find the film a ravishing visual movie. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
2.0 out of 5 stars It Was Horrible, Utterly Horrible,...And Not Fascinating.
Viewed: 3/14
Rate: 3

3/14: Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, James Earl Jones, Paul Henreid, Max von Sydow and Ned Beatty...all in the same film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Austin Somlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Exorcist II, The Heretic
Ordered for friend to go with his other Exorcist collection. Was as he remembered. Good movie, good action. Loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Cecy
3.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, but misguided sequel
Make sure to check out my horror movie review blog at: brandoncsites.blogspot.com

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) **1/2 / 4
D: John Boorman
C: Linda Blair,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brandon Sites
5.0 out of 5 stars will the evil force be defeated?
this sequel takes place with the mutual assistance of an older Regan, a priest, a psychologist, and a man who had been possessed by the demon Pazzuzu. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jack kiker wyatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
I think people complaining about this sequel are missing the point. Sure it's a bit of a train wreck at times. Nothing is gonna live up to the original. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eutha
2.0 out of 5 stars All over the place
If there's anything this film will become famous for, it's for being one of the worst sequels of all time to one of the biggest original pictures. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paperbackstash
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Fantasy-Horror Film
Most of the original cast returns along with the wonderful Richard Burton. Regan is grown up now (Linda Blair looks great) but is still haunted by the demon Pazuzu from the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MacheteJason
4.0 out of 5 stars Exorcist II
The is the sequel to "The Exorcist," though this film isn't nearly as good or as scary. Still, it's fun and entertaining. Read more
Published 7 months ago by warlord
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