The Exorcist III
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The evil is back. The Exorcist novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Peter Blatty triumphs again with this spellbinding sequel starring George C. Scott.Year: 1990
"'The Exorcist III' is a much better film than either of its predecessors."-- Vincent Canby, New York Times
"William Peter Blatty is David Lynch's good twin. He is eccentric, original, funny and daring, but he also has a sense of taste, pace and restraint. Which is by way of saying this is one of the shrewdest, wittiest, most intense and most satisfying horror movies ever made."-- Ralph Novak, People Magazine
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This is one of those heavy-hitter horrors, kinda like the original "Exorcist" starring Max Von Sydow or the original "The Omen" starring Gregory Peck, whereas "Exorcist III" stars no less than the legendary Patton himself (i.e. George C. Scott). Long-time fans of movies and television will also recognize Scott Wilson (Richard Hickock from "In cold Blood" and Hershel on "The Walking Dead") in the role of the psych-ward doctor as well as Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin from "The Waltons") as a mega-creepy patient who hears voices on an imaginary radio, and Brad Dourif as the Gemini killer who also appeared in Stephen King's "Graveyard Shift" that same year. Apparently 1990 was a year for surreal horror as it also saw the premier of the dark, head-trip "Jacob's Ladder"; however "Exorcist III" is a supernatural thriller that leans more towards crime-drama than mindbender and I can't help wondering how influential the latter was on the monumental "Silence of the Lambs" which came out the following year.
Although part of the Exorcist franchise, III bears little resemblance to the original (and thankfully none to the sequel); but it IS an extremely creepy, stand-alone horror of an altogether different variety than what contemporary fans of the genre are probably used to and I highly recommend you give it a try. :o)
The story takes place about 15 years after the original. A serial killer seems to be on the loose again. The problem is that the killer was executed 15 years before. George C. Scott plays a police officer tasked with tracking down the killer and his search leads him to a mental hospital. There he finds Fr. Damien from the original locked up as a patient and the bodies continue to pile up.
This relase is much more contemplative and talktive than the first two. Most of the story comes out through conversation instead of action. This does not prevent the occasional chilling moment but it is definitely not a slasher movie.
The "orthodoxy" of this film is much more in keeping with the first and with reality as well. There is none of the animistic religion which so pervades the second. In this one, the concept of demonic possesion by proxy is examined with chilling effect.
This is a fine film even if it is not as elementally frightening as the first.
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to supernatural possession and that kindda stuff..