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The Exorcist III

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Overview

William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist, directed this intriguing, deliberately-paced thriller based on his novel Legion. Ignoring the events of John Boorman's disappointing Exorcist II: The Heretic 1977, the film moves ahead 15 years from the end of the original, when Georgetown is being plagued by occult murders bearing signs of the long-dead Gemini Killer, James Venamon Brad Dourif. Although the killer was executed 15 years earlier, a young boy is horribly mutilated and the ailing Father Dyer Ed Flanders ...
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Overview

William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist, directed this intriguing, deliberately-paced thriller based on his novel Legion. Ignoring the events of John Boorman's disappointing Exorcist II: The Heretic 1977, the film moves ahead 15 years from the end of the original, when Georgetown is being plagued by occult murders bearing signs of the long-dead Gemini Killer, James Venamon Brad Dourif. Although the killer was executed 15 years earlier, a young boy is horribly mutilated and the ailing Father Dyer Ed Flanders is drained of blood in his hospital bed. George C. Scott takes over the role of dedicated police Lt. William Kinderman, who is convinced that the key to the killings lies in an amnesiac mental patient who looks exactly like the dead Father Karras Jason Miller at some times, and like Venamon at others. It appears that Venamon was executed at the exact moment that Father Karras became possessed by the killer/devil and hurtled from the window at the end of the first film. Kinderman slowly comes to accept that the patient is Venamon and enlists an exorcist, Father Morning Nicol Williamson, to free Karras' soul and stop the murders. The Exorcist III is heavy on dialogue, but contains some fine performances and some chilling moments, particularly the haunting opening in a Georgetown church. George DiCenzo, Viveca Lindfors, and Zohra Lampert also appear in this underrated, low-key horror film. Award-winning makeup artist Greg Cannom contributed to the special-effects, Gerry Fisher's cinematography is excellent, and the cast includes some notable bit parts by Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Ewing, and Tyra Ferrell.
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Editorial Reviews

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Exorcist author William Peter Blatty exhumed the demonic possession tale -- 17 years after the original and 13 after the monumentally disappointing sequel -- for a walk on the frightfully disturbing side. This film, largely ignored and perhaps lost on a new generation of filmgoers, is as chilling as modern horror gets. While not worthy of the original's "classic" status, this rendition is full of flesh-crawling moments -- base horror hopped up by the addition of graphic gore. The film deals with the eternal battle between God and the Devil, generally digging deeper in the collective horror psyche and generating a more primordial sense of fear. Such metaphysical horror must be done well and Blatty succeeds in scaring the innards out of the viewer. George C. Scott gives a thoughtfully inspired performance, and an unheralded Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Ewing make cameos. Although the film borrows a bit much from the Omen and Amityville traditions, overall it is authentically frightening in its execution.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/1999
  • UPC: 085391748830
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George C. Scott Kinderman
Jason Miller Patient X
Ed Flanders Father Dyer
Brad Dourif Gemini Killer
Nicol Williamson Father Morning
Scott Wilson Dr. Temple
Tracy Thorne Nurse
Technical Credits
William Peter Blatty Director, Screenwriter
Carter DeHaven III Producer
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
James G. Robinson Executive Producer
Joe Roth Executive Producer
Barry De Vorzon Score Composer
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  • Posted November 10, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    give it a chance

    Exorcist III was overlooked and underappreciated when it was originally released. An interesting thriller, a murder mystery with supernatural overtones, which delivers genuinely frightening moments. Not your ordinary horror movie, brilliantly paced and stunningly photographed, intelligent (though the dialogue can be unrealistically witty at times) with the emphasis on developing its characters and presenting a compelling story rather than on shock and gore. Brad Dourif's supporting performance was Oscar worthy, and while the late, great Mr. Scott overacts now and then, the viewer can sense that he cared about the project and made a typically professional effort at realizing the role. Don't wait for Halloween to give this piece of underrated cinematic art serious consideration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ...worth a look

    Although it pales in comparisons to the first masterpiece, it does have many horrific moments and moves along pretty fast. Its been a few years since I watched this but the people in the room watching it with me all said it was a great chiller that got overlooked. Its well worth it to rent or buy as Brad Dourif plays a perfect demonic nut and the whole Gemini killings added some great spooky menace. Many scenes well done, a bit chatty here and there but a good storyline, George C. Scott adds some class to the role of Lt. Kinderman and discovers some really bizarre occult visual diceptions, without giving the story line away. A mystery/occult horror story with the benefit of pretty good acting leaves you chilled.

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    Posted February 19, 2010

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