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Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Four years after she was possessed by the demon Pazuzu, 18-year-old Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) is living a quiet life under the watchful eye of child psychologist Dr Tuskin (Louise Fletcher).

But Tuskin is convinced that something evil is still lurking within her patient and calls in Father Lamont (Richard Burton), a maverick priest haunted by memories of an exorcism that went tragically wrong.

This critical and financial disaster was tampered with by the studio after audiences cracked up at the devilish finale.

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They deleted the original ending where Father Lamont and Regan walk out of the Georgetown house and into the sunset while the neighbourhood fails to notice that the house has burst into flames, and added a prologue where Richard Burton’s voice discusses exorcism over some stills from The Exorcist.

Exorcist II: The Heretic is a prime example of a sequel that was crying out not to be made, with needless explication ruining the original’s mystery and Richard Burton clearly miles away.

exorcist2_020All the African mumbo jumbo is bewildering and Warner Pictures appear to have disowned it.

Regan MacNeil
Linda Blair
Father Lamont
Richard Burton
Dr Gene Tuskin
Louise Fletcher
Father Merrin
Max von Sydow
Kitty Winn
The Cardinal
Paul Henreid
Older Kokumo
James Earl Jones
Ned Beatty

John Boorman