The Exorcist is a horror novel by American writer William Peter Blatty. The book details . A stage adaptation of the novel was written by John Pielmeier premiered at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in July de Robbie Mannheim es un caso típico de posesión, y es la que dio vida a la película El Exorcista. The Exorcist is a American supernatural horror film adapted by William Peter Blatty from . A few days later, Regan, now back to her normal self, prepares to leave for Los Angeles with her mother. Although Regan has no apparent. It is a sequel to William Friedkin’s film The Exorcist based on the novel by William Peter Blatty and the second installment of The Exorcist franchise.

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The film is set four years after the original film and centers on the now year-old Regan MacNeilwho is still recovering from her previous demonic possession. The film was a critical failure at the time of its release. Exorcist II is often considered not just the exocista film in the series but one of the worst films of all time.

It was the last film to feature veteran actor Paul Henreid. Philip Lamont, a priest struggling with his faith, attempts to exorcise a possessed South American girl who claims to “heal the sick”. However, the exorcism goes wrong and a lit candle sets fire to the girl’s dress, killing her. Afterwards, Lamont is assigned by the Cardinal to investigate the death of Father Lankester Merrin, who had been killed four years earlier in the course of exorcising the Assyrian demon Pazuzu from Regan MacNeil.

The Cardinal informs Lamont who has had some experience at exorcism and has been exposed to Merrin’s teachings that Merrin is facing posthumous heresy charges because of his controversial writings.

Apparently, Church authorities are trying to modernize and do not want to acknowledge that Satan actually exists. Regan, although now seemingly normal and staying with her guardian Sharon Spencer in New York Citycontinues to be monitored at a psychiatric institute by Dr.

Regan claims she remembers nothing about her ordeal in Washington, D. Father Lamont visits the institute, but his attempts to question Regan about the circumstances of Father Merrin’s death are rebuffed by Dr. Tuskin, who believes that Lamont’s approach would do Regan more harm than good. In an attempt to plumb her memories of the exorcism, and specifically the circumstances in which Merrin died, Dr. Tuskin hypnotizes the girl, to whom she is linked by a “synchronizer”, a revolutionary biofeedback device used by two people to synchronize their brainwaves.

After a guided tour by Sharon of the Georgetown house where the exorcism took place, Lamont returns to be coupled with Regan by the synchronizer. The priest is spirited to the past by Pazuzu to observe Father Merrin exorcising a young boy, Kokumo, in Africa.

Learning that the boy developed special powers to fight Pazuzu, who appears as a swarm of locusts, Lamont journeys to Africa, defying his superior, to seek help from the adult Kokumo. Kokumo has become a scientist studying how to prevent locust swarms. Lamont learns that Pazuzu attacks people who have psychic healing ability. Regan is able to reach telepathically inside the minds of others; she uses this to help an autistic girl to speak, for instance.

Father Merrin, who belonged to a group of theologians that believed psychic powers were a spiritual gift which would one day be shared by all people, thought people like Kokumo and Regan were forerunners of this new type of humanity. In a vision, Merrin asks Lamont to watch over Regan.

Lamont and Regan return to the old house in Georgetown. The pair are followed in a taxi by Tuskin and Sharon, who are concerned about Regan’s safety. The taxi crashes into the Georgetown house, killing the driver, but his passengers survive and enter the house, where Sharon sets herself on fire.

In the end, Regan banishes the locusts and Pazuzu by enacting the same ritual attempted by Kokumo to get rid of locusts in Africa although he failed and was himself possessed. Outside the house, Sharon dies from her injuries and Tuskin tells Lamont to watch over Regan.


Regan and Lamont leave while Tuskin stays to answer police questions. Have the central figure, an investigative priest, interview everyone involved with the exorcism, then fade out to unused footage, unused angles from the first film.

But that was the start. Goodhart’s screenplay took a more metaphysical and intellectual approach compared with the original film. Here, the battle between good and evil would centre on human consciousness—with the specific idea that, within the framework of Catholic theology, human consciousnesses could be brought together as one through technology, although this would also result in conflict between those who sought good and evil.

British filmmaker John Boorman signed on to direct, stating that “the idea of making a metaphysical thriller greatly appealed to my psyche”. Here I saw the chance to make an extremely ambitious film without having to spend the time developing this connection.

I could make assumptions and then take the audience on a very adventurous cinematic journey. Linda Blair agreed to reprise her role of Regan MacNeil for Exorcist IIbut refused to wear demon make-up a double was used for the brief flashback scenes depicting a demonic Regan. Max von Sydow was persuaded by Boorman to reprise the role of Father Merrin; he was initially reluctant to return because of his concerns over the negative impact of the first Exorcist film.

As mentioned in VarietyVoight initially signed on for the role but left in April when “differences about the role could not be resolved. The role of Dr.

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When the sex of the character was changed, both Ann-Margret and Jane Fonda were under consideration. Although Boorman wanted to film the majority of blatyy film on location including Ethiopia and The Vaticanmany of his plans proved to be impossible, resulting in key exterior scenes having to be filmed set-bound at the Warner Bros. Even the MacNeil house in Georgetown had to be replicated in the eorcista because the filmmakers were refused permission to film at the original house.

The filmmakers also had to replicate the infamous “Hitchcock Steps” adjacent to the MacNeil house, as they were refused permission by Washington city officials to shoot scenes by the real steps.

With no stunt wl and no special effects, the shot showed actress Linda Blair’s feet on the edge of the building with Fifth Avenue down below. Boorman was unhappy with Goodhart’s script and asked Goodhart to do a rewrite incorporating ideas from Rospo Pallenberg.

Goodhart refused, and so the script was subsequently rewritten by Pallenberg and Boorman. Goodhart’s script was being constantly rewritten as the film was shooting, with the filmmakers uncertain as to how the story should end.

Then after everybody signed on they rewrote it five times and it ended up nothing like the same movie.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Exorcist II was beset by numerous problems during production. Boorman himself contracted a dose of San Joaquin Valley Fever a respiratory fungal infectionwhich cancelled production for over a month a costly delay. Other problems included footage being oversaturated and necessitating reshoots; the rapid deaths of locusts imported from England for the film’s climactic scenes locusts were shipped in and died at a rate of a day ; original film editor John Merritt quitting the production he was replaced by Tom Priestley ; and stars Kitty Winn and Louise Fletcher both suffering from gall bladder infections.

One of the key elements of Exorcist II: The Heretic is Merrin’s exorcism of a young boy named “Kokumo” in Africa. This exorcism is first referenced in the original film The Exorcist and actually illustrated with flashbacks in Exorcist II. Although this same exorcism becomes the central plot line for the most recent Exorcist movies Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist and Exorcist: The Beginninglittle effort was made to keep the stories consistent.

The boy is not named Kokumo, and the locations and circumstances of the exorcism do not resemble Exorcist II: The Heretic even remotely. Ultimately it is revealed from Exorcist: The Beginning that the African boy is not the one actually afflicted; it turns out to be another character entirely that is possessed.

Prequel to the Exorcist does show the African boy being the person who was possessed. Blair said in one interview that Pallenberg directed a lot of the film as well as doing rewrites. The Heretic was Warner’s largest day and date launch, opening on theatres in the United States and Canada [12] but was a disappointment at the box office. The film received a strongly negative response.


Reports indicated that the film inspired derisive audience laughter at its premiere in New York City.

It’s just a stupid mess made by a dumb guy — John Boorman by name, somebody who should be nameless, but in this case should be named. It isn’t even close. It took the greatest film ever made and trashed it in a way that was on one level farcically stupid and on another level absolutely unforgivable. Everyone involved in this, apart from Linda Blair, should be ashamed for all eternity.

Given the huge box-office success of the William Peter Blatty-William Friedkin production of The Exorcist, there had to be a sequel, but did it have to be this desperate concoction, the main thrust of which exlrcista that original exorcism wasn’t all it was cracked up to be?

It’s one thing to carry a story further along, but it’s another to deny the original, no matter what you thought of it. I thought it was something even less than good, but this new film, which opened yesterday at the Criterion and other theaters, is of such spectacular fatuousness that it makes the first seem virtually an wliliam of screen art. Leslie Halliwell described the film as a “highly unsatisfactory psychic melodrama which It was released in two versions and is unintelligible in either.

Special effects are the only virtue in this turkey. However, like Ennio Morricone ‘s mix of tribal and liturgical music, it does manage to be very interesting. Does great goodness bring upon itself great evil? This goes back to the Book of Job ; it’s God testing the good. Exorvista like the first Exorcistbecause of the Catholic guilt I have, and because it scared the hell out of me; but The Heretic surpasses it.

Maybe Boorman failed to execute the material, but the movie still deserved better than it got. Out of the Shadows contains a chapter on the film in which Linda Blair said the movie fxorcista one of the big disappointments of my career,” ek and John Boorman commented: There’s this wild beast out there which is the audience.

I created this arena and I just bkatty throw enough Christians into it. Boorman’s illness and constant revising of the script can’t have helped, but these events alone are not enough to explain the film’s almighty failure. Boorman has certainly gone on to produce some fine work subsequently The Heretic came in at number two. It wi,liam beaten only by Ed Wood ‘s Plan 9 from Outer Spacea film that generally receives a warmer response from its audience than blatry terribly misjudged sequel.

And I think that audiences, in hindsight, were right. But then I read a three-page treatment for a sequel written exorcistx a man named William Goodhart and I was really intrigued by it because it was about goodness.

I saw it then as a chance to film a riposte to the first picture. And we recut the actual prints in the theatres, about six a day, but it didn’t help of course and I couldn’t bear to talk about it, or look at it, for years.

The Exorcist

A re-issued VHS was made available lbatty the U. It was first released on DVD format on August 6,in snapcase packaging, [32] while a second DVD was made available in standard packaging on November 3, The film was released for the first time on Blu-ray in both an individual set [35] and as part of blatt Blu-ray release of “The Complete Anthology” on September 23, In Juneit was announced that Exorcist II: The set includes the theatrical cut, a shorter alternative version of the film, new interviews with Linda Blair and editor Tom Priestly as well as commentary tracks from director John Boorman and project consultant Scott Bosco.

It was made available on September 25,