Four years have passed
since Regan (Linda Blair) was posessed by
a demon named Pazuzu and now she is under
the care of a shrink named Dr. Gene
Tuskin (Louise Fletcher) as Regan helps
kids out with mental disabilities at
Gene tries to get any informantion what
has happened to Regan by talking to her
but still convinces Gene that she only
remembers having nightmares and being
But Gene uses a machine on Regan to find
out what had happened and the two of them
go in a trance which nearly kills Gene.
Later on Regan seems to have special
types of powers from her mind and a
priest named Father Lamont (Richard
Burton) convinced that she is still
posessed and that there is a demon in
Gene's hypnotic machine.
Father Lamont has a task to investigate
Father Merrin's death leading her to
Regan and so he takes Regan to her old
house to try and put a stop to Pazuzu
while there are many posessed youths that
this demon is creating back in Africa.
A nice beginning showing some intensity in a place on Africa involving Father Philip Lamont and spotting someone who's pregnant going into labour but something not right about all of this as well as seeing something freaky happening in which you wonder as to what is becoming out of this along with possible possessions and then cutting into a nice moment with Regan MacNeil practising for a tap dancing show offering nice uplifting moments involving all of this.
Also a good discussion with Dr. Gene Tuskin talking with Regan on remembering on how she was possesed that time and her not remembering but feeling sick and trying to act uplifting about everything. This was a nice draw in to the story on remembering on what became of this poor child and her trying to put what happened behind her.
There's a perfect moment which is one of my favourite scene's when Regan goes into hypnotism and uses a device for Dr. Tuskin to enter her mind to make her remember as to how Father Merrin was killed which was perfectly focused and seemed genuinely creepy with the light on the object flickering with a creepy sound it to as well as spotting on how Tuskin is affected by this. Plus a nice look on a flasback with possessed Regan towards Merrin on how he was murdered and the people trying to get Tuskin out of the hypnotism causing her life with this as this makes you cringe while watching and done in perfect taste too.
A nice mysterious moment with one of the emplyees at the centre giving Lamont a picture Regan drew of him revealing flames as well as him knowing on what's going to happen and trying to put out the fire which also keeps you in suspense that Regan could still possibly be possessed by Pazuzu.
Perfect moment with Lamont going to Regan's old home with Sharon Spencer and discussing on what had happened which adds some tension to what was going on then and having a nice still situation within everything as well as the bed wrapped in plastic where Regan was exorcised from the first one which should be a total pleaser for fans of the first one.
Also a perfect evil female whispering to Regan on the very top of a tall building while sleepijng to get her to sleepwalk at the edge of the building which for sure looked bone chilling as well as her waking up and realising she is about to fall as this offers a good psychological feel to all of this as well as doves flying in her face. This makes you imagining if you were in that situation and not a pleasant look for anyone who's scared of heights.
Perfect dramatic moment with Regan talking to a mute child and finally getting this little girl to speak again as well as Regan discussing herself she was once possessed as well as the mother being happy that she's talking. Plus some good intensity with Lamont arguing with Tuskin about Regan being possessed by Pazuzu and using powers to make that child talk again which also looked good and effective as well as making you watch for more as to what might happen in the story.
Perfect moment when Lamont uses the hypnotism device to try and find out what happened in Africa in which we spot many perfect bizarre moments with a swarm of moths invading a field and spotting a possessed child acting crazy in the field. Also psyched out moments with someone falling off a rocky cliff while hiking up to a destination with camera shots carefully focusing on this deadly situation.
Things seem awfully slow later on in the story which wasn't necessary to keep in for when Merrin goes to Africa but there's a nice creepiness to when he goes to a cave and meets up with Kokumo and twisted moments occur including about him landing on a floor of spikes as you beging to wonder if he's in a dream since these moments seem too bizarre to be real. It was nicely put into the story regardless.
Great moment with Regan trying to talk to Merrin and he walks expressionless to a train which makes you figure that he is possessed as well as what goes on inside the train when he is with her.
THe best part happens when they enter Regan's old home as well as what she spots seeing her possessed clone lying at the bed as well as this clone tempting Merrin to sedice her plus great windy and other types of effects happening adding perfect terror and suspense which would be a thrill to watch and finding out what happens next in this home. Also a good moment with Tuskin trapped in her vehicle and trying to get Sharon to let her out but is hesitant as this looked freaky to watch too wondering if she's possessed as well. Nicely put into the story as well as spotting a tragic moment too that looked perfectly deadly.
Bottom line is that this story was a little too long and was slow at times which can be a bore at times but then it does get exciting in many spots to earn a 3 bat rating
but nowhere near as effective or well
done as the first one. Many fans were
disappointed and critics bombed it. I didn't find it all that bad. Sure it's
a bit of a downer but I enjoyed it for
what it was. Then they made an Exorcist 3 making the film a direct sequel to the
first one as they tried to make this one
a total write off. What a shame.
The acting still stands out well as Linda Blair (Regan MacNeill) still
does a good job like in the
first one and it's nice to see her
character play a 16 year old and trying
all sorts of talents too including tap
dancing. Sje pffers a nice and caring attitude too which shines off as well as showing a good charisma by what she does especially trying to talk nicely to a mute child and really getting into her friendly mode as she knew her craft well here. She also does a perfect job acting expressionless while getting hypnotised as well as her speaking too. Was great acting concerned when someone is in trouble with their hypnotism and trying to stop the danger in which she offers great energy here. Also shows off great energy with acting like she has a seisure while tap dancing or screaming while the terror strikes her. Shows a perfect versatality when she plays Pazuzu acting wicked and lustful as well as showing a perfect evil expression within this.
Richard Burton (Father Philip Lamont) is great as a
hard edged preacher who tries to be
protective but ending up in all sorts of
hazards. Has a great gruffness with his speaking as well as having a great seious attitude along with his tough expressions too. Shows off a great adrenaline when paniacking on a situation as well as offering a perfect dead on aggression. Does well with her fearful behavior in other spots and acting perfectly cautious adding more energetic behavior within this. Does well acting possessed with his expressionless and cold speaking too while riding a train as this can be memorable by how he did this. Also does well by giving into a temptation near the end of his performance acting perfectly weak and lustful. Also adds a perfect punch with his struggling behavior as well.
I also enjoyed Louise Fletcher (Dr. Gene Tuskin) performing as a nice and caring shrink
and does a terrific job at it.Really brought in her sympethic attitude when talking to someone about her past and trying to find out information on the subject. Also does well getting hypnotised as well as reacting shocked and in pain during this situation in which she can be well remembered by acting this way to anyone who saw her perform like this. Shows off a good stern behavior with her frusterated attitude towards someone else by not believing them and showing a great powerful aggression too. Does well with her frightful behavior when she's trapped in a crashed car and doing well trying to call to someone else.
Kitty Winn (Sharon Spencer) is good to see her reprise as the former housekeeper and showing a good and concenred behavior. Plus does well with her calmness and motherly attitude. She still has the knack to all of this as well as showng a perfect upsetting and emotional behavior in a certain spot with her upsetting reactions just getting perfectly aggressive. Also does well showing a wicked expression in another spot showing off on acting possessed as this was well done too.
We have an effective appearance by James
Earl Jones (Older Kokumo) as he plays a great
intimidating witch doctor during a
nigthmare sequence but yet in reality is
a nice decent one proving to be very
versatile in his roles with the film. He had a perfect darkness to his speaking very similar to his role as Darth Vader.
There is a woman
in Africa topless.
hallucination sequence while a woman is
being hypnotised there is an image of a
heart being pulled out.
A heart is ripped out of a posessed Regan
Ennio Morricone does
a terrific job with composing the music
but yet it isn't as well noted as from
the first one but the sounds and
everything else in this film is superb. Howver we do have some chanting sounds which isn't in my particular taste as well as some chiming sounds since it doesn't seem to fit in especially during the ending credits. yet there's great high ptiched violin music that works in well along with some clarinet playing too as well as some string pluckings too.
A soundtrack of his music was once
available but is now out of print.
Lamont: I've flown this route before. It
was on the wings of a demon.
Lamont: Pazuzu, king of the evil spirits
of the air, help me to find Kokumo!
Lamont: When the wings have brushed
you... is there no hope once the wings
have brushed you?
No! Once the wings have brushed you,
you're mine forever!
If Pazuzu comes for you I will spit a
Cardinal: Perhaps you should take a
Father Lamont: A retreat? Why not an
MacNeil: Was it in Africa?
Father Lamont: Yes.
Dr. Gene Tuskin: How do you know that?
Regan MacNeil: Well it looked like
something I saw at the natural history
Dr. Gene Tuskin: But you weren't suppose
to remember anything.
Regan MacNeil: I know.
MacNeil: [possessed] Call me by my dream
name. Call me!
the Catholic Church]
Father Lamont: Satan has become an
embarrassment to our progressive views.
Father Lamont: Have you tried a
psychiatrist or a priest?
Lamont: Don't you understand... that I
was face to face with the Evil that's
inside her. Your machine has proved
scientifically that there's an ancient
demon locked within her!
Lamont: You've got to fight that demon
that's inside her! It's preventing her
from reaching full spiritual power!
Lamont: Don't hide behind science! You're
better then that!
Lamont: You realize what you're up
against, don't you? Evil. Evil is a
spiritual being, alive and living,
perverted and perverting, weaving its way
insidiously into the very fabric of life.
Lamont: Was, uh... was Father Merrin
Sharon: You'd better see where it
leaving to find Kokumo] Father Lamont: If
he can teach me how he has survived
Pazuzu... I'll come back and let you
Lamont: Pazuzu has brushed me with his
Regan MacNeil: Don't worry, Father Merrin
will help us.
Lamont: If I can find this man Kokumo, it
would prove beyond doubt that the
exorcisms were valid.
Lamont: The power... its getting nearer.
Can't you feel it? The power is immense.
It fills me. I can do anything.
Merrin: Not only Kokumo, but others like
him began to appear in the world. I found
these people where I could, and tried to
protect them against evil. So Satan has
sent Pazuzu to destroy this goodness.
Phillip, you must take my place. She's
precious, and I entrust her to you.
MacNeil: You want me to take you to him?
Father Lamont: Yes.
Regan MacNeil: Come. Fly the teeth of the
wind. Share my wings.
Tuskin: Where is she?
Sharon: She's on the roof. She's always
there. I can't lock her up.
MacNeil: Father, see me. Please, see me.
MacNeil: I wish you'd help Father Lamont.
He needs your help.
Dr. Gene Tuskin: What do you mean? How
can I help him? I don't know how to help
Regan MacNeil: Yes, you do.
Dr. Gene Tuskin: Regan, what are you
Regan MacNeil: You know... going into
sync.... trying to reach him like that.
Dr. Gene Tuskin: You told me he was in
Regan MacNeil: When you're in sync, it's
different. I mean, it doesn't matter
where you are. You can find them.... you
know, help them.
Dr. Gene Tuskin: Regan, is that why you
haven't been coming to see me? 'Cause I
won't let you into sync?
Regan MacNeil: Yes.
Tuskin: I can't. I have to do what I
think is best for you.
Regan MacNeil: What's the matter with
Sandra Phalor: I'm autistic.
Regan MacNeil: How do you mean?
Sandra Phalor: I'm withdrawn. I can't
Regan MacNeil: But you're talking now.
Yes, you are. I can hear you.
Sandra Phalor: You can hear me? What's
the matter with you?
Regan MacNeil: I was possessed by a
demon. It's OK. He's gone.
MacNeil: I was possessed by a demon. Oh,
but it's okay, he's gone now!
MacNeil: Father, please don't be lost to
Kill her! We command you!
MacNeil: You must tear out her evil
Puzuzu's Regan is the only Regan.
Lamont: The enemy of the human race is
Lamont: Were you ever...
Older Kokumo: Possessed by Pazuzu?
Kokumo: That's what my mother used to
MacNeil: He's with me. Come down. Down,
Father. To meet me.
Regan! Come! We're going flying far, far