Fuck you studios, you ruined what could have been one of the very greatest horror films ever made. After delivering some of the creepiest and most disturbing scenes I've ever seen in a film, it is ruined by the last 15 minutes, which was the studios contribution and is arguably the worst ending to any film ever made. Worth watching for the genuine scares it delivers up until that point
It's almost right up there with the first one, the scares are subtler but just as effective and there are some fantastic performances here except for George C. Scott, he kind of overacted a little bit.
***1/2. Excellent surprise thanks to Brad Dourif and George C. Scott's solid interpretations. I appreciated the homage paid to Fritz Lang's Dr Mabuse movies in numerous scenes of the film. Also note that the main idea of the screenplay will be resumed in 1998 in Gregory Hoblit's THE FALLEN with Denzel Washington. A horrific thriller to rediscover. Highly recommended.
Though a failure on release Blatty's adaptation of his own novel 'Legion', though compromised by the studio, stands the test of time pretty well and delivers an effective horror thriller. George C. Scott is way over the top here but his performance somehow gels with the stock characters and oddities on display.
Contrary to popular belief, this is an awesome little film that frequently bests its progenitor in terms of style and mood. George C. Scott is incredible and the script and direction by Blatty are the two pieces that join to create a perfectly synchronized mechanism of terror. The ending is overblown, bu
t the visual fireworks feel needed after the slow burn leading up to it. An elegant forgotten gem!
Surprisingly good. Despite some muddy parts there is much to be lauded here, this one is sorely overlooked. Eerie direction with the quickfire establishing shots & some weird performances. The milfy nurse is a jewel. I find the the first scene with Karras/Gemini effective and, despite being forced by the meddling studio, the exorcism scene is surprisingly good, if somewhat contrary to the overall mood of the film.