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!
7 - A histrionic climax (and notorious compromise of vision) caps off what is, for my money, one of the finest cinematic horror efforts of the 1990s. The fact that "The Exorcist III" still manages to impress despite that pulsating boil on its tail-end is a clear attestation of Blatty's craftsmanship.
Not saying much, but it's probably among the best horror sequels ever made. Like everyone says, the scene with the night nurse is an excellent sequence of suspense and terror. George C. Scott and Brad Dourif are ace. Love Scott's delivery on the short "I believe" speech at the end. Refreshingly thoughtful with some very unique dialogue. Very obvious the exorcism subplot was thrown in to use the franchise name.
What a film! I wish Blatty had directed more. This is more than a worthy sequel to a classic horror film, it stands on it's own as a monument to cold dread and supernatural terror. George C. Scott anchors the devilish goings-on with enjoyable grit, sarcasm, cynicism and regret. Using immaculate framing, superb sound design and unbearable, silent pauses Blatty creates his own masterwork of sustained fear and tension.
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.
Despite the obvious issues foisted on it by studio meddling, The Exorcist III powers through most of them to be a remarkable film in its own right. Shot through with superb dialogue, several memorable scenes and a committed George C. Scott performance, this is far from being yet another cheap horror sequel. It deserves rediscovery and reappraisal and lots of it.
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