The Exorcist III
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William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist, directed this intriguing, deliberately-paced thriller based on his novel Legion. Ignoring the events of John Boorman's disappointing Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), the film moves ahead 15 years from the end of the original, when Georgetown is being plagued by occult murders bearing signs of the long-dead Gemini Killer, James Venamon (Brad Dourif). Although the killer was executed 15 years earlier, a young boy is horribly mutilated and the ailing Father Dyer (Ed Flanders) is drained of blood in his hospital bed. George C. Scott takes over the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Suggests that Blatty had seen and loved many films without ever really paying attention to how they worked."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"I'll call it a noble failure."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Seriously scary in a few spots, but dry and overly verbose for the most part."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"If only Blatty would be given the director's chair more often, we would have a lot more truly terrifying movies to choose from."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"An underrated, very scary film, although William Peter Blatty is better with frightening moments and images than he is at creating a narrative that matters or makes any real good sense."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"Exorcist III wields a mighty sword of scares and contemplation, drilling into those primal areas of nail-chewing tension...This film is a humdinger."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Unnecessary sequel to sequel with top cast."
‑ Steve Crum,
"For my money, it's everything The Exorcist should have been, but never quite was."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Written and directed by William Peter Blatty, author of the original Exorcist. So, while it's not quite as chilling as the first story, It is at least a quality sequel"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"It would probably be much more highly-regarded were it not for the pedigree it has to live up to."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A good chunk of The Exorcist III is taken up by a series of sit-down chats; close-ups of Scott's ugly mug are the only half-frightening thing on the screen."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Better than the other Exocist sequels."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Amazing! A sequel that stands on its own and still creeps me out at times."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Better than part two, and almost scary in one part."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Not as good as The Exorcist but a masterpiece compared to The Heretic"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
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