The Exorcist III

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"Do you dare walk these steps again?"
  • R
  • 1990
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 6.5  (38,434)
  • 48

The Exorcist III is a 1990 horror film directed by William Peter Blatty and is based on his novel Legion. It’s a sequel to the 1973 classic The Exorcist, but the storyline and the cast are entirely different from its predecessor. The film stars George C. Scott as Lieutenant William F. Kinderman, a homicide detective investigating a series of gruesome killings in Georgetown.

Kinderman is a deeply religious man, still tormented by the death of Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller), the young priest who performed the exorcism on Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) in the original film. He finds himself drawn into the case when a man is found brutally murdered in a church with the words “It’s a wonderful life” scrawled on the wall next to him. The killer seems to have supernatural powers, and the murders bear similarities to those committed by the notorious Gemini Killer, who was executed 15 years prior.

As Kinderman delves deeper into the case, he starts having conversations with a patient in the psychiatric ward of the hospital who claims to be the Gemini Killer (Brad Dourif). This leads Kinderman to question everything he knows about good and evil and ultimately to confront the demon Pazuzu, who had previously possessed Regan MacNeil in the original film.

Ed Flanders plays Father Dyer, a close friend of Kinderman's who tries to help him make sense of the supernatural events. The relationship between Kinderman and Dyer is an intriguing one as their conversations delve into philosophical and theological questions about the nature of evil.

The Exorcist III does not rely on jump scares or gore to scare its audience. Instead, it builds tension and suspense through its effective use of atmosphere and character development. The film delves into the psychological states of its characters, particularly Kinderman, who struggles with his own religious beliefs and feelings of guilt and loss.

The film's cinematography is also noteworthy, with its use of shadows, dark corners, and eerie lighting to create a sense of unease. The use of sound design is also masterful, with a haunting score by Barry De Vorzon that adds to the film's atmosphere.

While The Exorcist III did not receive as much critical acclaim as its predecessor, it has gained a cult following over the years for its intelligent storytelling, strong acting, and unsettling themes. It is more of a psychological thriller than a traditional horror film, with its depiction of evil as something deeply rooted within humanity.

Overall, The Exorcist III is a well-crafted and thought-provoking horror film that deserves more recognition. It’s a film that deals with the themes of good and evil, religion, and the nature of humanity itself, all while delivering an emotionally charged and terrifying experience.

The Exorcist III is a 1990 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 48.

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