The Exorcist III

"Do you dare walk these steps again?"

The Exorcist III begins with Lt. Kinderman investigating a murder scene. Later, he takes his friend, Father Dyer, to a showing of their favorite film. Kinderman shares the murder's details with Dyer afterward. Later, another murder occurs, leaving a decapitated priest within a church. Dyer is soon hospitalized but found murdered the following day.

Each murder scene is notable for being performed by a different person. Kinderman is reminded of a "Gemini" killer from fifteen years prior. Gemini was executed, notable for severing each victim's right index finger and carving the Gemini into the left palm, much like the recent murders. Furthermore, newspapers were to misreport the severed fingers and where carvings were made.

Kinderman seeks out psychiatrist Dr. Temple, who discusses Cell 11's patient. "11" was found wandering and amnesiac, some fifteen years ago. 11 had been catatonic until recently, becoming violent and claiming to be Gemini. Kinderman sees 11 as his dead friend, Father Karras. However, 11 brags to being Gemini, ignorant of Karras, and boasts about Dyer's murder.

The following morning, Dr. Temple is dead. Kinderman revisits 11, who claims to be possessed by Gemini and explains that Gemini's soul passed into Karras' body after execution. Pazuzu was furious for being dislodged from Regan, vengefully placing Gemini's soul into the priest who expelled him. Every evening, Gemini's soul would leave Karras and execute murders through an elderly patient's body. Dr. Temple's death was a suicide from Gemini's pressure to bring him Kinderman.

Gemini possesses a woman who fails to murder Kinderman's daughter. 11 attacks Kinderman, but Father Morning enters and tries exorcising 11/Karras. However, Pazuzu intervenes, possessing Karras' body and nearly kills Morning. Kinderman tries to euthanize Karras but is flung to the wall. Morning tells Karras to fight the intrusion, with Karras begging to be shot. Kinderman shoots Karras and, with Gemini gone and Karras sane, ends Karras' life.

R
| 1990 | 1 hr 50 min | 6.3/10
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Director
William Peter Blatty
Language
English
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