aka The Exorcist III – Legion, William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III, The Exorcist 3
110 min., 1990
Written by William Peter Blatty
Directed by William Peter Blatty
My rating: ★
They did it again!!!!!!!!!
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The movie picks up fifteen years after the end of number one. We meet Father Dyer (Ed Flanders) and William Kidnerman (George C. Scott). A priest and detective who were there at the exorcism and ever since they have been going to see “It’s A Wonderful Life” on the day that it happened. Why? Because they both feel they need to take care of each other. Then we learn about the Gemini Killer, who was killed but the killings are starting up again. Is it a copycat or is he actually back and continuing his work?
The acting is way too over the top. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE is just pushing themselves way too hard. The simplest lines come out like bullets through a machine gun right at your face. Way too much! This movie needed a lot more subtlety from the characters, but we got chaos from all fronts. The Gemini Killer (Brad Dourif) is the only character that actually works being overplayed, and Brad Dourif delivers.
The effects were…wait, there pretty much wasn’t any, as almost everything took place off camera. Which is okay most of the time, but this time I wanted to see something, anything, but we get pretty much nothing. Fail!
It’s happened again. They release another movie that tries to get rid of a different sequel. At least with Candyman and Jaws, they didn’t keep the numbers rolling; instead they just omitted the numbers and went with a subtitle. This time they kept the numbers, which is even more of a crock. Will it ever end? Probably not.
As a whole the movie is barely watchable, with the terrible acting, lack of effects, hell lack of anything going on. When it’s over you just want to scream and question why there was this much money spent on it. The only real saving grace is Brad Dourif, who is the only character that should be overplay, and he did it to a T.Have You Read...?