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Exorcist III, the

George C. Scott , Ed Flanders , William Peter Blatty    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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5.0 out of 5 stars LEGION A MOVIE GREAT ON ITS OWN TERMS! Jan. 26 2004
To start off with, this movie should have been called " Legion " not " Exorcist 3 "; obviously, Mr. William Peter Blatty { in a director debut nothing short of astonishing } was under some studio pressure to sell the movie as a sequel to attract mviegoers. " Legion " is a continuation of Det. Kinderman---played wonderfully and world weary by the magnificant George C. Scott---dealing with grisly murders that AT FIRST appear to be the work of a copycat of the ruthless and evil " Gemmini Killer "
James Venemin. But later on Kinderman gets more than he ever bargined for: following the murder of his friend Father Dyer who is admitted into a hospital { a gruesome one that appears to be the work of the killer Kinderman is after }, the detective is blown away to find in a " isolation tank " in the psyche ward of the hospital...Father Karras! But Father Karras is claiming to be James Venimen , who appears often to the viewer as a particular psychopathic Brad Douriff { who is iddeally evil here playing the role with satanic glee }!
This movie contains very little gore; is thought provoking, atmospheric and VERY scary. And seeing the " Exorcist " s 1 or 2 is completly uneccesary to understand it and to enjoy this movie which deals with the evils of Man, as one reviewer said befor, the silence of God, demons both figuritively and literly, and most compelling, Kinderman's stuggling faith.
Kaenan James
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Legion Of Scares! March 31 2006
William Peter Blatty adapted his novel and directed the film version of the second sequel to his blockbuster hit. Fifteen years later, Lt. William F. Kinderman (played here by George C. Scott, RIP) is still haunted by the tragic, mysterious death of his friend, Father Damien Karras (the the late Jason Miller, back in fine form). Then a grisly string of murders he investigates seems strangely connected with a case he worked several years previously. The culprit was the Gemini Killer, and Kinderman is informed that a patient in the psychiatric ward of the local hospital is claiming responsibility for the crimes. The detective decides to confront the patient, but he knows it's impossible for this person to be the Gemini - the murderer was executed in the electric chair - on the very night that Father Karras successfully expelled the demon in the first film.
Kinderman is in no way prepared for what he is about to face - evil wearing the face of his old friend, the priest's soul being tormented for the devil's pleasure - and a bloody rampage that claims the life of another friend, Father Joesph Dyer (Ed Flanders, RIP). Braving the supernatural force, the detective must face his worst foe to end the crime spree and free his friend's soul . . . . . .
Blatty wisely did not try to top his original masterpiece; instead, he presents a portrait of a few of his key characters engaged in their own battles and trying to contemplate the meaning of life and death in general, all the while incorporated the supernatural to reach the point. The movie seems to have a more significant meaning since many of the top billed cast members have now passed on. Understandably, the film did not do well at the box office due to the previous sequel's disaster, but LEGION is an underrated gem. If you have seen the first film, you might like to see this one. Try to remember that it became before "The Silence Of The Lambs".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully directed, but a little too "talky" June 14 2004
By e5150
I really tried hard to find something--anything--to push this film over into the 4 star territory, but I just could not do it. That would be dishonest of me to give the impression that it was of film of such classic status.
Don't get me wrong, this is definitely a worthwhile movie and not a waste of time to watch by any means. Blatty's directing is very unique and at times extremely artistic in its creepiness. He is incredibly talented at creating an eerie vibe by using bizarre camera shots and borderline psychedelia, and personally I think he should have directed more horror films. The story, within the world of the Exorcist films, is believable and not necessarily a "roll your eyes in disbelief" kind of plot. Bringing back Jason Miller lends credibility to it that may not have been given otherwise.
My only gripes are the confused acting of George C. Scott--not his typical kind of role and I just don't see him meshing with the strange behavior of Kinderman all that well--and the extraordinary amount of dialogue. Blatty likes to really bash us over the head with conversations, especially between Scott and Brad Dourif. These seemingly endless rantings get very tiresome after the first five minutes of sitting there watching these guys go back and forth, not to mention having to deal with Dourif's constant overacting. Blatty wants us to know just how clever he can be (as well as how nonsensical he can be, considering some of Scott's lines), but this is overkill.
Aside from those points, it is certainly a very visually enthralling film. I remember reading about TE3 in Fangoria before it came out and, upon seeing the final product, noticed that some of the gorier scenes--which had clearly been filmed--were left out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Exorcist III June 3 2004
By Mac
The Exorcist III is fantastic.I had heard so many good things about it and it was everything I expected.George C. Scott does an amazing and touching job as Lt. Kinderman.Jason Miller reprises his role as the priest from the original.The characters are great.The dialogue is reasonable.The plot is great.Even though it isn't better than the original it is an excellent sequel.The story really interested me.I'm glad they talked about the stairs from the original and included it in this one.(SPOILERS)The voice in the reconciliation scene was really creepy.The way they described one of the priests and black boys death was terrible but also interesting.Make sure to check this one out.A woman crawls by unnoticed - on the ceiling like a fly.A long- dead killer claims victim after victim.Flames erupt, snakes slither, the ground opens and reveals a writhing pit of the damned.The evil is back.(8/10)
"Amazing! A sequel that stands on its own and still creeps me out at times."
-- Robin Clifford, REELING REVIEWS
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4.0 out of 5 stars The faces of evil
The rule of Hollywood series: the first movie is the best one, followed by inferior sequel, and then a third one which is guaranteed to be awful in every way. Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. A Solinas
2.0 out of 5 stars A big let down
While The Exorcist is a world class film, a real genre classic, part two and part three are a total waste of time. Slow and boring with nothing of interest to add. Read more
Published 13 months ago by B. Armitage
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the first movie, you'll LOVE this one.....
If you enjoyed the first movie, skip the second movie and head right to the Exocist III. This was a great sequel to the first movie, and was scarey like all hell. Loved it. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2005 by B. Braun
4.0 out of 5 stars a scary sequel who honnor the original
The main caracters of Kinderman, Father Dyers and Karras are back to face the evil in Goergestown for an ultimate time in this mysterious thriller of horror about a serial killer... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2004 by Robert Potvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary as hell
An amazing very scary Movie, the exorcist trilogy (and the new Bginning) are a must have for horror fans!
Published on Aug. 25 2004 by Deimos
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing can beat the original
This one sucks, and I never even seen it, The first one was the best, its declared as the scariest movie ever. none of these even comes close.
Published on July 5 2004 by David Adams
2.0 out of 5 stars Even worse than Exorcist II
Although this third sequel had a few return characters, unlike the second sequel, it was as confusing as number 2.
Even George C. Scott couldn't save this film. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by isawcher08_04_04
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason Miller returns for Exorcist III: Legion.
Written for the screen and directed by William Peter Blatty. We are now in Georgetown in 1990. There is a dark evil force rolling down the street like a wind. George C. Read more
Published on March 3 2004 by James McDonald
1.0 out of 5 stars oh boy, is this bad
This movie sucks. I was so excited to watch it, because the first exorcist scared me silly. But I was dissapointed with this.
Why didn't Billy Friedkin direct? Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Mixed Bag: Some Good Bits, Some Weak Bits
This movie centres on Bill Kinderman, the amiable cop who features in the original movie (but replacing Lee J. Cobb with George C. Scott. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by snalen
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