director John Boorman
From its release, John Boorman’s Exorcist II: The Heretic was thrown under the critical bus, mashed on as one of the worst films of all time. Anyone who knows me or reads my film write-ups should know that I like me the worst films of all time. I’ve been meaning to see this for some time.
Boorman made some good movies (Point Blank (1967), Deliverance (1972), Hope and Glory (1987), The General (1998)), but you never live down shit like Zardoz and Exorcist II.
Is it really so bad? Yes and no.
How do you follow up a movie like The Exorcist (1973) anyways? You can’t. You never could. And Boorman didn’t exactly try to. Instead we’ve got some super-weird mashing up of psychology and hypnosis, telepathy and succubi, flashbacks and James Earl Jones in a locust costume. Linda Blair as a young adult tap dancing, Max von Sydow looking decades younger in flashbacks reminding you how amazing his make-up was in the original film.
And yes, the set designs are cool, if sort of insane.
But it doesn’t have Sean Connery in a red loincloth or a giant flying head.