From my topic header it almost sounds as if I just saw this film for the first time doesn't it? The truth however is that i've seen it many times, but with every viewing the film reveals more and more hidden layers that went unnoticed to me before. I saw it in theaters way back when, and I actually didn't really care for it that much when I saw it. I thought that it was slow and too confusing to follow. I guess that I went in hoping to see more of the Linda Blair type of stuff like the original to really judge it on it's own merit's and what it was trying to tell me. However I started watching it on cable a few years ago just for the heck of it and found that the film started to grow on me more and more, until finally I broke down and bought the dvd. Now i'm finally at a point where I can honestly call this film outstanding in just about every respect! Not only is it incredibly scary and spooky (that nun in the hallway shot, and that old lady crawling on the cieling! Whoa!), but if you really pay attention to what's happening in the story you get really involved and that's what I love most about the film. It's really intriguing what goes on, and I think that William Peter Blatty did a wonderful job with it. Everything that happen's in the film makes logical sense, and is not just thrown in for a cheap scare or for effect, but rather everything that happens is the result of what came before. It also ties together beautifully with the original film's story of what happened to Bazoozoo the demon after it was cast out of Reagan by Father Karras and after he made his tumble down the steps. And also what became of Karras. One of the things that turned me off originaly turned out to be one of my favorite tricks in the film. I could never figure out why Kinderman didn't notice that Karras's face kept changing into Brad Dourif's during their, extremely disturbing, conversations in his padded cell!? It wasn't until I realized that it wasn't really changing to him, but only to us the audience so that we could see without a doubt that he really was the Gemini killer, that I started to appreciate it. It was a great artistic move on Blatty's part to do that IMO. The performances are also top shelf, especially George C. Scott and Brad Dourif! I don't really buy the idea that this is the same Lt. Kinderman from the original film, but it doesn't really matter because Scott was so good in it he made the role his own. I know one thing, Kinderman certaintly got more bitter and ill tempered over the years! In fact, he's turned into one cranky old bastard! I also love that they got Jason Miller back to play Damian Karras, it just adds more meaning to the charactor that you can see that it's the same saintly but troubled priest from the first film, but who's body has been bady abused by Bazoozoo and the Gemini killer. You feel really sad for this poor man who's still alive in the technical sense, but tormented by what's taken over his body. His final line to Kinderman is deeply meaningful because of this. I don't think the film would have been as great without Jason playing Karras again. I also love the films unexpected humor! Kinderman's whole dialogue about that Carp swimming up and down in his bathtub is just too funny! And so is father Dyer's line to that nurse "Go with God my child, may the shwartz be with you." had me rolling actually! And finally Kinderman's description of some nut who breaks into people's homes...and completely redecorates. It's just something that you wouldn't expect to find in an 'Exorcist' film, and it was a nice change of pace I think. Anyway, I love this movie and think it's one of the most underrated horror film's ever made. It stays in tune to the original, and is galaxies beyond that terrible sequel! The Exorcist III is a rock solid hair and hell raiser...with a brain to boot. Anyone else?