What is the general opinion of The Exorcist III?

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I watched the Exorcist III tonight starring George C. Scott. Since this is October and Halloween is nearing, I was curious as to what your opinion of the Exorcist III is, in and of itself as well as compared to the first two?
I've never seen it before tonight and I rather enjoyed it and found it very creepy.
 

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'The Exorcist III' is a very respectable sequel IMO, granted, it's a little unconventional, but that's fine with me. It's also miles better than the aweful 'Exorcist II The Heretic' I also find this film to be quite shock inducing, particularly what's been called the "Hallway scene" where the nurse gets it by the nun with the shears.
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I agree about the hallway scene. I sort of freaked out when I saw that. As for the Heretic, I agree it wasn't too swift.
 

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I liked Exorcist III & agree that the hallway sequence is the highlight of the film, & one of the most shocking moments I've seen in a horror film.
What I particularly like about the film is that you have no idea what's going to happen next, a trait that I adore in films.
 

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I'm one of the few people here who absolutely hates this film. III is every bit as stupid, laughable and useless as II, imo. I saw it for the first time about a year and a half ago, and I tried to like it. But by the end, I couldn't stand it anymore. While it's interesting to see Scott play Cobb's old role, I just couldn't buy into the story. The new final scene in The Exorcist says more in a minute or two than this film does in two hours.
I was suprised at how much I despised this thing, given that it has always gotten mostly positive reviews.
 

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I first saw this on Cinemax at like 3am-creeeepppy movie.
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That would be Brad Dourif as the demon/killer in Exorcist III also seen in such films as Ragtime - DUNE - One flew over the Coo-Coo's Nest - spontaneous combustion and many many other film & television works.
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The hallway scene and the creepy "Joker" statue with the knife still get me every time. Essentially, this movie could be retitled as Patton Versus the Devil. If you like George C. Scott, I'd also recommend Patton Versus the Haunted House (aka The Changeling).
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"Exorcist III" is terrific - it is, quite possibly, the most underrated horror movie of the past 20 years. I would, however, love to see Blatty's original version someday. He had to reshoot the ending to satisfy studio demands that there actually be an exorcism in the film.
 

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Back when I saw this in 1990 it was the actor who played the demon (and looks like Chris Katain)that ruined the movie for me. Too much over acting. I notice in the trailers there are scenes not in the movie and they look good too. Like the guy on the cross going into hell.
 

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I dug this movie. Exorcist 2 could be one of the worst movies ever. It suffers from delusions that fashion would never change, and the part with James Earl Jones in Africa? I was freaking lost
 

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I'm shocked people! You neglegted to mention that Brad Dourif is also none other than the voice of our favorite pshycho doll Chucky!
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What is the general opinion of The Exorcist III?
That it's better than II and not as good as the original?

Seriously, I saw it a couple of times and it is freaky. It's a fair enough sequel and succeeds in washing the taste of II out of your mouth.
 

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At the risk of sounding silly, I still have psychological issues from II. I watched it in bed on HBO while in college 15 years ago. I was suffering with a very bad fever and fell in and out of consciousness during the film. I had halucinations about demons flying in and out of my dorm and have not been able to watch this move since. Silly but true.
 

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Silly but true.
The same thing happened to me while I was on the couch watching "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." I haven't been able to watch it since. Not that I didn't like the movie, but when you are in that state (fever and hallucinations) it's hard to go back to that movie. bizzare.
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"...succeeds in washing the taste of II out of your mouth."
Actually it made me yearn for EII. At least it has a few laughs.
 

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Exorcist III is great. I loved it. It really didn't need the ties to the Exorcist though, and it would have been a great film on its own. It should have just been called Legion after William Peter Blatty's novel. The movie managed to be scary and suspenseful without excessive gore. The scenes with George C. Scott talking to the "demon" in the cell are very intense.
[Edited last by Barry S on October 25, 2001 at 02:17 AM]
 

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As nearly all have said above: EXORCIST III is great. Yeah the whole final confrontation between Father Morning and Brad Dourif feels tacked-on (and more than a little rushed) and Scott pulls a few William Shatner moments but overall it's incredibly creepy and atmospheric. Does anyone even need to mention that it's better than Part II (only a handful of films aren't)?
BTW: I read somewhere that Blatty wanted to call it LEGION (after the title of his book) but the studio wanted to name recognition so they went with E3. Makes sense from a marketing standpoint but it still didn't help -- the film died a miserable death at the box office in 1990.
 

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