The 50 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time

36. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Ned Beatty, James Earl Jones

Exorcist II: The Heretic is one of those failures that's tough to completely hate, filled to the brim with one batshit crazy idea after another. Looked at individually, the ideas in William Goodhart's insane script are pretty intriguing, and could've worked if they weren't all mashed together. As it stands, though, this tonally inconsistent follow-up to one of horror's crowning achievement, 1973's The Exorcist, is a certifiable clusterfuck.

The first movie's little possessed girl—played by Linda Blair, grown up and cute as hell—is now a psychiatric patient who routinely undergoes hypnosis. As the movie flies off the rails, a priest's brain waves are somehow linked to hers, swarms of locusts attack people, hearts are ripped out of chests, and a chick sets herself on fire.

None of it is scary, or even comprehensible, but at least Exorcist II: The Heretic tried for bigger things. Though, its widespread failings are that much grander in the process.

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