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The Exorcist III (1990)

Updated: Sep 5, 2022

This masterpiece written and directed by William Peter Blatty is widely considered the true sequel to The Exorcist. It is a detailed film about a man searching for a serial killer who has been dead for fifteen years but whose murders seem to have started again recently. The film is carried by George C. Scott who is our lead investigating these murders to which he has multiple connections. There are so many quotable lines this film rivals Texas Chainsaw Massacre II. Brad Dourif plays the man in the isolation tank. He has such a scary voice and delivery in everything he is in and this film is no exception. The story is as focused as it is scary and the dialog is never boring. There are a few things I can criticize like a spider-man granny or the gemini's childish singing. This film boosts the most effective jumpscare in horror though that's debatable. What is not debatable is that this film has many effective jumpscares. Each scene looks beautiful and has Stanley Kubrick like attention to detail. I recommend this to anyone with a sophisticated horror pallet. This is more supernatural thriller than possession film. I can see it being too slow or confusing for some people but I give it a 9 out of 10. There was a little disagreement about how the film should end between the studio and the writer but I think both endings work.

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