Intelligent, dark, sophisticated mix of horror and religion
Joker | Michigan | 08/27/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A lot of great in-depth reviews have been written about this movie that discuss the plot, the actors, etc. Read those reviews for that information. In my review, I just want to give my observations on this movie.
The Exorcist III (1990) is an intelligent psychological horror film that brilliantly mixes horror and religion and the darkness of demonic possession. This movie is the only true sequel to the original The Exorcist from 1973, yet the plot is so different from the 1973 movie. You won't get more of the same in this movie. This movie is totally different. You won't see Linda Blair in this movie. Instead, George C. Scott is present and is great in this movie (he was a great actor to begin with) as Lt. Kinderman, a demonic possession non-believer who is investigating some mysterious murders. The acting overall is top-notch in this movie. Cameo appearances are made by Fabio, Larry King, Samuel L. Jackson, and Patrick Ewing. Jason Miller, who was in the first Exorcist movie, reprises his role in this movie.
The movie is boring in parts, but even during the boring parts it manages to hold my attention. Why? It's because the overall mood and atmosphere of the movie is superb. The photography and cinematography are top-notch. This movie retains a lot of the feel of the first movie, only it brings it up another level, in my opinion. The lighting and the subtle horror are what hold my attention and make this movie interesting. The pacing is very good as well. The movie has very little music, but the music that is played is good. I think this movie might require four or five viewings in order to absorb everything and understand the plot. The movie moves slowly for the first hour and twenty minutes or so. Then the action starts to pick up in the last twenty minutes or so and things suddenly get bizarre and a little bloody. It almost seems like the last twenty minutes of the movie are a totally different movie altogether. I think this movie needed an ending like this in order to kind of make up for the slow and boring parts in the first three-fourths of the movie.
All in all, it's a very good movie. I recommend it to any horror movie fan."
Occasionally unintentionally hilarious , often freaky-creepy
Beatrice A. Lafave | so falls wichita falls | 08/25/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"it certainly helps to have been brought up Catholic when it comes to this disturbing knee slapper . i'm really glad Blatty adapted his own book and directed . i can't summon the name of the character actress who furnishes the demon voice ? they must have split their sides in the soundbooth . i agree with Moria (the science fiction , horror and fantasy) website that this is a pretty darn scary (i'd add funny myself) picture . played absolutely strait from the starting gate , it's a fun keeper . gotta love C. Scott . he brings so much to the picnic ."