Woof. There are bad sequels, and then there’s “Exorcist 2.” From beginning to end, this is garbage: Poorly written, badly acted, boring and all-around stupid. There’s very little horror content at all to be seen, which is in stark contrast to the original’s gut-punch shock effects, replaced here by endless scenes of locusts flying into the camera and silly-sounding African chanting substituting for an actual score. John Boorman’s direction is surprisingly languid and beautiful, defined by its dream-like pans and some gorgeous cinematography, but the movie is edited with all the finesse of a chainsaw, which halts the momentum and confuses the narrative. Add to this an interminable running length, some truly stupid elements (a synchroniser? Pazuzu? That weird, dangerous balcony of Regan’s?), and a weak acting trio consisting of Linda Blair (reprising her role as though she were in a high school production), Richard Burton (who spends his time looking befuddled), and Louise Fletcher (who doesn’t seem to be acting in the same movie), and you end up with one of the worst big-budget sequels ever made. Avoid at all costs.
Rating: ★ (out of 5)
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