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1989 film directed by William Peter Blatty

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Exorcist III was the follow up to the classic Exorcist. Despite the number three next to the title, this was the true sequel to the first film. Writer/ Director William Peter Blatty wanted to simply call the movie "Legion" like the name of his novel. But the producers wanted to cash in on the Exorcist name so he caved into pressure. In Europe it's called Legion: Exorcist III. This wasn't going to be the first or the last conflict Blatty would have with the producers. The novel was a straight forward mystery/ thriller. The producer wanted some gore and "exorcism" thrown into the mix. Blatty wanted to make an atmospheric horror film, the producers wanted a prototypical 80's horror film. They also wanted Jason Miller and an exorcism! Who won out?

The film follows the friendship between Father Dyer and Detective Kinderman. Meanwhile a serial killer is running around Georgetown gruesomely murdering the city's residents. Kinderman is called into duty and is puzzled by the brutal slayings. That is until he follows the clues and they lead him to a very unlikely place. Kinderman's faith in God is tested as he continues on through out this bizarre and seemingly never ending case.

George C. Scott is excellent as Kinderman. he plays the role of the detective as if he was tailored made for the part. Ed Flanders co-stars as Father Dyer. Nicol Williamson has a guest star spot as a Father Merrin type priest (his scenes seemed to have been added during post production because they don't fit in with the rest of the movie). The ending felt rushed and it has "post production" stamped on it. Word has it that the film was indeed tampered with during the post production. I thought so to because the book's ending was far different than what was put out on the silver screen.

Is the movie worth watching? Yes it is because it's a worthy follow up to the Exorcist. Even though it was fiddled around with during the final phase of production, scenes seem to have been added and the ever presence of the producers looking over the director's shoulder, it's still a great film. I'm probably one of the few people who are actually satisfied with the movie. I wished Blatty could have the original version of this film restored.

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review by . July 26, 2012
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*** out of ****    Let's get something straight. This is not really "The Exorcist III". It may don the name, but only because the studio intended for it to be a commercial effort. It is a continuation of the events that closed William Friedkin's screen adaptation of "The Exorcist", which was based on a novel written by William Peter Blatty - who wrote and directed this film. It picks up after Father Karras (Jason Miller) jumped out the window of the MacNeil house in Georgetown, …
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The third film in The Exorcist series.

Based upon the novel Legion.

The Exorcist III is a 1990 horror movie written and directed by William Peter Blatty, and starring George C. Scott, Nicol Williamson, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif and Jason Miller. It was the first Exorcist film in the series produced by Morgan Creek, and the only Exorcist film distributed by 20th Century Fox instead of Warner Bros.

The film is based on Blatty's novel Legion, the sequel to his original novel The Exorcist. The story takes place in Georgetown, fifteen years after the events of The Exorcist (although it makes no reference to the events of Exorcist II: The Heretic) in which a young girl named Regan MacNeil was possessed by a demon.



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Genre: Horror
Release Date: August 17, 1990
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: William Peter Blatty
Runtime: 110 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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