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THE EXORCIST 3 (1990) ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES

Since tomorrow is Halloween and this site is mostly about scary movies, I thought I’d like to pitch in something that you might not have ever heard of and want to watch something GOOD tomorrow night. When I first started this place I had one reader and that was all good, but my posts were much different then so don’t be shocked : )

Today I present to you a repost of a repost of a post that I posted in early 2012… this really is one of my favorite movies and if you can get your hands on it for tomorrow night – IT’S FANTASTIC!! (At least to me) (and a few other people)

P.S. There’s spoilers….

P.P.S. This IS a repost of a repost of a post so there are some things that may or may not make sense in the body of this thing, since bloggers and writers come and go so often)

EX3First thing first – I am not the type of guy who will ever make fun of someone (aside from Scrotey), I also encourage people to have free will and what you believe in is what you believe in and I won’t bother you or try and influence anything. That said, on Easter of 2012 I published a post of one of my favorite movies – Return of the Living Dead – in honor of The Big Resurrection and I titled it “Easter” and no one ever read it. Over the last year, some of The Most Beloveds have read it and checked it out and if you, The Most Beloved wanted to give it a read, you can do so HERE and I would only only love it.

The next week, playing on words and keeping the “holiday” theme that I don’t do anymore, I published a post about another of my favorite movies – this one – and called it “Easter(n)” in honor of the Eastern Orthodox celebration of the event:

Ahhhh… Easter. The day millions of good people gather around, do some worshipping, do some fancy eating and maybe send the kids after some vinegar-dyed eggs in celebration of The Big Resurrection.  Here at the IPC, if –

Wait, what? Ah yes. Last week we celebrated The Big Resurrection with a visit to one of my favorite movies ever, The Return of the Living Dead. But wait – we can’t forget about those wild and crazy Eastern Orthodox folks who still run on Julian Time and not that insanely popular Gregorian Calendar. What! Holy Shit! Yessir – Eastern Easter is a week later (usually) so what can we do to have a second get together? How about a revisit to another one of my favorite movies ever? Let’s take a look and see what The Devil and his buddies are up to in The Exorcist III.

and only a couple of people ever looked at it. Those were (obviously) written a long time ago, before I had figured out my blog and uploading pictures and using commas and interacting with people because I was scared of public humiliation and stuff like that, but those are still two of my favorite movies. Since I am the person that I am (I observe your behavior and sit on your porch all night protecting you from evil and the unclean) I notice that Most Beloved New Readers rarely go back and read the old shit (which you can see a list of HERE) (for your weekend reading : ) ). So – in honor of this year’s The Big Resurrection, let’s go back and revisit what the devil and his buddies were up to in THE EXORCIST III. I would also like to thank these three people for the attention given to the original post: Erin @ DEEP RED RUM (I hope you’re convalescing well!!!!!), JPThorn @ THE HORROR BOOTH (I hope you’re doing well out there!!) and John @  JOHN THE AUSSIE (Where have you been, my friend?? Out rumming it up??)

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THE EXORCIST 3 (1990) FIVE TOP HATS

I am sure that this movie probably doesn’t fall into the top ten of most people’s “favorites” lists but this movie really did the trick for me. Perhaps that’s because (yes I know already) I’ve never seen The Exorcist (I know) (ED: This has since changed, see THIS THANKS CATALIN!!) or because I thought “Exorcist 2″ sucked ass but when I went and saw this in the theater – I loved it. Twenty-two years and dozens of viewings later, it still totally held up for me and I stand behind the testament that is my ranking. I mean George C. Scott is incredible in this, so is Jason Miller (reprising the role I didn’t see him in, in the first movie) as Damian Karras and, if you didn’t believe in him in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Brad Dourif (the most underrated actor ever) is awesome. I loved and still love the moody atmosphere and there’s not a lot of shitty, unnecessary dialogue; the words that come out here all have meaning and purpose. I liked how they used long, still silences to create tension and even if you don’t agree with my spectacular view of this – you know you didn’t see two of those things coming in that hospital – brilliant! The only thing I could possible gripe about in this is that it’s kind of dated with Patrick Ewing (remember him?), Fabio (is he still popular?) and Samuel L Jackson as a blind dude before he was SAMUEL MOTHER FUCKING JACKSON. Oh yeah, and don’t miss Larry King before he was a withered prune getting into that booth in the restaurant.

So what is this all about? Even though I haven’t seen all of The Exorcist, I am sure most of the planet knows what it is all about and is familiar with the big jump out the window and roll down the flight of stairs scene. Well that was father Karras (mentioned above) and every year on the anniversary of his death, George C Scott’s Lt. Kinderman and Karras’ old priest friend Father Dyer (another excellent performance by Ed Flanders) cheer each up by going to the movies to see “It’s a Wonderful Life”. In a “pre” story, a young boy has been found, his head severed, his blood drained and his body crucified – all the tell tell signs of a murderer put to death (also) fifteen years prior called The Gemini Killer.

As the cops try and figure out who killed the kid, we get an extremely creepy scene in a  confessional involving an elderly lady and a priest, I really can’t do justice to the way the director (also the writer of the book and the screenplay) overlayed different images and sounds throughout this entire movie, but this scene is pretty compelling, to say the least. Soon Kinderman and his squad are looking into the death of the priest, identifying more trademarks of the Gemini Killer and Father Dyer ends up in the hospital. In one of the most  effective shots of the outside of a house at night in movie history (IMO), a phone rings, Kinderman picks it up, there is a lengthy silence and Scott growls “What are you telling me?”

What they were telling him is this: Dyer has been decapitated, his blood emptied into a very nicely structured arrangement of jars next to his bed, “not  a drop of it spilled”, except for the note written in blood above the bed: “It’s a wonderfull life”. That double “L” is also a trademark of the Gemini, see (ED: see the header image if I remember to put it up). After an interrogation with a very “Nurse Ratchet-y” lady, clues lead Kinderman to the “dangerous” ward where he hears someone whisper his name.  Looking into the room that came from – it turns out that its none other than Father Damian Karras himself. How can this be? He’s dead from rolling down those stairs so long ago. Well, the explanation for this turns out to be wicked and the rest of this movie plays out wonderfully.

Inside of Karras is the evil, daddy hating soul of the Gemini and they very cleverly swap between Kinderman “seeing” Karras (Miller) talking (because that’s who is physically sitting there) and Dourif stealing the show as the serial killer – executing (literally) revenge on The Church for The Exorcism that occurred in The Exorcist (using Karras’ body as the the tool). But how does he get out of that straightjacket and out in the street to commit these heinous beheadings? Well – that’s part of the story and if you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil. I’ll just say that, obviously, I love this movie, the cast was excellent, the score was entirely effective and the whole thing has never disappointed me.

On a last note, I know that a lot of folks like to have a good bitch about the ending – that: “it’s the bullshit studio ending that no one wanted!!!” and “this is how Hollywood ruins everything!!!” and “fuck you movies!!” but I liked it. I actually thought it was pretty cool. In fact, I really enjoyed the last scenes in that cell where Scott is pinned up against the wall delivering his spit filled lines and the whole “Now Bill now!! Shoot me now!! Kill me now!!” thing. It got me going – kind of like this super hot beef jerky I am eating right now – whew. Anyway – I loved it then and still do.

55 comments

  1. Pingback: THE EXORCIST 3 (1990) ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES | The Horror Booth

  2. You don’t need me to gush any further about this one. Great job on the post. It’s really nice to know I’m not the only one that absolutely loves this film.

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  3. davecrewe

    I really should get around to watching this – good write-up! Would you suggest I steer clear of “Exorcist 2” completely, or is it worth an hour and a half of my time?

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    • theipc

      Hey Dave – thanks for the comment and the read. You should DEFINITELY watch this. 2 isn’t as terrible as everyone makes out but this is a MUST see!

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  4. Busy, mate. Very busy. Just finished transferring a site, post by post, comment by comment. Organizing some paperwork for some friends, getting home renovations sorted. I’m getting in trouble left right and center for not being online as often as I should, even more so for not posting anywhere….

    But I’ll be back… They always come back

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  5. Victor De Leon

    This movie is criminally overlooked and dis-regarded. I just got the blu-ray. Really love this sequel. The book Legion was just as creepy. Too bad Blatty never took off as a director because he rocked this one. I think all of the studio manipulations got to him. Great post!

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