"15 years later, Father Karras' Mom is STILL sucking cocks in hell!"
I don't think many people have seen this film, and I think even fewer realize that it was written and directed by William Peter Blatty, author of the original Exorcist. So, while it's not quite as chilling as the first story, It is at least a quality sequel and not some crappy knockoff by a third party made solely for the $$$Fifteen years after the original "Exorcist", Lt. Kinderman and Father Dyer from the first movie are still friends. Lee J. Cobb and William O'Malley have been replaced respectively by George C. Scott and Ed Flanders (no, not the bible-geek from "The Simpsons"). Kinderman is investigating a series of gruesome, ritualistic murders that he discovers are related to the Exorcism case 15 years earlier. The killer is targeting friends and family of those involved in the original exorcism. It appears that Legion has taken over the body of a serial killer (Brad Dourif), and he's taken poor Father Karras' soul along for the ride (played by Jason Miller, the only returning original cast member).
While the nemesis in this film is not as convincingly full-on evil as Linda Blair was in the first, he is still plenty fucking creepy. The film does a masterful job in places of scaring the bejesus out of you, and takes some fresh approaches to setting up the frights. One scene in a hospital shows ten minutes of basically nothing going on, only to make you jump out of your skin when the payoff finally arrives because it's so unexpected . . . even though you were expecting SOMETHING.
The pacing is uneven in places, and some of Kinderman's dream/vision sequences are just a little too out there to be taken seriously. Also, the killer's explanation of how he moves from body to body is pretty fucking convoluted. Overall, though, the story is decent and the cast is quite good. Scott and Flanders have a good rapport between their charactes, constantly jabbing at each other like old friends do. Dourif is creepier than usual, thanks to his enhanced deep demonic voice. The final showdown is a bit too much hollywood pyrotechnics, but delivers a satisfying result nonetheless.This movie is a tiny buoy of light, bobbing above the surface in a sea of crappy horror movies that deliver lots of blood but precious little scares. Rent it as a double feature with the original, and you'll be guaranteed a sleepless night. Viewing of the Exorcist II, however, is not required or recommended.