Yesterday I published a post called 5 Disgraceful Horror Sequels and, in the comments, a lot of you were wondering why Exorcist II: The Heretic wasn’t on the list. The answer is – I wished I’d remembered to include it! Don’t worry, there will be future bad sequels tallies and that title will surely be among them, but you’re right – it’s truly, truly awful.
All of your comments inspired me to do a little digging on the film and I found this anecdote from William Friedkin, director of the original Exorcist (who still hasn’t seen Heretic, by the way). He was invited to a test screening of the sequel in Pasadena by some WB execs and declined. Then, later, one of the execs opened up to him about what really happened that night when the audience VIOLENTLY turned on the film in its first 10 minutes!!!
Check out the story below! I’ve also included the trailer for the film – which manages to show more than most modern teasers and is totally batsh*t insane.
Friedkin’s story starts about 40 seconds in, though I recommend watching the beginning of the vid as well.
Here’s the trailer.
Bonus? THIS scene.