The Exorcist III (1990)

Mike Matei / October 11th, 2014

How does a horror series come back out of the toilet bowl, after the insanely horrible Exorcist II: The Heretic? The answer. Brad Dourif.


  • SoTH

    October 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Do Love at First Bite! Pretty funny Dracula movie IMO.

  • Rick

    October 11, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I just showed the first Exorcist film for an annual horror movie marathon last night 🙂 good timing.

  • October 11, 2014 at 10:11 am

    It’s a convoluted plot, but really damn good despite that. Much like how Reagan was possessed by the demon simply as an affront against humanity by going after an innocent, the demon’s scheme is to screw around with the church by possessing the priest AND having him be responsible for a string of murders.

    And as for the switch between Damien and the Gemini Killer, it’s more that as far as George C. Scott sees, it’s just Damien because he doesn’t believe in the possession. As Dourif says at one point, “If you looked with the eyes of faith, you would see me.”

    Sorry if I come across as overly critical or anything, it’s just Exorcist III just happens to be my favorite horror movie of all time – great combination of suspense, fantastic performances, creepy atmosphere, the best jump scare in all of cinema history (surprised you didn’t talk about it, actually), and just general mood.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I’ve waited for you to review this since Camp Cult

  • October 11, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I absolutely love this movie. The acting is amazing and it carries on some of the eeriness from the original. Its not as good but not that far off in my opinion.
    Check it out !

  • air345

    October 11, 2014 at 10:17 am

    You need to check out the movie Trick r Treat it’s a really good horror film with the actress in tru blood

    • June 27, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      1. Do you really think he’s not seen that?
      2. He’s reviewed it, it’s in this site…

  • Don Skiver

    October 11, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I have to agree with you James, Brad Dourif is pretty much the *only* reason I watched this movie (that and one of my ex’s was extremely superstitious and believed that the events in these movies *actually* happened…pfft..)

    It’s a mixed bag. The plot is a little too complicated, the pacing is a little too slow…but the atmosphere is pretty good and the acting (especially by Mr. Dourif) is pretty damn good too.

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s review!

  • Joker83

    October 11, 2014 at 11:09 am

    The hallway scene with the ghost and scissors is one of the scariest scenes ever in an otherwise mediocre movie. Such a good part though

  • Jamiesonofabitch

    October 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Here’s an interesting, if not disturbing fact-
    This movie was Jeffrey Dahmer’s favorite film!
    The other one was Star Wars because of the Emperor…too bad he didn’t see Jar Jar because he would’ve felt suicidal.

  • lotusclown

    October 11, 2014 at 11:53 am

    damn i love Brad Dourif! dude is a legend on film!!! he could make a fucking Care Bears movie terrifying! lol

  • October 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Finally! I’ve always thought this movie does not get the recognition it deserves. It is not perfect, but it is a great movie. I would even go as far as to say it is better than the novel, Legion. Great performances. Shameless plug: I reviewed this on my blog a year ago.

  • October 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Running time : 110 mins. Running time w/o room object close-ups : 49 mins lol

  • October 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Some movies shouldn’t have sequels and the Exorcist series is one of them. These movies work because they’re random events. That gives the movie a more realistic tone. Once you give the demon a name and it continues on other films. It ruins the idea of the first film. Jaws is the same way. One Shark was enough.

  • October 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I am so glad you reviewed this one. I have been telling people for years (mostly to incredulous stares) that they need to watch this. Brad Dourif was indeed amazing, and I always thought George C. Scott was the ultimate straight man for the Gemeni. One of my favorite scenes is the story of the carp in the bathtub.

  • erik37

    October 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I wish Brad Dourif was in more shit he is an awesome actor with a great voice, I wonder why he wasnt in more movies playing psycopaths?

    • Brian Oates

      October 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Brad Douriff’s best role was Piter De Vries in Dune.

      • Don Skiver

        October 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

        I especially liked Brad Dourif’s character on Star Trek: Voyager…”Lon Suder”. It’s a shame he wasn’t in more episodes, but the episodes he was in, the growth and evolution his character goes through is really really great.

  • punkbikerdude

    October 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm


  • Claude Lilford

    October 11, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Hm, another movie recommended by Linkara.
    Could you two just do a crossover already? I think it’s been long enouhg since that whole ‘Adamantium Rage’ business.

  • October 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I’m one of the few that thinks this one is better than the first. I actually read the book it was based on but it’s very different from the film. It’s more of a detective story, rather than a spooky supernatural one. So it’s not just the adding of Father Morning that the film changed, but also the Gemini killer’s importance. In the book the killer has much less of an impact than he has in the film version. Anyway I love George C. Scott and Brad Dourif and the film moves at a much faster pace than the book.

  • y2j420

    October 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    While I’m still hoping for Friday the 13th reviews, I’m also hoping James gets around to Once Bitten and American Gothic…Once Bitten is awesome 80’s fun…and American Gothic is a disturbing film…

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 11, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    The review is much appreciated. It sounds like the Exorcist movies are all over the place, huh?

  • assjack

    October 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm


    • punkbikerdude

      October 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm


    • assjack

      October 11, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      UNREAL FIRST #2…!?

  • The Regal Ace

    October 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Brad Dourif is excellent. Remember him in the tales from the crypt episode with bill paxton? Legendary stuff from my childhood

  • Sean Smith

    October 11, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    what if brad douriff is realy chucky

  • October 11, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    George C. Scott makes everything good. Check out “Hardcore” sometime. Exorcist III is slow but it’s a good slow.

  • Big McLargehuge

    October 11, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Brad Dourif is one of my favorite actors. I always thought that if they made a Spider-Man movie with Carnage in it, Brad would have been the perfect choice to play Carnage. Oh well, he’s probably too old now. He’s also one of the few reasons to watch Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2. He’s the only likeable character in it, and he’s cast against type to great effect.

    • Big McLargehuge

      October 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      The Curse of Chucky was awesome by the way.

    • Cilliandrew

      October 11, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Eh, i’ll never get the hate for Zombie’s Halloween 2. I loved where it went, being more a character study of the victims of the first film and where they’re at now…

      • Big McLargehuge

        October 12, 2014 at 12:11 am

        I thought it was better than the first one. I think Rob Zombie did a respectable job at trying to make the series his own. It just fell a little flat compared to the original Halloween and Devil’s Rejects.

  • grandizer74

    October 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    This is a great movie. It’s got cameos by Patrick Ewing and Samuel Jackson too. As much as I love George C Scott, if you watch his performance closely in this movie, he’s almost constantly sweating.

  • handsome pete

    October 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    iirc, the reason why a movie might show random stuff in the room to create the right feeling for a scene. For example, if a scene is supposed to be weird and uncomfortable, you could put various creepy objects in the scene, and quickly cut to one of the objects in the middle of every line delivery.

  • culwin

    October 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Firefox with Flash can’t play this video.

  • October 12, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Worst fucking movie of all time

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 12, 2014 at 2:31 am

    And here’s why nobody knows this movie, i mean i guess it’s only understanble since the second one sucked so bad. If the non-good parts are boring but not bad that’s already a plus.

  • Julián

    October 12, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Great video ! you should make a video about predator series , that would be awesome

  • BADam

    October 12, 2014 at 7:19 am

    The scene with the statue/nurse deserves more credit… So, so, so obvious something will happen but when it does still makes you jump and is never ‘rationalised’ (was it the statue or the killer) so still unsettling 2nd/3rd time as the leeength (yes it deserves that many e’s) keeps you thinking ‘it’s now… no it’s now… no i..EEP’

    • Kane_Magus

      October 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      What do you mean “was it the statue or the killer”? The image of the headless statue was simply a symbol to show that the nurse had been decapitated by the killer, without actually having to show the nurse herself with her head cut off.

  • Griff

    October 12, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I always hold it up, so it can see it’s body

  • Kane_Magus

    October 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Above this post: the nadir of the Internet.

  • October 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Original or remake of the original only…>.<

  • October 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    That one scent with the nurse and the “Scissor Man”(Clock Tower reference!), scares me every time! You and Mike should somehow do a Monday playing of Clock Tower for SNES, as long as you can find it.

  • marclawson

    October 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

    “You saw Mrs. Clelia walking around? Not Exactly?” “Would you shut your mouth!?” The banter between the Kinderman and Dyer. THE CARP story! You think Brad Dourif saved this movie? What’s a matter with you? GEORGE C SCOTT MAKES THE MOVIE

  • Senna4ever

    October 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Great flick…but it was never meant to be a sequel to The Exorcist.
    Blatty wrote the book (Legion) as a separate piece all together, then when he wanted to turn it into a film he was “asked” by producers to make it an Exorcist sequel…which he did begrudgingly.

    Also best ever jump scare, and I detest jump scares as I find them cheap. But the one done here is just set up and paid off so damn well it deserves plenty of credit.

  • low_tone1

    October 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    This movie is not as strong as the original, but it greatly makes up for the blunder of part 2. The acting along is an improvement, and Douriff IS excellent in it.

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm


  • Oliver Axelsson

    October 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    That’s the guy from spontaneous combustion in the thumbnail, isn’t it?

  • TagaZok

    October 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

    That movie was slow pace you got that right but near the end (if your patient enough)it is Awesome !! Creepy and horrifying

  • JT

    October 18, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Blatty didn’t want his baby to go out with that trash sequel. 3 is a good movie and a worthy sequel and is the one you’ll see at walmart when looking for something to watch for 10 or 13 dollars.

  • ninjamohawk

    October 23, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Exorcist 3 is one of my favorite Halloween movies. The lady and I make a point to watch it every year on the spookiest night we can.

  • Dan Boersma

    October 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Brad Dourif stole the show, but I thought the confession scene was one of the creepiest in movie history.

  • November 1, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Here’s a little fun fact: Brad Dourif also played the villian in the game Myst III: Exile.

  • M. Ryan

    April 12, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Do You Dare Walk These Steps Again?

  • Stephanie Cutrere

    August 18, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Many consider “The Ninth Configuration” (Both the book and film) to be the true sequel to “The Exorcist”. So the proper book trilogy would be “The Exorcist”, “The Ninth Configuration” and then “Legion (The Exorcist III)”.

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