Three quickies and an epic here. Quite frankly, this entire post is merely an excuse for me to finally watch the last movie I'll be talking about here.
Exorcist II: The Heretic is one of the great Bad Movies. Directed by John Boorman (who apparently didn't think much of the first one or horror in general), it is an amazingly ludicrous movie that posits that even after all the crap that went on in the last twenty minutes or so of the first movie, whatever was inside of Regan (Linda Blair) is still there. The overall effect is not unlike paying a couple hundred to get your car working only for it to break down a few days later.
Just about everything in this movie is insufferably silly from the overdone hammy over and underacting by Richard Burton and Louise Fletcher (Burton plays a priest investigating the events of the film and Fletcher is Regan's shrink), to the notion that the Mesopotamian demon inside Regan was drafted by Satan to possess and off some legit decent near-saintly folks to the hilarious conclusion that sees both Burton and Linda Blair hamming it up so bad it defies comprehension.
It's a real treasure trove of hilarious delights from the revelation that the first exorcism Father Merrin (Max von Sydow) performed that nearly killed him (mentioned in the first film) probably did so in part because the site of the ritual was at the top of a huge mountain to the utterly bizarre James Earl Jones supporting part as the now grown scientist who was the aforementioned exorcism subject. There is far too much to laugh at for me to adequately describe, it really has to seen for itself.
Coming soon: The Best of 1977