Exorcist II: The Heretic

Synopsis: Dr. Gene Tuskin works with troubled children, perhaps none more troubled than Regan MacNeil, who suffers from bad dreams and repressed memories. The memories she represses are of the time she was possessed by a demon. Dr. Tuskin's invention, a device that hypnotizes two persons and links their minds together, reveals that the demon, named Pazuzu, still lurks within her. It is desperate to emerge again and wreak havoc. Meanwhile, Father Philip Lamont is ordered by his cardinal to investigate the death of Father Merrin, the priest who died while performing an exorcism on Regan. Father Lamont undertakes his task reluctantly. He feels unworthy of his assignment. He also feels that Evil is literally an entity and that this entity is winning the battle over Good. His investigation takes him to Africa where he locates another recipient of Merrin's exorcising and learns something fascinating and terrible about locusts.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): John Boorman
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

oh, Father.

Father Merrin, in the valley

of the shadow of death...

...be at my side.

why me?

I heal the sick.

why me?

okay, 8:
00 tomorrow.


Debbie, can you hear it?


I'll turn it up.

Debbie, Debbie.

You can hear it?

Mother's late. She's never on time.

- Hi.

- Hi, Regan! You're right on time.

- For once.

- Yeah.

what's happening?

Not much.

- Any dreams?

- No dreams.


- Look, I'm just wasting your time.

- Why do you say that?

- Well, you know why I come here.

- Well, you tell me.

- To make my mom feel better.

- Explain that, would you?

- She feels guilty.

- Why?

Divorce, her career...

...away all the time.

Regan? Why don't you tell me

the truth? Don't you trust me?

But I do. I do.

You keep saying you don't remember

that time in washington.

I don't know if I believe you.

I remember being very sick

and having nightmares, and that's all.

Those bad dreams are still inside you.

There's nothing wrong with me.

Regan? Regan?

I want to show you something.

You see this? This is a machine

we can use together.

It can put us in a state of hypnosis.

You'd be very relaxed and comfortable.

And then we could look at those bad

dreams together and understand them.

And dissolve them.

You wouldn't be alone, Regan.

- How do you feel about that?

- I don't think you're ready for it.

what does that mean?

You're the doctor. You explain it.

Follow me, please.

cardinal Jaros, may I present Father

Philip Lamont, Society of Jesus?

would you care to explain

your refusal to accept this task?

I should be relieved from all pastoral

responsibilities. I'm not worthy.

Father, I have not asked you

to perform another exorcism.

I simply requested that you investigate

the death of Father Merrin.

You have performed exorcisms.

You knew Father Merrin.

Furthermore, you were exposed

to his teachings.

I cannot think of anyone

more qualified for this assignment.

Philip, it's so good to see you.

Merrin's reputation is in jeopardy.

His writings have been impounded.

I'm not surprised. No one in the church

wants to hear about the devil.

Satan has become an embarrassment

to our progressive views.

Merrin was rather more extreme,

I'm afraid.

He argued that the power of evil

threatens to overthrow God himself.

So they found a heresy to nail him to.

well, many of the theological

college believe that...

...he died at the hands

of the devil...

...during that American exorcism.

Some, and they are close to

the pontiff, go so far as to suggest...

...that he was a Satanist.

At the end, I mean.

Perhaps Father Merrin

took a path no one could follow.

But how he inspired us, Philip!

Here. Remember,

christ is hard to follow too.

we were young. Today,

wherever I look, I see only evil.

God has fallen silent.

I cannot move to safeguard

Merrin's testament...

...until all the facts about his

last exorcism are clearly known.

You will conduct the investigation.

You will act discreetly in all

confidence, reporting to me alone.

But I'm not worthy!

You are a soldier of christ.

Make yourself worthy.

okay, I want you to concentrate hard

on the name of this color. All right?

- Gene Tuskin, Father.

- Lamont, doctor.

come on in.

- Liz, what does he want?

- How would I know, Regan?

He's here about me, isn't he?

why do you say that?

what about the coroner's report,

the testimony? The file's that thick.

Yes, I know.

Unfortunately, it sheds very

little light on Father Merrin's death.

I was hoping to question the girl.

- Why don't you sit down?

- Thank you.

Regan suffered a severe trauma

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