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

by that experience.

I think the exorcism

made the problem worse.

You must know that three people died.

Regan's guilt was so great,

she repressed everything.

I'm sorry, Father.

I can't let you question her.

The shock of recall

could result in self-punishment.

I couldn't rule out suicide.

You have a heavy responsibility:

the care of her soul.

The care of her mind and her body

is my responsibility, Father.

You realize what you're up against,

don't you?

- What am I up against, Father?

- Evil.

Mental illness.

That's what we're up against here.

or the casualties of

a diseased society. Evil is not...

Evil is a spiritual being,

alive and living.

Perverted and perverting, weaving

its way into the very fabric of life.

- Sorry to disturb you.

- What is it?

I've changed my mind. I'd like

to try that machine after all.

- Fine.

- Could we try it now?

I'm sorry. I won't intrude any longer.

It's okay, Father.

You can stay if you'd like.

Regan, this is Father Lamont.

Regan MacNeil.

- Hello.

- How do you do?

well, we can do it

tomorrow then, Regan. Okay?

Father, maybe you can help me.

- All right, Regan?

- Good.

These experiments confirm that thought

can be transmitted across distances.

- Here he is, causing a spoon to bend.

- Sharon.

- Not on a stage...

- Look, I can do it.

...but under iaboratory controis

and observed by skepticai scientists.

- It's easy.

- Good God, Regan.

...they seem to defy naturai iaws.

How can that be?

oh, look, you fool.

You believe everything!

oh, wait, wait.

...but is mereiy an iiiusion:

a projection of the mind.

These are EEG biofeedback electrodes.

They pick up any brain frequency.

They're integrated

with these strobes...

...to bring two altered states

into synchronization.

- Are you ready, Regan?

- Yes.

we're going to do this

just the way I showed you.

Now, I want you to relax your arms.

Now, I want you to concentrate

on the strobe light.

Deeply relax.

Just let yourself go

and look at the light.

Now, I want you to relax

and make your tone go deeper.

Listen to your tone.


Deeper, Regan.

can you hear me, Regan?


when you hear the alarm buzzer,

you will wake up and feel fine...

...but you will remember nothing

that happened. Do you understand?


very good. Now, do you remember

your room in washington?


- Can you see your room?

- No.

Then I want you to go deeper.

Go deeper into your memory

until you can see your room.

Make your tone go deeper,

and you will see it.


Deeper, Regan. Deeper.

can you see it now?


I want to come down and be with you.

Do you remember how to help me?


Good. Bring me down to where you are.

You and I will obey the commands

that Liz and Father Lamont give us.

Do you understand?


I'm going to turn my light on now.

And you will help me

bring my tone down to yours.

can you hear me, Gene?


Relax, then.

And let yourself come down

deeper and deeper...

...to meet my tone.





- Doctor, can you see Regan's room?

- Yes.

Regan, do you remember the time

Father Merrin came up to you?


Regan, you will now respond

to Father Lamont.

- Regan?

- Yes?

That time in the room...

...try and remember Father Merrin

just before he died.

- We're alone.

- Is his heart strong? Resolved?

He is praying.

- Is he in pain?

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