The Exorcist/The Exorcist 2/The Exorcist 3 [DVD]
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A trilogy of paranormal horror. In the first 'The Exorcist', actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) has every reason to be content, having just completed a film with director Burke Dennings (Jack MacGowran). However, she becomes disturbed by the changes taking place in her 12-year-old daughter, Regan (Linda Blair). At first sullen and withdrawn, Regan becomes aggressive and blasphemous, and ugly welts appear on her face and body. No medical cure is forthcoming, and after Burke is killed by being thrown from Regan's window, Chris turns to local Jesuit priest Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller) for help. Karras then calls in exorcist Father Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow), who confirms that Regan is possessed by the devil. William Peter Blatty's screenplay, based on his own novel inspired by actual events, won an Oscar, and the film was deemed so powerful that it was refused a BBFC certificate for fifteen years. 'The Exorcist 2 - The Heretic' sees Regan (Blair), the demonically possessed child from the first film, now a relatively normal, happy teenager, living under the care of a psychiatrist (Louise Fletcher) and her mother's ex-secretary (Kitty Winn). When the demons return to haunt Regan, priest Father Lamont (Richard Burton), himself suffering a crisis of faith, is sent to investigate. Whilst 'The Exorcist 3' sees writer William Peter Blatty return to direct this 'first true sequel' to the original film, based on his own novel. Fifteen years have passed since Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller) died exorcising Regan MacNeil. Now his best friend Lt. Kinderman (George C. Scott) is troubled by a series of mysterious murders which are strangely reminiscent of those committed by the Gemini killer - who was executed on the night Karras died. Does the killer's spirit live on, and if so in whom? Kinderman's investigation leads him to an amnesiac in a mental hospital who has recently awoken from a fifteen-year coma, can describe the Gemini killings in detail, and bears an uncanny resemblance to Damien Karras...
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The first is the classic horror that starred Linda Blair, Max Von Sydow and Jason Miller. The first film works so well on its own that some people I'm sure probabaly wish there hadn't been any sequels. I though am a fan of the sequels as neither are simple re-treads of the original but are both films that continue the story in unique styles.
In the second film directed by John Boorman, you get Richard Burton starring as well as Linda Blair and Max Von Sydow features. Ennio Morricone does the score, watch the trailer and you can hear how great his score is. This first sequel will definately not be everyones prefered sequel as it is very different to the original.
I suspect more will appreciate the third entry which is superb and fits better with the original but is still very different. The third film stars an exellent George C Scott and the always brilliant Brad Dourif. You also get the return of Jason Miller. This third film is very spooky and atmosheric.
This boxset doesn't include the two prequel films, but I don't think they're worth owning especially as the second film features prequel scenes with Max Von Sydow anyway. This Boxset has some good extras such as the documentary 'Fear of God' and audio commentaries and original trailers.
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