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The Dream Machine --- The Imagination of the World Wide Web
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Father Lamont wants to discover why Regan was possessed by the demon Pazuzu, so he travels to Africa in search of another who was possessed by the same demon. He learns that Pazuzu travels the world through locusts. When Father Lamont returns to New York, he discovers that Pazuzu has reached Regan again through Dr. Gene Tuskin's hypnosis machine. Part of what made the demon in the first one so creepy is that we never knew much about it. The pacing is extremely slow and boring. There are times in this film where the dialogue is so cringe-worthy that you will question why you're watching it. The concept is never interesting and feels very stale from early in the film.
It's a disappointment to see an actress as great as Linda Blair fall into such a trap. Her dialogue is weak, thin, and her character isn't as interesting as she was in the first one. Richard Burton is acceptable, but isn't anything that stands out. Louise Fletcher is another tremendous actress that doesn't get the opportunity to show her skills with a screenplay as bad as the one here. Part of what made The Exorcist so terrifying in its time is how real the actors made it look. In Exorcist II: The Heretic, it feels fake and I'm sure that the actors knew how poor this sequel was in quality while filming it.
Throughout the film, there are visions that take the viewer through Africa which guides the leads on where to go. The sets that are supposed to be Africa are pathetic and look fake. The camera work is mediocre, at best, and the editing is awful. The filmmakers tried to do things such as overlap scenes and it just looks tacky.
It's a shame that actresses such as Linda Blair and Louise Fletcher were involved with this film. It's a good duo wasted. The entire film is slow, predictable, and drags for too long. Unlike the first film, the story never picks up or becomes exciting. It stays at a mellow level the entire movie and gets worse the longer you watch it. Exorcist II: The Heretic is a disaster and doesn't even deserve to be considered a sequel to The Exorcist.