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September 21, 2018

Special Report: Exorcist II - The Heretic (1977)

Special Guests: Brian Hoyle, Paul Talbot
Guest Co-Hosts: David Kittredge, Samm Deighan

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we fly upon the wings of a demon as we discuss John Boorman's 1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic.

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), the little girl who, on the cusp of womanhood, was possessed by a demon in William Friedkin’s 1973 film. She’s back... And so’s the demon, Pazuzu…This time the titular exorcist is Father Philip Lamont (Richard Burton) who is investigating what happened to the ill-fated Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) with the help of Dr. Gene Tuskin (Louise Fletcher) and her hypnosis machine.

Heretical super-fans Samm Deighan (Diabolique Magazine) and David Kittredge (who's directing a documentary about Exorcist II) join Mike (who did a commentary track on the new Scream Factory blu-ray release) to look at the film, how it came to be, and its fate after release. Professor Brian Hoyle (The Cinema of John Boorman) and writer Paul Talbot (The Unmaking of Exorcist II) join the fray to try and explain this cinematic oddity.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy The Making of Exorcist II by Barbara Pallenberg
Read American Cinematorgapher August 1977 – The Photography of EXORCIST II THE HERETIC
Buy The Exorcist: Studies in the Horror Film Paperback edited by Danel Olson
Read about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Read The Voice from Below by Mike White
Listen to our Alien 3 episode
Listen to our Ninth Configuration episode
Listen to our Sorcerer episode

"Magic and Ecstasy" - Mocket
"Magic and Ecstasy" - Ugly Papas
"Regan's Theme  (From “Exorcist II The Heretic”)" - The City of Prague Philharmonic
"Magic and Ecstacy" - Snakefinger
"Pazuzu" - Ennio Morricone
"Exorcist II" - Yasuto Tanaka



  1. This is the best E2TH podcast I've heard. I've always had a soft spot for this movie (it was the first R-rated film I saw in a theater). I've listened to other podcasts about it, and they've all descended into mockery, which God (or Pazuzu) knows the film can support. But yours, in addition to its sheer *thoroughness,* is also respectful of the things Boorman attempted. You definitely earn the Good Locust Seal of Approval.

    1. Thank you so much! That really means so much!