“It was horrible…utterly horrible…and fascinating.”
For the final episode in their Scare Daniel series, podcast hosts Daniel Barnes and Corky McDonnell synchronize their tones to review John Boorman’s laughably unscary 1977 horror sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic, starring Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher and Richard Burton’s whiskey sweats. A film simultaneously obsessed with and contemptuous of William Friedkin’s 1973 classic, Exorcist II: The Heretic is crazy without ever becoming crazy fun. Hypnotized by a series of flashing lights, the hosts discuss sweaty Dick, Father Merrin baseball cards, locust costumes and therapeutic tapdancing.
U.S. theatrical release date: June 17, 1977
Critic scores: 19 on Rotten Tomatoes
This week’s craft beer: Bike Dog Brewing’s Soft Pedal (7.0% ABV)
This week’s Darer: Dan Scott
Why did Dan dare Daniel and Corky to watch Exorcist II: The Heretic? “This shameless attempt to cash-in on The Exorcist must have been made due to a series of deals with the devil. Not only does Linda Blair return as Regan, but it includes an all-star cast of Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, James Earl Jones, Ned Beatty and DANA FUCKING PLATO. Happy Halloween!”
IMDB synopsis: “A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl’s exorcist.”
This week’s referenced movies: The Exorcist; King Kong; Son of Kong; Point Blank; Deliverance; Excalibur; King Arthur: Legend of the Sword; The Snowman; Fifty Shades of Grey; Flash Gordon; Ghostbusters; Tropic Thunder; Sleepaway Camp; Exposed; Lost Continent; The Corsican Brothers; MacGruber
Ratings for Exorcist II: The Heretic: Daniel – Dare; Corky – Double Dare
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