(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: The Exorcist III
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video and Shudder
The Pitch: Original Exorcist author and screenwriter William Peter Blatty writes and directs a direct follow-up to the horror classic (one that conveniently and wisely ignores Exorcist II: The Heretic). Lieutenant William F. Kinderman, the gruff detective from the first movie, is investigating a series of serial killings that end up tying directly into the events of The Exorcist.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: The Exorcist III isn’t as good as the original film – but it’s pretty damn close. Disturbing, weird, and featuring some great performances, this sequel takes the concepts introduced in The Exorcist and runs wild with them, crafting something unique in the process.
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(Welcome to Scariest Scene Ever, a column dedicated to the most pulse-pounding moments in horror. In this edition: An iconic scene from The Exorcist III single handily proves the merit of the jump scare.)
The jump scare gets a bad rap. One of horror’s most oft-used tools is the equivalent of a cinematic magic trick, an artform of misdirection to create an abrupt fear response. There’s nothing like a perfectly executed jump scare to make your heart skip a beat. Yet, like most tools, relying on the jump scare solely to create frights versus atmosphere often relegates the technique to cliché.
All of which to preface this – after the abysmal and chilly reception of Exorcist II: The Heretic, an anticipated follow-up to an all-time horror classic, no one expected the franchise’s third outing to deliver one of cinema’s most significant jump scares. The Exorcist III proved to be a pleasant surprise in more ways than one, including its perfection of a genre artform. Nestled deep within a sequel that relied heavily on atmosphere and psychological chills, writer/director William Peter Blatty mastered misdirection and delivered an iconic scene that would be emulated in pop culture still to this day.
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Welcome to 31 Days of Streaming Horror. Every day this October we’ll be highlighting a different streaming horror movie to help you get into the Halloween spirit. Today’s entry: The Exorcist III (1990).
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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Tying in with the upcoming release of Annabelle: Creation, this week’s edition asks “What is your favorite horror movie jump scare?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team. Read More »