William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of “The French Connection” who followed that up with “The Exorcist,” took a swipe at all the “Exorcist” sequels by claiming “they are rotten chunks of excrement because they are made by non-believers.“
Granted, “The Exorcist III” (1990) doesn’t touch the original but it is no “rotten chunk of excrement.” Okay, that’s a subjective opinion. What isn’t subjective, though, is that “Exorcist III” was written and directed by William Peter Blatty, the devout Catholic responsible for the original “Exorcist” in both book and screenplay form.
If you watch “Exorcist III” outside of context the brilliant original and you are in for a horror treat with a few memorable chills and a strong sense of faith.
“Exorcist III” is no masterpiece, but it certainly doesn’t deserve to be lumped in with the other godawful sequels.
All of today’s Hollywood Playbook Top-Five here.