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Default Exorcist III

Reviewer: Styx
Review Date: January 12, 2000

Released by: Warner Brothers
Release date: December 14, 1999
MSRP $9.99
Region 1, NTSC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16x9: Yes

Warner has recently released a movie only DVD edition of William Peter Blatty's Exorcist III, which is based off his novel "Legion". Considered an effective sequel after the rather bad Exorcist II: The Heretic, Warner gives us a nice presentation, but little else.

The Story

inline Image In 1975 the Gemini killer (Brad Dourif) was executed in the electric chair for his gruesome murders. This happens to be the same year of the exorcism performed on Regan MacNeil, in which two priests, Father Damien Karras and Father Merrin, gave their lives to save Regan's soul. Fast forward 15 years, Detective Kinderman (George C. Scott) still mourns the loss of his friend Damien. A new string of violent killings is occurring in Georgetown, murders that have the same MO as the Gemini's murders. Kinderman is baffled at the killings because only one person ever knew the true MO of the Gemini Killer, and now this apparent copycat is using it.

inline Image As Kinderman gets closer to the truth his friend Father Dyer (Ed Flanders) is murdered in the same gruesome manner. Kinderman is certain that there is some connection to the murders occurring now and the Exorcism 15 years ago. When Kinderman discovers one of the patients in the disturbed ward of the local hospital bares a strong resemblance to Father Karras (Jason Miller), things take a stranger turn when he reveals that he is the Gemini Killer. Kinderman will have to explore the mind of a psychopath to stop the Gemini Killer and protect his family, who have now become a target.

inline Image Exorcist III is not a bad film. Its style and theme is similar to that of the original and the questioning of faith and religion is still prominent. The film has a different kind of story since it deals with a serial killer and has a more police mystery feel. Many of the characters of the original return in this film, including Detective Kinderman, this time played by George C. Scott who does a great job. Jason miller also returns as Father Karras and Ed Flanders plays the role of father Dyer. This is a very serious film, similar to David Fincher's Seven and all the actors do a great job portraying serious roles.

Probably best of all for me is Brad Dourif who plays the Gemini Killer. Brad Dourif is a fine actor who I've caught in several films as well as guest appearances on TV shows like The X Files and of course he voices everyone's favorite killer doll, Chucky. He plays the part extremely well and keeps long dialogue scenes from becoming boring as he chillingly retells the details of his murders. Most of all I think this film succeeds in being generally creepy and has a few great moments. The film gives you a feeling that evil lurks in every corner, every crevice and there are no sanctuaries...not even churches. Though I don't think Exorcist III is as good as the original, it is a suspenseful walk with a psychopath.

Image Quality

inline Image Warner Home Video presents Exorcist III matted at 1.85:1 in a 16x9 enhanced transfer. Generally this transfer is very good. The transfer is very clean, I didn't notice much of any grain throughout the presentation. Detail and sharpness is at times a little wanting and there were many scenes I felt appeared a bit soft. Also the transfer seemed a little too dark as well making some things hard to see. Flesh tones seemed oversaturated and reddish in some scenes, but are generally good.

The print used for the transfer seemed in very good condition with hardly any issues like scratches and nicks. Overall this is a nice transfer, but not exceptional in any way.


Presented in Dolby digital 5.1 the sound is excellent. The atmospheric score sounds good and the creepy sound effects used like groans and such sounded great. Dialogue was clear.

Supplemental Material

inline Image Warner only gives us a very short theatrical trailer that seems much more like a teaser. Not much else, but I've seen less like Warner's Body Snatchers DVD, which doesn't have a trailer.

Final Thoughts

Well if you like Exorcist III this is a great DVD to add to your collection. Casual fans of the series may want to give this a rental before laying down the cash to buy it. Brad Dourif and George C. Scott fans should definitely give this one a go and the price ($9.99) is right.


Image Quality - A-
Sound - A-
Supplements - C

Technical Info.
  • Running time - 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Color
  • Rated R
  • 1 Disc
  • 31 Chapter stops
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1

  • Theatrical trailer

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