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The Exorcist III Review


Excellent
Yeah, I know. It's a horror movie with a number after the title, which usually as promising a signal as "This film was not screened for critics." Well, if Evil Dead II is the horror sequel's Citizen Kane, then Exorcist III is its The Godfather.

Burdened with a disastrous prior sequel, E3 effectively rescues the franchise with earnest terror and dark wit. Writer and director William Peter Blatty, the man who scribed the novel and screenplay to the original Exorcist, completely ignores the heresy that was Exorcist II: The Heretic, and picks up 15 years after the first installment with a story loaded with dastardly twists, dreadful things that lurk just off-screen, and Brad Dourif.

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About Last Night... Review


Good
That movie no one can ever keep straight with St. Elmo's Fire. Early Demi Moore, "pre B.J." as a friend of mine used to say (pre boob job). Actually based on a David Mamet play. Bet you couldn't tell.

Helter Skelter Review


Good
Ultra-freaky Steve Railsback steals the show as Charles Manson in the 4-hour miniseries that outlines the trial of Manson and his "family" for the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders in the early 1970s. Unfortunately, about 2 1/2 hours of this is filler, padding out the story to miniseries length. DiCenzo is capable as the prosecutor who put Manson away for life (actually: he got the death penalty, but California overturned the death penalty while he was on death row; his sentence was converted to life in prison). But ultimately, this is Railsback's story -- the tricks he does with his eyes alone are unforgettable.

The Exorcist III Review


Very Good
So we're not talking about great art here. But pound for pound, this second sequel to The Exorcist is one of the most frightening movies ever made. Largely set in an old hospital, we find that Father Damien may very well be alive and kicking in the depths of the mental ward -- and possibly possessed by the devil and with the power to possess others at will to do his bidding outside the confines of the straightjacket.

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The Ninth Configuration Review


Very Good
Decidedly weird, The Ninth Configuration is a slow burn of a thriller that gives us Stacy Keach in a dead-on performance as a marine psychiatrist brought in to do his doctoring in a (what else) converted, remote castle in the Pacific Northwest. Namely, he interacts with NASA astronaut-gone-nuts Scott Wilson (equally good, if not better), until it starts to surface that Keach's character may not be altogether there himself. It's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by way of Jacob's Ladder. Written and directed by William Peter Blatty (The Exorcist). Very capable, though it flounders considerably in the final act. Still worth checking out, though.
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