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The Exorcist III (1990)
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The Exorcist III (1990) Lt. Kinderman and Father Dyer cheer each other up on the anniversary of the death of their mutual friend, Father Damien Karras, by going to see "It's a Wonderful Life" at the local theater in Georgetown, near Washington D.C. But there's no cheering Kinderman while a particularly cruel and gruesome serial killer is at large. His murders, which involve torture, decapitation and the desecration of religious icons, is bad enough; but they also resemble those of the Gemini Killer, who has been dead for fifteen years.

Movie Tagline:
Do you dare walk these steps again?

Also Known As:
Exorcist III: Legion
The Exorcist 3
The Exorcist III: Legion
William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III

Title: Exorcist III, The
Release Date: August 17, 1990
Runtime: 110 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Dolby
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Buried.com Rating: 6.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With E

MPAA Rating: R

William Peter Blatty

George C. Scott ...Kinderman
Ed Flanders ...Father Dyer
Brad Dourif ...The Gemini Killer
Jason Miller ...Patient X
Nicol Williamson ...Father Morning
Scott Wilson ...Dr. Temple
Nancy Fish ...Nurse Allerton
George DiCenzo ...Stedman (as George Dicenzo)
Don Gordon ...Ryan
Lee Richardson ...University President
Grand L. Bush ...Sergeant Atkins
Mary Jackson ...Mrs. Clelia
Viveca Lindfors ...Nurse X
Ken Lerner ...Dr. Freedman
Tracy Thorne ...Nurse Keating
Barbara Baxley ...Shirley
Zohra Lampert ...Mary Kinderman
Harry Carey Jr. ...Father Kanavan
Sherrie Wills ...Julie Kinderman
Edward Lynch ...Patient A
Clifford David ...Dr. Bruno
Alex Zuckerman ...Korner Boy (as Alexander Zuckerman)
Lois Foraker ...Nurse Merrin
Tyra Ferrell ...Nurse Blaine
James Burgess ...Thomas Kintry
Kevin Corrigan ...Altar Boy
Peggy Alston ...Mrs. Kintry
John Durkin ...Elderly Jesuit (as Father John Durkin, S. J.)
Bobby Deren ...Nurse Bierce
Jan Neuberger ...Alice

» [more cast members]

Carter DeHaven
Steve Jaffe
James G. Robinson
Joe Roth

William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty

Barry De Vorzon

More Movie Taglines:
  • Do you dare walk these steps again?
  • Dare you walk these steps again?
  • The horror is Legion.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Dt. Kinderman: My wife's mother is visiting, Father. And Tuesday night, she's cooking us a carp. It's a tasty fish, I've got nothing against it. But, because it's supposedly filled with impurities, she buys it live and for three days, it's been swimming... up and down... in my bathtub. Up and down... and I hate it. I can't stand the sight of it, moving its gills. Now, you're standing very close to me, Father; have you noticed? Yes. I haven't had a bath for three days. I can't go home until the carp is asleep because if I see it, swimming... I'll kill it.
  • Kanavan: Try and make a good confession, and remember, Christ forgives all our sins. Penitent: Only little things. Nothing. Seventeen of them, Father. The first was that waitress in Candlestick Park. I cut her throat and watched her bleed. She bled a great deal. It's a problem I'm working on, Father. All this bleeding.
  • Mrs. Clelia: My radio. Aren't you going to fix it? Nothing ever gets fixed round here. Just a whole bunch of pies and anchovies. Go away. I don't ever talk to strangers. Dt. Kinderman: I'm the radio repairman, Mrs Clelia. Mrs. Clelia: Well then, fix it. Dt. Kinderman: What's wrong with it? Mrs. Clelia: Dead people talking. It's right here. Do you see it? Dt. Kinderman: Yes. I see it. Mrs. Clelia: I just knew you weren't really a radio repairman. That's a telephone I'm holding.
  • Patient X: I still hear from her occasionally, screaming. I think the dead should shut up, unless there's something to say.
  • Patient X: I have dreams... of a rose, and then of falling down a long flight of steps.
Movie Trivia:
  • Asked how he is able to get in and out of jail without being seen, The Gemini Killer (Brad Dourif) replies: "It's child's play." The camera cuts to a young, red-headed boy who looks a lot like the Chucky doll. Dourif provides the voice of Chucky in Child's Play (1988) and its sequels.
  • The story was inspired by the murders of the real-life serial killer, "The Zodiac."
  • The University President claims that his favorite movie is The Fly (1986). Lee Richardson, the actor who plays him, starred in The Fly II (1989).
  • William Peter Blatty wanted the film to be titled simply "Legion", just like his novel of the same name. Even though Blatty opposed, the title was changed to "The Exorcist III."
  • In the initial stages of the film, William Peter Blatty didn't made this film as a direct sequel of The Exorcist (1973). Jason Miller was also not cast. In fact, scenes of Father Karras' death were shot using Brad Dourif. One scene in particular had George C. Scott examining Dourif' (Karras') body on an operating table after the priest's death. Jason Miller was cast because James G. Robinson decided that, after showing the film to test audiences, a member of the original cast of The Exorcist (1973) should appear in the film. When this decision was made, William Peter Blatty was forced to rewrote parts of the script, particularly those involving the Gemini Killer. The result is the schizophrenic conflict between the Gemini Killer and Father Karras (Dourif and Miller respectively) that exists in the film.
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