For everyone who knew there was a great movie just beneath the surface in Exorcist III this edit is probably as close we’ll ever get to Blatty’s original vision.
The opening works perfectly.
The tightened scenes throughout are justified.
The Father Morning/Exorcism scenes are not missed.
The new ending is more than satisfying.
The dialogue changes/reconstructions work well. Fans who know this movie inside out may find them slightly jarring on first viewing but I’m sure this will fade with more viewings.
The extra scare shot during the murder of Father Kanavan is worth the download alone.
All in all, one of the most satisfying, worthwhile and competent edits I’ve found on this site. As much as I enjoy the original I can’t see myself watching it anymore, Spicediver’s edit is indispensable.
This outstanding edit brings to life the film that should of been. This edit removes all unnecessary scenes and as a result the film flows better and actually now makes much more sense.
Added footage involving the priest in the church put a massive smile on my face and gave the scene the extra shock it needed. The added footage where Kinderman first meets Gemini/Karras makes that scene finally work.
The only added footage I wasn’t 100% convinced by is the scene at the end where the Gemini says “I have dreams of a rose…” and it fades in & out of some dream footage. For me it had the effect of making the scene feel like 2 separate scenes. But William Pete Blatty was also very keen on this type of editing, so it is actually in keeping of the style of the movie.
All the removal of Exorcist/possession subplots did nothing but enchance the film and how Spicediver handled the Nurse Possession at the end which simple and brilliant.
Finally and most importantly, the ending. Having seen some previous attempts to correct the ending on youtube I was quite apprehensive. Those cursed bug eyes seem to be a problem no-one could solve. Well… Spicediver has succeeded where everybody else has failed! The ending not only works it is also haunting in a way I think Mark Kermode described when he saw the original Legion.
The big bonus for me is that this film from start to fininsh actually felt different from the Exorcist III. I can’t explain why but Spicediver’s version has a different air to it and as as result it’s like watching a whole new movie. Instead of watching the same movies with corrections, like most edits are.
As an Exorcist fan Spicediver’s edit of The Exorcist is in all likelyhood the closet I’m ever going to get to seeing Legion. Whether it will appeal to anyone outside the Exorcist or Horror community I don’t know, but this is a fine piece of work that should be scene by all edit fans.