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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

Years before Father Lankester Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu leads to the rediscovery of his faith.

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Paul Schrader
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... Father Lankester Merrin
Gabriel Mann ... Father Francis
Clara Bellar Clara Bellar ... Rachel Lesno
Billy Crawford ... Cheche
Ralph Brown ... Sergeant Major
Israel Oyelumade ... Jomo (as Israel Aduramo)
Andrew French Andrew French ... Chuma
Antonie Kamerling ... Kessel
Julian Wadham ... Major Granville
Eddie Osei Eddie Osei ... Emekwi
Ilario Bisi-Pedro Ilario Bisi-Pedro ... Sebituana
Niall Refoy Niall Refoy ... Corporal (Thief)
Lorenzo Camporese Lorenzo Camporese ... Private (Thief)
Burt Caesar Burt Caesar ... Dr. Lamu
Marcello Santoni Marcello Santoni ... Dutch Farmer
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Storyline

Lankester Merrin is a archaeologist by profession but an ordained Roman Catholic priest who has lost his faith and abandoned his vocation. He is haunted by what he was forced to do in his native Holland during World War II. The church he's excavated in Northern Kenyan dates to the Byzantine period but this puts its construction hundreds of years before Christianity was introduced to the area. the church was buried to the rooftop in sand and as its structure is exposed, a madness slowly descends on the camp. the local tribesmen are prepared to go to war and demand that the church be buried. Soon, two British soldiers are found dead and their commanding officer, Major Granville, shoots a innocent civilian in cold blood. As fear descends upon everyone in the camp, it becomes apparent that a young disabled boy, Cheche, is possessed by the devil forcing Merrin to re-examine his own beliefs. Written by garykmcd

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Before the Legend You Know, is the Story of How Evil Began.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Exorcist: The Original Prequel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$140,703, 22 May 2005

Gross USA:

$251,495

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$251,495
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Kamen had originally been selected to compose the score. Schrader replaced him with Christopher Young shortly before the "exec screening" that had him replaced as director. For the final theatrical release, Angelo Badalamenti and Trevor Rabin are the credited composers. See more »

Goofs

The uniforms worn by the British major and the other Imperial troops are from the wrong period. They are uniforms that were worn up until the Second World War, and NOT after, as shown in the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kessel: I am Obersturmfuhrer Ralph Kessel from the S.S., and this is one of my men. We found him in a ditch with a kitchen knife in his back, murdered by one of you. You see the German army retreating, and it makes you feel hope. It should not. So, who is responsible for this?
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Crazy Credits

At the extreme end of the end credits, after the last production company logo has faded out and the screen is entirely black, a demon voice grumbles "I am perfection". See more »

Connections

Followed by The Exorcist (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Stardust Room
Produced by Mitchel J. Greenspan
Composed by Nic. tenBroek
Published by Ocean Life Music, (BMI)
Music Consultant Richard DeMatteo
Lyrics & Vocals by Devon Loizeaux
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User Reviews

 
Good to finally see, but ultimately disappointing
26 February 2006 | by stepstonefilmsSee all my reviews

I had wanted to see this film for ages, even before seeing the terrible Renny Harlin version. Renny Harlin!? What the hell were they thinking? I missed it on its limited cinema release, but eventually saw it on DVD, and as much as I want to say that I enjoyed it, I can't. I can honestly see now why they weren't happy with the final product, but to completely re-shoot it, and to hire a director like Renny Harlin, is just madness.

The main problem I had with the film was the complete lack of atmosphere, and that should be the main thing with an Exorcist film. There was no feeling of fear or any creepiness in the film at all. It was all very bland.

It's good to be able to compare the two films. Harlin's version is a Hollywood dumbed-down horror action film, while Schrader's film is a slower-paced, thinking person's version, but unfortunately lacking in any real horror moments.

I really was hoping I would have enjoyed the film, but I have to be totally honest and give my true opinion Overall I would rate the film 6 out of 10, maybe even 5 out of 10. The Harlin version would be less than that.


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