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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

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Release Date
• USA: May 20, 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Oct 25, 2005

Budget USD 30,000,000
BoxOffice: $0.2M

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong violence and disturbing images.

Running Time
1 hour, 57 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Morgan Creek International

Studio Warner Bros.

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Other Titles
• Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
• Paul Schrader's Exorcist: The Original Prequel (USA complete (2005)
• Exorcist: The Original Prequel (USA pre-release title) (2005)
• Paul Schrader's Exorcist: The Beginning (USA pre-release title) (2005)

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Genre: Horror

Plot: Hollywood is littered with stories of aborted attempts at moviemaking, with many directors finding themselves unceremoniously ousted from a project when a studio gets cold feet and rejects their work. Writer-director Paul Schrader (AUTO FOCUS) found himself in this position when he completed filming on a prequel to 1973's THE EXORCIST in 2004. With Renny Harlin replacing Schrader in the director's chair, then reshooting the movie in its entirety, it seemed Schrader's vision would be forever shelved alongside countless other terminated projects. However, 2005 saw a remarkable turn of events, as Warner Bros allowed Schrader's version of the film to be released under the name DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST.

Like Harlin's film, Stellan Skarsgard plays a young Father Lankester Merrin. Traveling to East Africa, Merrin hopes to forget the horrific events of World War II, and repair his tattered beliefs, which have significantly lapsed following the gruesome battles he unfortunately witnessed. Once there, the dejected priest runs into a team of archaeologists, who are unearthing a buried church which appears to have been concealed under the African landscape for several centuries. As Merrin helps the team with their discoveries, some brutal and bloody events break out, leading to

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 External Reviews
external linkAlthough this is better than Harlin's version, it still has many problems. If 6/10

external link...was a visually stunning, in depth, well paced and thought provoking (for me anyway) picture that made up for the debacle that was Renny Harlin’s corny take on it. Granted the film would’ve benefited from more Merrin/Rachel time and heavier emphasis onits horror opportunities but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of it. I mostly dug it for what it was. 3/4
--'The Arrow' (Arrow)

 Directed by
Paul Schrader
Affliction, Auto Focus, Cat People
 Written by
William Peter Blatty
The Exorcist, Exorcist: The Beginning, Exorcist II: The Heretic
William Wisher Jr.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The 13th Warrior, Exorcist: The Beginning
Gabriel Mann
The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Life of David Gale
Clara Bellar
Randonneurs, Les, Rendezvous in Paris, The Pharmacist
Ralph Brown
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Alien 3, Amistad
Israel Aduramo
Exorcist: The Beginning, Dirty Pretty Things, Prime Suspect 6
Andrew French
Exorcist: The Beginning, EastEnders: Slaters in Detention
Antonie Kamerling
Mindhunters, Exorcist: The Beginning, I Love You Too
 Music By
Angelo Badalamenti
Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, The Straight Story
Trevor Rabin
Armageddon, Snakes on a Plane, Gone in Sixty Seconds

external linkI was blown away by this film, it's brilliantly written and directed and acted. It works on all levels, while entertaining you at the same time. It succeeds in creeping you out, Paul Schrader is a master storyteller and Dominion proves it. 4/5
--Hyde ( is not the official site for this film.
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