Dominion-Prequel To the Exorcist

Directed By: Paul Schrader Starring: Stellan Skarsgaard

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on 12/3/2012

I have rated this movie average, but I really was expecting more. I now see why they shelved this movie in favor of Exorcist: The Beginning. It just doesn't quite feel like a movie that belongs in the Exorcist series. As a stand-alone movie it is average, but as an exorcist movie it doesn't live up to the series. Just having the character of Father Merrin performing an exorcism doesn't make it good enough. The way it was shot doesn't live up to its predecessors. Buy it if you want.

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The original prequel to the exorcist.


Studio Warner
SKU 40723739
UPC 012569736061
UPC 14 00012569736061
Format DVD
Release Date 5/2/2006
Rating Rating
Horror Classic
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 his first encounter with the powerful demon who would return to haunt him in the original EXORCIST movie. While the plot is essentially the same as Harlin's film, Schrader's movie eschews Grand Guignol-esque gore, choosing to build up a dark, creepy atmosphere instead. Fans looking for gross-out delights will find themselves better-served by Harlin's version of events, but for anyone looking for a subtle counterpoint to the brutal butchery and violent profanity of the other films in the series, look no further than DOMINION.
Sight and Sound "This is as much a meditation on the nature of evil as a conventional horror picture. It is anchored by Stellan Skarsgard's performance..." 01/01/2006 p.88
Paul Schrader
Stellan Skarsgaard
Cast & Crew
Gabriel Mann - Star
Ralph Brown - Star
Clara Bellar - Star
Stellan Skarsgaard - Star
James G. Robinson - Producer
Paul Schrader - Screenwriter
Angelo Badalamenti - Composer
Vittorio Storaro - Director of Photography
Guy McElwaine - Executive Producer
Trevor Rabin - Composer
Caleb Carr - Screenwriter
Paul Schrader - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 73606
UPC 00012569736061
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 116 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Skarsgard,Stellan
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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