Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist

Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist

Director: Paul Schrader Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Gabriel Mann, Clara Bellar

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Overview

In 2003, respected filmmaker and screenwriter Paul Schrader was hired to direct a prequel to the 1973 box-office smash The Exorcist. However, when Schrader turned in his film to executives at Morgan Creek Productions, the producers felt the film was not marketable, and they opted to remake the picture with director Renny Harlin, who brought a more visually aggressive approach to the story than Schrader's more contemplative vision. In 2004, Harlin's film, Exorcist: The Beginning, was released to middling critical and financial response, while the following year, Schrader's version went into limited release following film festival screenings. In Schrader's Exorcist: The Prequel, Father Lankester Merrin, the aging exorcist from the original story (played here by Stellan Skarsgård) is introduced in 1944, as he serves a flock in Holland during the Nazi occupation. After Nazi officers force Merrin to choose ten members of his congregation for immediate execution, Merrin is left an emotionally broken man, and he takes a leave of absence from his duties. Three years later, Merrin is taking part in an archeological project in East Africa, and he and his crew -- including priest Father Francis (Gabriel Mann), Major Granville (Julian Wadham), and Rachel Lesno (Clara Bellar) -- discover that a church from the fifth century has been buried in the desert. As Merrin and his associates discover that that a porthole to evil is located in the church, Cheche (Billy Crawford), a local boy Merrin has taken under his wing, begins showing signs of having fallen under the spell of Satanic forces.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2017
UPC: 0043396509627
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Sphe Solutions
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 36,290

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stellan Skarsgård Father Lankester Merrin
Gabriel Mann Father Francis
Clara Bellar Rachel Lesno
Ralph Brown Sergeant-Major
Israel Adurama Jomo
Andrew French Chuma
Antonie Kamerling Kessel
Julian Wadham Major Granville
Eddie Osei Emekwi
Ilario Bisi-Pedro Sebituana
Billy Crawford Cheche

Technical Credits
Paul Schrader Director
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Aaron Barsky Asst. Director
Danilo Bollettini Special Effects Supervisor
Caleb Carr Screenwriter
Pam Dixon Casting
Dog Fashion Disco Score Composer
John Graysmark Production Designer
Guy McElwaine Executive Producer
Wayne Morris Co-producer
Andy Nicholson Art Director
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Luke Reichle Costumes/Costume Designer
James G. Robinson Producer
David C. Robinson Executive Producer
Marco Scotti Costumes/Costume Designer
Art Shaeffer Co-producer
Tim Silano Editor
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer
Marco Trentini Art Director
Marco Tretini Art Director
Mathew Waters Sound/Sound Designer
William Wisher Screenwriter

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Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this movie is not quite as good as the original exorcist is far superior to any of the other sequels/ prequels. The reason the story is the same as exorcist the beginning is because the studio made this one, didn't like it as much and made the other one using the same actors and same storyline. That being said though they are not the same movie, where exorcist the beginning is a more straight forward horror story dominion is more psychological. It's more artsy, it plays more on the idea of good and evil with in man insead of completely devil did it. And while the stories of the two films are similar they are not the same, for one thing the endings are very different. The ending of exorcist the beginning was obviously tacted on to surprise the audience even if it did leave plot holes. The ending of this film however works, and makes sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When buying this I didn't know that this would be the same thing as "Exorcist: The Beginning". Like everything that happens in that movie happens in this one. I was disappointed that this movie didn't have a different story line because I love any Exoricist movie, but not really this one.