Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist (2005)
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After one of his men is murdered with a kitchen knife in his back, a Nazi officer gathers all the citizens in the small Holland town and orders ten of them to be shot. And he demands that the town's priest, Father Merrin, choose which ten. British East Africa, 1947. It's three years later. Father Merrin has lost his faith, and his standing in the church is undecided. Merrin has now developed an interest in archeology. He is working now on his sixth archeological dig, and this one is by far the most fascinating. He's supervising the uncovering of a church that dates from the fifth century in an area where there should be no Christian church that old. A woman doctor, a zealous young missionary, an overzealous British major and Merrin soon find themselves caught in a battle between good and evil, as the dig supernaturally causes a crippled adolescent, shunned by the local tribe, to become possessed by a demon.
Also Known As:
Exorcist: The Original Prequel
Paul Schrader's Exorcist: The Beginning
Paul Schrader's Exorcist: The Original Prequel
Title: Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist
Release Date: May 20, 2005
Runtime: 117 mins
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 5.5
Buried.com Rating: 6.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for strong violence and disturbing images.
Stellan Skarsgard ...Father Lankester Merrin
Gabriel Mann ...Father Francis
Clara Bellar ...Rachel Lesno
Billy Crawford ...Cheche
Ralph Brown ...Sergeant Major
Israel Aduramo ...Jomo
Andrew French ...Chuma
Antonie Kamerling ...Kessel
Julian Wadham ...Major Granville
Eddie Osei ...Emekwi
Ilario Bisi Pedro ...Sebituana
Niall Refoy ...Corporal (Thief)
Lorenzo Camporese ...Private (Thief)
Burt Caesar ...Dr. Lamu
Marcello Santoni ...Dutch Farmer
Griet van Damme ...Teenage Dutch Girl
Simon McLinden ...Corporal
Pet Chege ...Sebituana's Wife
Hamadi Mwapachu ...Convulsive Worker
Evelyn Duah ...Mara
Rick Warden ...Corporal Williams
Michele Mariotti ...German Sergeant
Ben Meyjes ...Soldier #2
Oliver Maltman ...Soldier #3
Omari Carter ...James
Adrian Black ...Joseph
Nick Komornicki ...Gun-Firing Soldier
David C. Robinson
James G. Robinson
William Peter Blatty
William Wisher Jr.
Dog Fashion Disco
"Back to Me"
- Cheche: Don't ever touch me with that again, priest!
Cheche: You're a passionate man, Merrin. Full of hunger.
Cheche: You're a weak vessel.
Cheche: I will destroy you!
Cheche: I will kill you both!
- John Frankenheimer voluntarily stepped down from directing the Exorcist prequel (then referred to as "Exorcist: Dominion") one month before his death in July 2002. Paul Schrader took on this project later in 2002.
Stellan Skarsgård is playing a younger version of Max von Sydow's character from The Exorcist (1973). Skarsgård is nearly a decade older than von Sydow was during the filming of the original movie.
Liam Neeson was initially cast as Father Merrin.
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.
Paul Schrader was originally hired as director of Exorcist: The Beginning (2004), but Morgan Creek ultimately rejected his "psychological thriller" approach, saying it was "commercially unmarketable". The decision was made to extensively rewrite and re-shoot the script, re-cast several roles, add new characters and give the director's chair to Renny Harlin. Schrader's version was originally supposed to be released direct to video, as a bonus feature on the DVD release of Harlin's version. However, in the wake of Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)'s box office failure, Morgan Creek abandoned this idea, allowing Schrader to present his version at several film festivals, as well as giving it a small scale theatrical release in several countries under a new title (Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist). Schrader's version also received support from William Peter Blatty, who said to The Houston Chronicle that Schrader's version is "a handsome, classy, elegant piece of work."
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