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Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

Years before Father Lancaster Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.

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Archeologist Lankester Merrin is asked to go to East Africa to excavate a church that has been found completely buried in sand. Merrin is also an ordained Roman Catholic priest who, still haunted by what he was forced to do during World War II in his native Holland, eschews any religion or belief. He's fascinated by what he finds and that it dates hundred of years before Christianity was introduced to the area. Accompanied by a young priest, Father Francis, to keep an eye on the religious elements of what they find, Merrin makes his way to the camp. There he meets a young doctor, Sarah and soon realizes there is an air of gloom that envelops the entire site. Workmen go mad and a young boy is mauled by a pack of hyenas while completely ignoring his younger brother Joseph. Inside the church itself they find signs of desecration. Merrin is forced to re-examine his lack of faith and come face to face with the devil. Written by garykmcd

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A Renny Harlin movie. The director of Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea and Die Hard 2 See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language including some sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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20 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Exorcist IV: The Beginning  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,054,001 (USA) (20 August 2004)

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$41,814,863 (USA) (5 November 2004)
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Just at the start of the re shoot, Renny Harlin was involved in an accident and broke his leg. He had that leg supported by metal support and a cast. See more »

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When the Byzantine Knight/Priest crosses himself while standing among all of the bodies (in one of the early scenes) he does so in the Roman Catholic fashion (left to right). Any Byzantine of that era would adhere to the Eastern Orthodox variant (right to left). See more »

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Father Merrin: It's Father Merrin.
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The Beginning over Dominion? Definitely
26 May 2006 | by (Little Rock, Arkansas USA) – See all my reviews

First, let me say that I didn't know Dominion existed until I discovered it going through the program guide. I started watching and man was I confused! I though that there was ANOTHER prequel that I didn't know about, until I continued to watch. Dominion seemed to me like a movie made out of pieces of film on the floor of the editing room. Clara Bellar's acting was awful in my opinion. I was completely distracted by her performance as well as several others.

While not a true horror movie, I really enjoyed The Beginning. I've watched it many times and found it very suspenseful. It kept my attention. I enjoyed the actors and the story. I've watched it over ten times and the scenes where Father M had to choose those to die? Chilling. Who wouldn't lose faith? The boy being torn apart? There were some good scenes.

Peace


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