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Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

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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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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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Exorcist IV: The Beginning  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$976,952 (France) (19 November 2004)

Gross:

$2,689,909 (Brazil) (10 December 2004)
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Ryan Phillippe and Kerr Smith were both considered for the role of Father William Francis. See more »

Goofs

Sarah's hypodermic needle is a lot longer before she injects the boy than it is after she pulls it out. (A trick needle slides back into the chamber of the syringe, instead of into the patient's arm. If it doesn't work properly, then the needle will be shorter after the injection than before.) See more »

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Father Francis: This is the spot where Lucifer fell.
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Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Curse of the Exorcist (2004) See more »

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Way ahead of my expectations
2 January 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

In this prequel to the classic horror 'The Exorcist' we meet Father Merrin during a phase of his life where he has lost his faith. Stellan Skarsgard plays this role excellently and is easy to relate to the character we know from the original film, when he joins a British excavation in Kenya where a Christian church has been unearthed. Beneath the church lies the dormant horror that Father Merrin seems destined to meet.

The direction is stylish, the cast are very strong, especially Skarguard, D'Arcy and Scorupco; and the film delivers background story and horror far more convincingly than i ever believed it would.

7/10


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