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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

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



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Rated R for strong violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Dominion  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$138,311 (USA) (20 May 2005)


$236,901 (USA) (27 May 2005)

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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. See more »


The uniforms worn by the British major and the other Imperial troops are from the wrong period. They are uniforms that were worn up until the Second World War, and NOT after, as shown in the movie. See more »


[first lines]
Kessel: I am Obersturmfuhrer Ralph Kessel from the S.S., and this is one of my men. We found him in a ditch with a kitchen knife in his back, murdered by one of you. You see the German army retreating, and it makes you feel hope. It should not. So, who is responsible for this?
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At the extreme end of the end credits, after the last production company logo has faded out and the screen is entirely black, a demon voice grumbles "I am perfection". See more »


References The Searchers (1956) See more »


Stardust Room
Produced by Mitchel J. Greenspan
Composed by Nic. tenBroek
Published by Ocean Life Music, (BMI)
Music Consultant Richard DeMatteo
Lyrics & Vocals by Devon Loizeaux
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Ignore "Should have gone straight to video" review
28 August 2005 | by (Ithaca, NY) – See all my reviews

Another reviewer claims this film was just "Exorcist: The Beginning" with some "extra footage" added. Anyone who has been following the history of the production of this film know this is not the case.

This is the film that Paul Schrader shot and edited. The studio was unhappy with the results, fired him, and brought in Reny "Die Hard" Harlan to re-film it. The resulting Harlan film tanked at the box office, so Schrader was given permission to fully finish and release "Dominion" as a separate film.

If anything, this is a chance for film fans to see the "Exorcist" prequel they had been promised before the studio big-wigs stepped in and brought in a hack director to "bloody it up".

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