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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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Lankester Merrin is a archaeologist by profession but an ordained Roman Catholic priest who has lost his faith and abandoned his vocation. He is haunted by what he was forced to do in his native Holland during World War II. The church he's excavated in Northern Kenyan dates to the Byzantine period but this puts its construction hundreds of years before Christianity was introduced to the area. the church was buried to the rooftop in sand and as its structure is exposed, a madness slowly descends on the camp. the local tribesmen are prepared to go to war and demand that the church be buried. Soon, two British soldiers are found dead and their commanding officer, Major Granville, shoots a innocent civilian in cold blood. As fear descends upon everyone in the camp, it becomes apparent that a young disabled boy, Cheche, is possessed by the devil forcing Merrin to re-examine his own beliefs. Written by garykmcd

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

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$236,901 (USA) (27 May 2005)
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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." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Follows The Exorcist III (1990) See more »

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Back to Me
Performed by Devon Loizeaux
Lyrics by Devon Loizeaux
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The movie moved me
23 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to be in Brussels at BIFFF to witness the rebirth of Schrader's Exorcist.The theatre has 900 seats but it held a 1,000 that night,sold out standing room only.The audience feel into rapt amazement from the get go,the picture challenged and evoked each viewer until the very end when the place erupted in an electrically charged cheer as the high priest of darkness in Paul Schrader rose from his seat with a cheshire cat smile looking years younger than 2 hours before.Afterwards the press from all over europe converged on Paul,actors and crew for 2 hours of searing and insightful questions,the mood was light and Schrader delivered what we all wanted to hear,"That the film is alive and he was glad for that".He held no grudge against Morgan Creek for holding back the film a couple years.See this movie.


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