Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  20 May 2005 (USA)
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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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Release Date:

20 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dominion  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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


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

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Did You Know?


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. See more »


The Waffen-SS officer at the beginning of the movie has no rank or SS Rune collar tabs on his tunic, and he's wearing a Private's greatcoat with privates shoulder straps. 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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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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Satan's March
by Todd Smith, Jason Stepp, Michael Oliver, Jeff Siegel p/k/a Dog Fashion Disco
Published by Hug the Retard, LLC
Performed by Todd Smith, Jasan Stepp
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Courtesy of Artemis Records
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This movie is fantastic.
21 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you go into this film thinking you are going to see twirling heads and pea-soup you are going to be disappointed. If you go into this film with an open mind you will be pleasantly surprised by the depth, sophistication, spiritual drama, and sheer craft involved. There is meat to this picture. I think the artists involved rightly avoided trying to best or even mimic the original and instead focused on dread-- a creeping sort of existential dread-- instead of cheap, quick scares. You don't jump in your seat with fear, but you walk out of the theater feeling unnerved and it stays with you. Unlike most of the American popcorn horror flicks being made today, this film lingers in your head long after.

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