Years before Father Lankester 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.
A police Lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.
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
After Merrin has opened the lid of the crypt inside the church, and he lights the crypt, the face of the demon can be seen for just a few frames on the inside of the lid. A same technique of blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearances of the demon's face was used in The Exorcist (1973). See more »
When the tribes-people are performing their primitive ritualistic exorcism on Joseph in the infirmary and the demonic presence begins snapping the tribesmen's bones, one of the tribesmen sustains a compound fracture to his shin bone. The tribesman is in agony like the other men in his tribe with broken bones, yet they all "run" quickly out of the infirmary. Even if man with the snapped shin could somehow endure the pain to be able to move, he could not walk, much less run with a completely snapped shin bone. The tribesman would have fallen to the floor and one or more people would have had to lift or drag him out of the infirmary. That didn't happen in this scene. All the tribesmen are seen scurrying out of the infirmary to escape from the unseen presence that had just badly injured all of them. See more »
It is a pity this movie is so underrated, but I think the main reason for that is the fact that people judge the movie before seeing it, so they won't watch it objectively. Another reason perhaps is the adventurous style of the film, but it is acceptable because father Merrin is younger than in the original film. The best actor to portray a young father Merrin is certainly the wonderful Stellan Skarsgård, what a stylish performance, this superb actor gives such a perfect image of how the main character would have been at the moment in his life when he lost his faith. The two other most important roles by Izabella Scorupco and James D'Arcy are excellent, the best supporting role is performed by Alan Ford. The madness and the confusion in the final battle between the Turkana and the Brithish are convincingly brought to screen. As for the crew members, I was very impressed by Trevor Rabin his soundtrack, the production design of Stefano Maria Ortolani and the magnificent cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Conclusion: if you watch this film objectively than you will probably enjoy it. All though sometimes over the top, Renny Harlin has made a good prequel to the original one, with some very memorable scenes.
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