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Dominion (2005)

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (original title)
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Years before Father Lankester 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.

Director:

Paul Schrader
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... Father Lankester Merrin
Gabriel Mann ... Father Francis
Clara Bellar Clara Bellar ... Rachel Lesno
Billy Crawford ... Cheche
Ralph Brown ... Sergeant Major
Israel Oyelumade ... Jomo (as Israel Aduramo)
Andrew French Andrew French ... Chuma
Antonie Kamerling ... Kessel
Julian Wadham ... Major Granville
Eddie Osei Eddie Osei ... Emekwi
Ilario Bisi-Pedro Ilario Bisi-Pedro ... Sebituana
Niall Refoy Niall Refoy ... Corporal (Thief)
Lorenzo Camporese Lorenzo Camporese ... Private (Thief)
Burt Caesar Burt Caesar ... Dr. Lamu
Marcello Santoni Marcello Santoni ... Dutch Farmer
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Before the Legend You Know, is the Story of How Evil Began.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Most of this movie was filmed before The Exorcist movie The Beginning was released, but the rest of it was filmed afterwords. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

Connections

Featured in Hagan Reviews: Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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
Michael Oliver, Jeff Siegel p/k/a/ Dog Fashion Disco
Courtesy of Artemis Records
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Good to finally see, but ultimately disappointing
26 February 2006 | by stepstonefilmsSee all my reviews

I had wanted to see this film for ages, even before seeing the terrible Renny Harlin version. Renny Harlin!? What the hell were they thinking? I missed it on its limited cinema release, but eventually saw it on DVD, and as much as I want to say that I enjoyed it, I can't. I can honestly see now why they weren't happy with the final product, but to completely re-shoot it, and to hire a director like Renny Harlin, is just madness.

The main problem I had with the film was the complete lack of atmosphere, and that should be the main thing with an Exorcist film. There was no feeling of fear or any creepiness in the film at all. It was all very bland.

It's good to be able to compare the two films. Harlin's version is a Hollywood dumbed-down horror action film, while Schrader's film is a slower-paced, thinking person's version, but unfortunately lacking in any real horror moments.

I really was hoping I would have enjoyed the film, but I have to be totally honest and give my true opinion Overall I would rate the film 6 out of 10, maybe even 5 out of 10. The Harlin version would be less than that.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Italy | Morocco

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Exorcist: The Original Prequel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$140,703, 22 May 2005

Gross USA:

$251,495

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$251,495
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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