• Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: October 25th, 2005

R |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

Haunted by terrible acts the Nazis forced him to participate in, the disenchanted Father Lankester Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) focuses his energies on helping with an archaeological dig in the northern part of Kenya. There, the crew uncovers a church that predates Christian missions into the area, but the discovery also causes strange events to start occurring -- including physical changes to a young, disabled boy (Billy Crawford), whom Merrin grows to suspect has been possessed by a demon.

Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Gabriel Mann, Clara Bellar, Ralph Brown, Andrew French, Julian Wadham, Eddie Osei, Billy Crawford

Director: Paul Schrader

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Warner Bros., Morgan Creek Productions

Keywords: Suspenseful, 1950s, Fall, Temptation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Instead of cheap thrills, Schrader gives us a frightening vision of a good priest who fears goodness may not be enough. show more

  • 40
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Awfully dull, with scant evidence of the sort of things that make horror movies attractive -- like mounting suspense and spine-tingling creepiness and, oh yeah, the element of horror. show more

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    The material is right up Schrader's alley, and while his vision of the first "Exorcist" chapter isn't a masterpiece, it's far superior to the Renny Harlin prequel to "The Exorcist" released last year. show more

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