Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist

Go back before the beginning, to the place where evil was born.

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Podcast Release Date:
Sep 30, 2011

Exorcist Series Episode 4

After audiences were possessed by The Exorcist rerelease in 2000 Warner Bros was compelled to return to the well and try to revive the Exorcist franchise. In a bit of cinema history, they hired director Paul Schrader to direct Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, but once completed they shelved the film and hired Renny Harlin to make a new film based on the same script! Due to lawsuits, Schrader’s version was eventually completed and also released, giving audiences two views of the same basic film. On this episode of Now Playing, Arnie, Stuart, and Brock look at Schrader’s original take on Father Merrin’s early battle with the demons. Was this film deserving of its fate, or should it never have been released? If you donate to Now Playing, you can listen and find out!

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Movie Details

Series
The Exorcist
Original Title
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Title
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Director
Paul Schrader
Author
Producer
James G. Robinson
Writer
William Wisher Jr., Caleb Carr
Actors
Stellan Skarsgård, Gabriel Mann, Clara Bellar, Billy Crawford, Ralph Brown, Israel Aduramo, Andrew French, Antonie Kamerling, Julian Wadham, Eddie Osei, Ilario Bisi-Pedro, Niall Refoy, Lorenzo Camporese, Burt Caesar, Marcello Santoni, Griet van Damme, Simon McLinden, Pet Chege, Hamadi Mwapachu, Evelyn Duah, Rick Warden, Michele Mariotti, Ben Meyjes, Oliver Maltman, Omari Carter, Nick Komornicki, Mary Beth Hurt, Adrian Black
Runtime
1 h 57 min
Release Date
20 May 2005
Genres
Horror, Thriller
Overview
Haunted by terrible acts the Nazis forced him to participate in, the disenchanted Father Lankester Merrin 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, whom Merrin grows to suspect has been possessed by a demon.

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