Exorcist: The Beginning

Go back to where the horror began.

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Podcast Release Date:
Oct 07, 2011

Exorcist Series Episode 5

When Warner Bros saw Paul Schrader’s Exorcist prequel Dominion (which we reviewed last week) they promptly shelved it and started over. They kept the setting, the actors, and many of the story beats, but brought in a new director–Renny Harlin. This was the prequel Warner Bros wanted and that they released into theaters, but was it the stronger of the two movies? If you donate to Now Playing, you can listen and find out!

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Movie Details

The Exorcist
Original Title
Exorcist: The Beginning
Exorcist: The Beginning
Renny Harlin
James G. Robinson
Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy, Julian Wadham, Remy Sweeney, Andrew French, Antonie Kamerling, Ben Cross, Alan Ford, Ralph Brown, David Bradley, Eddie Osei, Israel Aduramo, Patrick O'Kane, James Bellamy, Cecilia Amati, Matti Ristinen, Lydia Darly, James Paparella, Silvio Jimenez Hernandez, Yemi Goodman Ajibade, Michel Leroy, John Sesay, Sayoh Lahai, Alessandro Casula, Robert Davide
1 h 54 min
Release Date
20 August 2004
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Having lived through traumatizing events during WWII, Father Lankester Merrin takes a sabbatical from the Church to conduct archaeological excavations in British-administered East Africa. Merrin unearths an ancient Byzantine church believed have been built and then immediately buried to keep down evil from the crypt below. The natives are convinced that uncovering the church has unleashed a demon, and begin to violently clash with the British military troops. As the village rapidly disintegrates into chaos and war, Merrin must face-off with the demon which has taken possession of somebody close to him.

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