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Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) (Exorcist Prequel)

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Stellan Skarsgård Stellan Skarsgård
Father Merrin
James D James D'Arcy
Father Francis
Remy Sweeney Remy Sweeney
Joseph
Julian Wadham Julian Wadham
Major Granville
Ralph Brown Ralph Brown
Sergeant Major
Ben Cross Ben Cross
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Written by (View all)
William Peter Blatty William Peter Blatty
(movie The Exorcist)
William Wisher Jr. William Wisher Jr.
(story) and


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Just Bad Film...

6 years, 2 months ago at Sep 23 15:25

What a waste of a film it is. Neither it has any gripping story nor the scary moments one can look for in a film like this. I feel sorry for Stellan Skarsgard, he is good as usual in this otherwise inconsequential prequel. It's high time the makers understand that adding an interesting premise and some subtle subplot can not substitute for a good story. Avoid it if you can.

An average movie

1 year, 5 months ago at Jun 25 7:26
I didn't expect much from this flick but since Renny Harlin's movies have always been a guilty pleasure of mine, I still wanted to check it out. First of all, you have to keep in mind the convoluted production for this movie. Indeed, at first, Paul Schrader was supposed to direct it but then, when he was done, the studio didn't like his version so they hired Harlin to re-shot 90% of the whole thin... read more
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The battle between Satan and Father begins in this prequel to the horror classic 'The Exorcist.' The story is Merrin's first encounter with Devil during his missionary work in Africa.
Release date: 20 August 2004
UPC: 085392467327
Tags: Horror (11), Thriller (8), 2004 (5), Religion (4), 2000s (3), Exorcism (2), Drama (2), (2), Supernatural (2), Possession (2), Prequel (2), Demon (2), Terror (1), # Eng (1), Series 4th (1), Box Office Flop (1), Mystery (1), Exorcist Series (1), Priest (1)
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" The studio approved different alternate version of Father Merrin's first exorcism is a more traditional horror story that even include an obligatory shower sequence by Izabella Scorupco, but this version goes too far and over-the-top even if there are elements in this film that are also superior to the first attempt. What doesn't work is Alan Ford playing a drunken, horny bastard. Characters lacks much more depth in this film and gory scenes taken from the original cut makes less sense for the"


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johanlefourbe posted a review 1 year, 5 months ago

An average movie

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