I do not know why this movie got such a bad reception with the critics, I think it`s pretty good. It’s certainly not better than the original, but it still manages to be pretty scary and obscure. And now, some information about the two movies with the exactly the same story: Paul Schrader was originally hired to direct this movie, but after its completion studio was not satisfied with his work so they hired Renny Harlin to try to make a better version. Did he succeed in this, it is up to you to decide. This is the Renny’s version of the movie and Paul’s came out one year later and the movie is called Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. Studios wanted a more visceral experience and somehow thought that the guy who directed Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and Deep Blue Sea (I’ll give him Exorcist: The Beginning [2004] Movie Review Recommendation Posterthat one) could flesh out Pazuzu better than Paul.

And now about the movie, as always with the lack of inspiration, they decided to make a prequel of the original Exorcist movie, so this one is set in 1947. Father Merrin is stationed in Africa where he will meet the abominable Pazuzu daemon. This will happen upon the discovery of an odd looking church, buried right after its completion. To tell you the truth, this version is somewhat bloodier than the prequel, but was the tradeoff between gore and fear worth it? Great special effects and the magnificent performance of Stellan Skarsgård (Liam Neeson supposed to be in this movie, but eventually he did not, and I am glad for that) and the whole devilish premise were enough for me, enjoy…

Director: Renny Harlin

Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D’Arcy, Remy Sweeney, Ben Cross

Fun Facts: The film was originally rated NC-17 “due to the film being too graphic and violent”. The offending scenes were edited and the result was the R-rating for “strong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language including some sexual dialogue”.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0204313/

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