Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist

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Released 2005

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Director:
Paul Schrader
Released:
2005
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Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist is the 2005 prequel to The Exorcist made by Paul Schrader. Dominion follows Father Lankester Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) during his younger days. The film opens with Merrin working as a parish priest in a small Dutch town which is occupied by the Nazis. He is forced to chose ten members of his sect for execution by the Nazis. Emotionally-scarred and tired, Merrin decides to leave his congregation for a much-needed break. He travels to East Africa with a team of other missionaries including Father Francis (Gabriel Mann), Major Granville (Julian Wadham), and Rachel Lesno (Clara Bellar). As they embark on an archaeological assignment, they come across an ancient church from the 5th century. When a native boy begins displaying erratic behavior symbolic of Satanic possession, Merrin and his associates begin to question the sanctity of the church they dug up. Paul Schrader is famous for his collaboration with Martin Scorsese on films such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Be sure to check out Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist - it is sure to leave you shaking in your boots.

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Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Variety

    Result is hardly a diabolical failure, if not quite a heavenly masterpiece. Schrader's intelligent, quietly subversive pic emphasizes spiritual agony over horror ecstasy, while pay...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Instantly forgettable.

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    There's no escaping that "Dominion" is finally an act of commercial scavenging. You may retrieve the eggshells, coffee grounds and banana peels from your trash and assemble them in...

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Drama, Horror, Suspense

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Satanic, Thrillers, Supernatural, Cult