Exorcist: The Beginning

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Released 2004

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Director:
Renny Harlin
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Exorcist: The Beginning is a 2004 American horror film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Stellan Skarsgard, Izabella Scorupco, and James D'Arcy. The film tells the story of Father Merrin (Skarsgard), played by Max von Sydow in the three previous Exorcist films. As a prequel, the story concerns the young Merrin in his missionary work in Africa. Haunted by the acts he was forced to commit during World War II in his native Holland, Merrin has given up on his faith. In Africa, however, Merrin discovers the remnants of an ancient religion. In his quest for further knowledge about the mysterious religion, he discovers that the camp in which he is staying is in turmoil, as local boy has been behaving strangely. Merrin discovers that the boy is possessed by a demon, and the camp looks to Merrin to cure him. Plagued by problems throughout the film's production, Exoricst: The Beginning was very poorly received by critics and did not fare well at the box office.moreless

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  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    A perfectly mediocre horror film. There is some hoot-inducing dialogue and cheesy effects, but the film's workmanlike narrative marches gamely forward, managing a handful of respec...

  • 40

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Earns points simply for not being bad enough to leave a stain on the screen. Unfortunately, this annoyingly disjointed shocker stumbles badly after promising early scenes, and quic...

  • 30

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The risible dialogue, the bulging eyeballs, the heaving bosoms, the digitally rendered hyenas and squirming maggots, the movie fails to achieve the status of the instant camp class...

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    Drama, Horror, Suspense

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    Supernatural, Satanic