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Dominion - Prequel to the Exorcist
In 2003, respected filmmaker and screenwriter Paul Schrader was hired to direct a prequel to the 1973 box-office smash The Exorcist. However, when Schrader turned in his film to executives at Morgan Creek Productions, the producers felt the film was not marketable, and they opted to remake the picture with director Renny Harlin, who brought a more visually aggressive approach to the story than Schrader's more contemplative vision. In 2004, Harlin's film, Exorcist: The Beginning, was released to middling critical and financial response, while the following year, Schrader's version… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Schrader's intelligent, quietly subversive pic emphasizes spiritual agony over horror ecstasy, while paying occasional lip-service to the need for scares."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Exorcism aside, Dominion is well-acted, handsomely photographed and hauntingly scored."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"I can't call it a success, but it is certainly an outstanding failure, an attempt to broaden the horizons of a stale genre with real discussion of the matters that consume its maker."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Neither a masterpiece nor a failure, it will probably appeal mostly to those with knowledge of its death and miraculous resurrection."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Apparently, Schrader never intended to make a horror movie, much to the dismay of the studio."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The frights, the scares, they just weren't there."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The Schrader variation is awfully dull, with scant evidence of the sort of things that make horror movies attractive -- like mounting suspense and spine-tingling creepiness and, oh yeah, the element of horror."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"It's true "Dominion" is a better prequel than "The Beginning", but in the end, that's not really saying much in either case."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"After 32 years, two sequels, and two prequels, The Exorcist remains an impossible act to follow."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"tiresome and humdrum instead of thrilling"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"It's a good, thoughtful horror picture -- and thiiis close to being a very good one."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"To be fair, Schrader's version fails in ways that Harlin's dumbed-down version didn't."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"I like both versions of Exorcist IV about the same... It's too bad that a clever editor couldn't have taken the best bits from both films and put them together into a co-directed, successful whole."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
""Dominion" isn't outright horror, and a welcome relief from the days where shots are shorter than the hairs on our heads."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"An ambitious failure."
‑ Jeff Otto, IGN Movies
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