Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: May 20, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While director Schrader's attempt at a literate, internal exposition on evil temptations and human sin is admirable, this prequel suffers from hit-and-miss psychological tension, poor visual effects, and weak writing -- an overambitious failure of a horror movie.

Leslie Felperin

Schrader's intelligent, quietly subversive pic emphasizes spiritual agony over horror ecstasy, while paying occasional lip-service to the need for scares.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Exorcism aside, Dominion is well-acted, handsomely photographed and hauntingly scored.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The frights, the scares, they just weren't there.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's true "Dominion" is a better prequel than "The Beginning", but in the end, that's not really saying much in either case.

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David Edelstein

It's a good, thoughtful horror picture -- and thiiis close to being a very good one.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

To be fair, Schrader's version fails in ways that Harlin's dumbed-down version didn't.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 25% Flixster User Reviews
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Lee ?
Prior to watching this I'd heard from numerous people that 'Dominion' was a vast improvement on 'The Beginning'... they were wrong. I… More
Cassandra Maples
Dominion is a genuinely interesting and ambitious film that doesn't quite make it despite being superior to Harlin's enjoyably unambitious schlocky… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Dominion", Father Lankester Merrin(Stellan Skarsgard) is on sabbatical from the priesthood following a horrific incident… More
Khris N
A classy, stylish film is what creator William Blatty said about Dominion... and it was. Welcome to East Africa, where fallen priest Lankester Merrin is… More
Cameron Johnson
It follows most of the same plot beats as "Exorcist: The Beginning", stars Stellan Skarsgård as Father Lankester Merrin, has the same writers and even… More

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