Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
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Father Lankester Merrin thinks that he has glimpsed the face of Evil. In the years following World War II, Merrin is relentlessly haunted by memories of the unspeakable brutality perpetrated against the innocent people of his parish during the War. In the wake of all the horror he has seen, both his faith in his fellow man and his faith in the Almighty have deserted him, and he can no longer honestly call himself a man of God. Merrin has traveled far from his native Holland in a desperate attempt to try to forget and escape all the evil that he had witnessed there. While currently in Cairo, Egypt, he is approached by a collector of rare antiquities and asked to participate in a British archeological excavation in the remote Turkana region of Kenya. They have unearthed something extraordinary and unusual...a Christian Byzantine church dating from the 5th century, long before Christianity arrived in East Africa, and in inexplicably perfect condition--as if it had been buried immediately after it was completed. The collector wants Merrin, an Oxford-educated archeologist, to find an ancient relic hidden within the church before the British find it. Interested, Merrin agrees to take the job. But beneath the church, something much older and malevolent sleeps, waiting to be awoken. When the archeologists start excavating, strange things begin occurring, and the local Turkana tribesmen who were hired to work refuse to enter the site. Things only get worse, ultimately resulting in madness and death. Merrin watches helplessly as the atrocities of war are repeated against another innocent village--atrocities he had hoped and prayed never to see again. The blood of innocents flows freely on the East African plane, but the horror has only just begun. In the place where Evil was born, Merrin will finally see its true face.
A new chapter of evil
Also Known As:
Exorcist IV: The Beginning
Title: Exorcist: The Beginning
Release Date: August 18, 2004
Runtime: 114 mins
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 5.0
Brimstone Pit Rating: 6 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With E
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for strong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language including some sexual dialogue.
Stellan Skarsgard ...Father Merrin
Izabella Scorupco ...Sarah
James D'Arcy ...Father Francis
Remy Sweeney ...Joseph
Julian Wadham ...Major Granville
Andrew French ...Chuma
Ralph Brown ...Sergeant Major
Ben Cross ...Semelier
David Bradley ...Father Gionetti
Alan Ford ...Jefferies
Antonie Kamerling ...Lieutenant Kessel
Eddie Osei ...Emekwi
Israel Aduramo ...Jomo
Patrick O'Kane ...Bession
James Bellamy ...James
Cecilia Amati ...Little Dutch Girl
Matti Ristinen ...Medieval Priest
Lidia Darly ...Sebituana's Wife
James Paparella ...Boy in Market
Silvio Jimenez Hernandez ...Stricken Turkana Worker
yemi Goodman Ajibade ...Turkana Shaman
Michel Leroy ...Tribesman in Hospital
John Sesay ...Turkana Warrior #1
Sayoh Lahai ...Turkana Warrior #2
Alessandro Casula ...Preacher with Pazuzu
Roberto Purvis ...Corporal Finn
Rupert Degas ...The Devil (voice)
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen
David C. Robinson
James G. Robinson
William Peter Blatty
William Wisher Jr.
Exorcist: The Beginning Horror Film Trailer 1
"Call to Prayers"
"We'll Meet Again"
More Movie Taglines:
- A new chapter of evil
- God is not here.
- Sarah: [possessed] What's the matter, Father? Don't you wanna fuck me anymore?
Sarah: [possessed] You want the whore, don't you? You wanna stick your big round cock up her juicy ass?
Sergeant Major: God is not here today, priest!
Sarah: This place... it's cursed.
Father Francis: This is the spot where Lucifer fell.
- John Frankenheimer voluntarily stepped down from directing the movie one month before his death.
Ryan Phillippe and Kerr Smith were both considered for the role of Father William Francis.
Liam Neeson was initially cast as Father Merrin.
Morgan Creek Productions fired Paul Schrader after he had submitted a completed movie, saying that he had given them "footage without any of the bloody violence the backers had wanted". He had already made it clear in interviews that he was making more of a psychological drama than an all-out gore-fest. He was fired and Renny Harlin was hired to re-shoot the movie. Almost 90% of the movie was re-shot and at least two characters have been dropped from Paul Schrader's version of the movie. Following the lackluster reception to Harlin's version, though, Schrader's version was finally released as Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005).
After director John Frankenheimer abandoned the project, it was rumored that Morgan Creek producers would hire David Rocksavage to go on with the movie. These rumors were proved wrong when Paul Schrader was hired.
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