Exorcist: The Beginning Movie Review 2004

Information and Film Reviews for Exorcist: The Beginning the Movie

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Once upon a time, Paul Schrader was set to make a prequel to the 1973 horror classic "The Exorcist." He shot his film, which was rejected by the producer as insufficiently scary. So Renny Harlin was hired to basically re-shoot (and re-cast) the entire movie. This backstory has got to be more interesting than what finally showed up on screen. In 1949, Merrin (holdover Skarsgard) has temporarily rejected the priesthood and is working as an archeologist. He agrees to travel to Kenya and bring back an artifact unearthed at a mysteriously preserved Byzantine church. Scary, possibly supernatural, things begin to happen--a child even becomes possessed! Would that any of the cheap theatrics could, more than momentarily, hold a viewer's interest. Schrader's version is also expected to be released on DVD.

Distribution

Warner Home Video, Inc., 5775 Linder Canyon Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91362, URL: http://whv.warnerbros.com, Remarks: Does not handle retail queries from consumers; contact your local video distributor.

Available on DVD
Running time 114 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Classic Horror, Psycho-Thriller, Devils, Nuns & Priests, Period Piece: 1940s, Middle East, Big Digs, Grim Reaper
Screenplay
William Wisher, Caleb Carr, Alexi Hawley
Cast
Stellan Skarsgard, James D'Arcy, Izabela Scorupco, Remy Sweeney, Julian Wadham, Andrew French, Ben Cross, David Bradley
Cinematography
Vittorio Storaro
Director
Renny Harlin
Music
Trevor Rabin
Other
Michael C. Moore, Mark Goldblatt, Eugenio Ulissl, Luke Reichle, Stefano Ortolani
Producer
James G. Robinson, Morgan Creek Productions, Warner Bros.

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